Tillmouth Gillies/Boatmen

Willy Elliot

Head Boatman

Stuart Deans

Boatman

Davey Tait

Boatman

John Edey

Boatman


Michael Chapman

Boatman

Richard Chapman

Boatman

Kyle Brown

Boatman


For the novice or experienced flyfisherman alike, the benefits of having the assistance of a knowledgeable fishing guide on hand are not only undeniable but in so many cases, an essential part of catching a salmon or sea trout. Tillmouth's owners wish every rod to have the most fulfilling salmon fishing experience even if the conditions are challenging. In order to ensure this, we offer something unique to Tweed salmon fishing by employing full time, hugely experienced boatmen who will personally guide and assist you throughout your time spent fishing Tillmouth. Between them our boatmen have over 100 years' experience of fishing at Tillmouth! They are the beating heart of the fishery and possess an intimate knowledge of the beat and the methods best employed to hook and land a salmon or sea trout for our visiting anglers.

We do not employ seasonal boatmen or have one boatman to numerous rods. Uniquely, each rod has the benefit of one boatmen to themselves from 9am to 5pm to look after you. This offers unrivalled advantages in terms of fishing advice and safety for visiting fishermen and their guests, which often proves invaluable for the younger and older fishers. You will not be left alone on a vast stretch of foreboding water having been "pointed" in the right direction and left to get on with it. We want your day to be fulfilled from the very start and our men will assist you with tackling up at the beginning of the day and tackling down at the end, selecting the correct tackle to meet the prevailing conditions and, of course, have a healthy discussion for selecting the appropriate fly !! When you get on to the river they will show you best salmon lies, how to fish them and encourage you to try a few techniques they have acquired over the years which might well be new to you - trust them - if you ask for their advice, you can be assured it is based on hard earned experience from years of salmon fishing on Tillmouth. We believe in employing our men year in, year out, full time, and commend them to our anglers as a friendly and reliable team of men committed to your fishing pleasure. As is testified time and again by the many rods who return to us year on year, the Tillmouth boatmen are a major asset to the fishery and an essential part of what makes the Tillmouth experience unique. They are one of the many reasons our customers return to us time and again to fish this unique stretch of river.