Tweed has a deserved reputation as one of the world's great salmon fisheries. Since the 17th century, anglers have been sport fishing the river for its famous run of salmon.
Victorian salmon anglers enjoyed some of the finest fishing in Tweed's angling history and their innovative approach to tackle design is still reflected in present day tackle.
With the advent of Victorian fly fishing tackle, the evolution of modern rods and reels had begun. No longer were salmon played on a 'tight line' or line tied to the rod tip, but rather a 'loose line' which ran through the rod rings.
This allowed greater opportunity to land big Tweed salmon, which the 'tight line' method was simply no match for the greenheart, ash and hickory rods, which often exceeded 20ft, were complemented with heavy brass reels, weighing up to 2lbs in weight.
This period of Tweed's angling history was superbly documented and immortalised in print by some of the finest piscatorial writers such as Scrope, Younger and Thomas Stoddart.
Let ither angler choose their ain
An' either waters tak' the lead
O'Wielan streams we covet nane
But gi'e to us the bonnie Tweed
An' gi'e to us the cheerfu burn
That steals into its valley fair
The streamlets that at ilka turn
Sae softly meet an' mingle there
Thomas Stoddart, 1866.
Tweed is the second longest river in Scotland and takes great pride in the fact that it produces more fish caught to the fly than any other river in Britain.
The river is 98 miles long and gains life from a staggering 1500 sq miles (4000 sq km) of border catchment area.