Lower Birgham Fishing Club
1) At least a week before arriving, or as soon as possible, please ring the Head Boatman, Tom Davis on 07796 975927 to ensure that he knows that you are coming and to get
instructions on where and when to meet him at the start of the day. The English hut is to be found at the end of the Carham Hall drive, past the Hall by the river. The
Scottish hut is at the end of the track, the gate of which is on the right angle bend, where the road from Coldstream turns away from the river.
2) Please note, that after the end of the third full week in May until the third week in August, there is only one Boatman working on the Beat. He has other duties to attend to and is only available to show rods the beat for an hour at the start of the day. If rods wish to have the services of a Boatman full time, this might be possible, at an additional cost, but cannot be guaranteed. Any such request should be made to the Head Boatman at least one week in advance, at which time the Head Boatman will advise the rod of the additional cost, should a Boatman be available.
3) Fishing shall normally commence at 9.00am and shall normally cease at 5.00pm, such hours to include at least one hour's lunch break. When conditions make it desirable to fish outside these hours, Fishermen may fish from the bank without the Boatmen, but, should the Boatmen's services be desired, Fishermen may negotiate times with the Boatmen, as long as it is recognised that they are only required to work for 8 hours a day, and that they may not always be available outside their normal working day.
4) Please note that you may not share your rod on any one day without written permission from the Club.
5) Please ensure that the Head Boatman is informed of the full details of any fish caught.
6) If you need information on what equipment to bring, please ring the Head Boatman.
7) All rods must abide by the Club rules, which are displayed in both huts. Please read them carefully.
1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen at: this page
2. The season is from 1st February to 30th November and there is no fishing on Sundays.
3. On or before 14th February and on or after 15th September it is fly only. At other times you are asked to have a good try with a fly first, and only resort to a spinner if you really have to in the very last part of your visit.
4. No prawns, worms, shrimps or gaffs can be used at any time.
5. SPRING SALMON & SEA-TROUT. LAW:
It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
SPRING SALMON TWEED RULES:
These Rules apply to all Salmon and Grilse (not Seatrout)
for the period 1st April to 30th June each year on
the whole of the Tweed catchment.
• Anglers must return to the water ALL Salmon and
Grilse caught up to the end of June, unharmed.
• Every effort must be taken by the angler and
boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught.
SALMON CAUGHT AFTER 30TH JUNE:
• Salmon caught after 30th June should be returned
if they are not fresh (i.e. not silver) and therefore
likely to be Spring stock.
Every effort must be taken by the angler and boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught; only those fish that have actually died in the course of resuscitation may be removed from the water. No one is allowed to dispatch a fish, e.g. by use of a priest. On no account may any fish be killed.
Fish that have died will be the property of the Fishery Proprietors to dispose of as is seen appropriate however, fish that have died should be used to further the scientific knowledge of our Spring stock. The beat MUST therefore:
* Keep a record that a fish has not been able to be revived, and
* Provide The Tweed Foundation with the length, weight, scales, and any tissue samples they require from the dead fish.
6. HOOK TYPE: The use of barbless hooks is encouraged, especially for Spring fishing. Flatten or remove barbs to make hook removal easier and to cause less damage and stress to the fish.
7. Anglers are expected to comply with the Code of Good Angling Practice produced by the RTC which can be seen at: this page
There is a weight/length chart available on the RTC website at: this page
Anglers returning Salmon before 30th June may order a 'Spring Salmon' shirt (restricted to two per person per season) from The Tweed Foundation by making a donation - see details under 'Claims' section of the Spring leaflet which can be seen at: href="http:/ target="new">this page