1. Number of Rods/Subletting
A maximum of two rods are allowed on the beat. At times when water heights are suitable and/or fish are plentiful the Head Boatman may at his sole discretion permit a third rod to fish. The decision as to whether to fish a third rod will be taken on a day to day basis and will not be as of right. If the named Tenant cannot personally take up his let or wishes only to fish part of the time then a replacement may be permitted, but only by prior arrangement with the Factor. Fishing may not be permanently assigned. Fishing may not be sublet.
2. Services of Boatman
For the months of September, October and November the Tenants on both the Upper and Lower Beats will have the services of a Boatman. For the months of February to June inclusive the Tenants on the Upper and Lower Beats will share the services of the Head Boatman as shall be arranged by him. At the time the Tenant does not have the services of the Boatman he may be allowed the use of one boat on the understanding that the second Boatman is adjudged competent and the river conditions are suitable. In this regard the Head Boatman's decision shall be final. The Boatmen's hours are lOam through to 5pm with one hour (lpm-2pm) off for lunch, Monday to Saturday (6 days). Please note that after the clocks go back in October the hours will be 9.3Oam to 4.3Opm with one hour (12.3Opm-l.3Opm) off for lunch. Fishing is not permitted outwith these hours unless by private arrangement with the Head Boatman. Tenants may not employ and/or use their own professional Boatman. During the months of July and August the services of a Boatman will not be offered. Boats may only be used by prior arrangement with the Head Boatman and will not be available to Tenants as of right.
3. Health and Safety
Please note that the Boatmen are under strict instruction to ensure that all Tenants fishing from the boats are advised to wear the Life jackets provided in the huts. It is also recommended that all Tenants when wading wear a life jacket or buoyancy aid and make use of a wading stick. There shall be no more than two persons (including the Boatman) in a boat at any one time when fishing is in progress.
It is strongly recommended that Tenants wear some form of eye protection and a hat when fly fishing. In all matters connected with Health and Safety the Head Boatman's decision shall be final, in particular in regard to the use of boats and wading at times of high water.
Fly or spinner are the only permitted baits subject to the following:
1st - 14th February, fly only
15th February - 14th September, fly or spinner
15th September -30th November, fly only
Spinning may only take place after due consultation with the Head Boatman, subject to the Tweed Commissioners Angling Code.
5. Tweed Commissioners Angling Code
The owners of the Makerstoun Fishings fully support the recommendations of the Tweed Commissioners which have been put forward in an effort to preserve and enhance the Spring Salmon stocks. In consequence the Tenants are required to observe the following rules: Not to use artificial prawns, shrimps or multiple hooks (a "treble" count as one)
Catch and release of alternate Spring fish (i.e release the first, keep the second and so on). In exceptional circumstances (e.g. first salmon ever caught) and at the Boatman's sole discretion a first fish may be kept, the second released and so on. All tagged, unclean, unseasonable or foulhooked fish should be returned. To use the Fly where possible for Spring fishing, spinning being used as a method of last resort. Please note that by law no fish taken from the River Tweed may be sold.
6. General Conditions
If you have been fishing abroad prior to your fishing at Makerstoun please contact the Head Boatman regarding the disinfecting of your tackle. No refunds will be made after booking if you subsequently decide not to, or are unable to take up your fishings. In line with general fishing practice, no refunds will be made if weather or river conditions spoil or curtail your week.
During the months of July and August it must be understood that weed cutting takes place on the River Tweed. Whilst it is hoped that this will not materially interfere with your fishing it must be understood that this activity will be taking place and as such the fishing is let subject to this possible "inconvenience".
Dogs may accompany Fishers but they must be kept under strict control when on Estate property. Whilst a deep freeze will be made available for your use it must be understood that in the unlikely event of it going off the Estate will not be held liable for any loss of stored fish. Whilst this letting allows the Tenant to have access to fish the Makerstoun water the Tenant is reminded to take every precaution whilst exercising the rights granted, especially when wading and in the boats. In this regard the Owners will not be held responsible for any injury, damage or loss suffered by the Tenant. All boats and equipment provided by the Owners or their Employees are maintained in serviceable condition, it must be understood that the equipment is used by the Tenant at his own risk. The owners and their employees shall not be held liable for any loss or damage to fishing equipment used on the Estate Water. In this regard Tenants are recommended to carry appropriate insurance and not to leave equipment overnight in the fishing huts. The fishing huts now have kitchens and WCs. It would be appreciated if the "facilities" could be left clean and tidy at the end of the let. Tenants are required to have in place current public liability insurance cover. Such cover is normally provided within "householders" policies.
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