Newsletter - May 2014     Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability

The Malloch Trophy Has A New Sponsor

We are proud to announce that our sister company, FishPal, are the new sponsors of the Malloch Trophy for the largest salmon caught on the fly and released in Scotland. How fitting that the biggest fish in Scotland this year has been caught this month on the River Tweed.

May started in fine style on Tweed with a 33lb springer caught by Wayne Longstaff on Hendersyde beat (May 5th). This is the largest salmon on the fly so far in Scotland this year and a contender for the FishPal Malloch Trophy.

Hendersyde Salmon

John Munsey fishing Hendersyde with Wayne Longstaff, had just caught his first spring fish of the day and passed his rod to Wayne to fish the rest of the pool. On the next cast Wayne hooked into the magnificent 33 pounder (pictured). Head ghillie John Kitchingham said "the sea liced fish was weighed and a photograph was quickly taken to capture the 'once in a life time achievement' and then safely released. The fish was so firm we could not get a scale sample and we didn't wish to damage it by scraping it hard. Normally there are scales in the net, there was not a single one from this beautiful specimen salmon" - read more.

With the weather improving, anglers are out chasing trout on the river, casting a line into trickling flows of Olive Uprights and flushes of Grannom. The Upper Tweed and Ettrick are currently worth a visit. The FishTweed site has everything you need for a days trout or still water fishing in the region, from guides to availability - read more.

With Fathers Day only weeks away, giving the gift of a days fishing is a great way to mark this special day. Their versatility means that the recipient can choose exactly when and where they would like to go and which species to fish for be it salmon, sea trout or trout - read more.

Don't forget to send us photos of your prize catch being safely returned to the river!

Tight lines everybody!

Anne Woodcock
Marketing Director

Fishing For Early Summer

With weather patterns changing slightly and temperatures starting to rise, anglers fishing the lower river should see an improvement in their catches. As June approaches and the prospect of longer days and brighter mornings we should see a noticeable rise in the numbers of sea trout entering the system. Sea trout catches during the last few days have improved with fish up to 8lbs reported. With this in mind the following beats are worth considering as fish start to hug these beats waiting to move upstream in the settled summer conditions. Check availability on Ladykirk, Pedwell, The Boathouse, Tillmouth, West Learmouth and the following:

Tweedhill: In low water there is scarcely a better place to be on the entire river system. Being part tidal, fresh fish are brought into the beat twice in every 24 hours, offering magnificent sport. 24 named pools with excellent fly water.

Horncliffe: The beat lies approximately six miles inland from Berwick-upon-Tweed, providing anglers with two miles of single bank fishing on the right (south) bank of the Tweed and is divided into three beats. Tenants are usually allowed to fish outside normal hours.

Milne Graden: The beat fishes particularly well in low and mid water conditions where other beats further upstream might struggle. Fish are also regularly caught when the river level is 3 feet on the Norham gauge. Over the years Milne Graden has developed a reputation as an excellent sea trout fishery.

Tiptoe: Approximately two miles upstream from the junction with the Tweed. Fishing at Tiptoe on the River Till is predominantly for salmon and sea trout and offers the able-bodied angler day or night fishing opportunities.

If you would like more information about Summer fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, please contact our offices on 01573 470612 and speak to a member of the team. We offer advice on where to fish, guides and places to stay.

April 'Fish of the Month' Winner

Junction April Winner

Congratulations to Jono Booth winner of April fish of the month competition. His 24lb spring salmon was caught using the fly on Junction beat - read more.

To enter your Tweed salmon into the May competition please follow this link.

Keep sending your photographs of fish into the very popular 'Your Photos' page.


Lines & Flies For May

Anglers fishing the river this month are using full floating lines with slow/intermediate/heavier sink tips attached or intermediate lines if fishing further down the river. Leaders should be 5-6ft in length and of around 15lb breaking strain.

Caledonia Fly Company

We asked Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company what's so special about the pot belly cascade (pictured) that the 33lb Hendersyde fish was caught on. He said "the difference is the addition of boar bristles in the dressing which makes up part of the tail of the fly. This will give the fly added movement and vibration in the river."

FishTweed reporter, Iain Wilson (Borders Gunroom), also recommends the following flies to try this month 1/2' to 1' copper tubes, coneheads and crimp tubes. Dressed Flies size 6 to 10 and patterns to try are Posh Tosh, Black and Yellow, Cascade, Monkey, Eternal Optimist, Gold Bodied Willie Gunn, Park Shrimp - read more.

Borders Gunroom have special offers this month on switch rods, perfect for sea trout fishing and fishing Tweed tributaries - read more.

We can't stress this enough - please contact your boatman/ghillie a few days before your days fishing to get advice on the correct line, nylon and flies to use. Their contact details are within your booking confirmation - please contact the office on 01573 470612 if you have lost your booking confirmation or need it re-sending.

New Owners at Upper Dryburgh

Following the acquisition of the Upper Dryburgh beat, new owners, the Upper Dryburgh Fishing Partnership are very excited about what the beat has to offer guest rods.

Upper Dryburgh

In the past, fished in rotation with what is now Lower Dryburgh, the beat has been private. Now day rods are available and visiting rods have the chance to fish an iconic and productive stretch of water which is overlooked by the famous Scott’s View and Wallace Statue in a glorious and secluded setting downstream of Bemersyde. The one mile of double bank fishing is highly productive, and has seven named pools holding fish through spring, summer and autumn and with a pool to suit all water levels. There is a well equipped and easily accessed hut next to Dryburgh Mains.

Rod Dixon is settling into his role as Head Ghillie and is proving very popular with visiting rods. Before taking early retirement to follow his dream, in a previous life Rod was a PE Teacher and brings a sense of enthusiasm and proactivity to his role as ghillie. Rod has previous experience at Dryburgh, having helped out George Inglis on Dryburgh North during the autumn season for a number of years.

The Eddleston Water Project

Tweed Forum

Over the coming months we will be highlighting some of the work of the Tweed Forum to conserve and enhance the Tweed. This month we focus on The Eddleston Water Project.

The Eddleston Water is a 20km tributary of the River Tweed near Peebles. Over time, the course of the river and catchment has been extensively altered and virtually the whole of the main stem was straightened in the early 19th century.

These changes have damaged the river environment, leading to the loss of over a quarter of the river’s original length - read more.

Cuba With Sportquest Holiday

Sportquest Cuba

Been thinking about Cuba but couldn’t make up your mind about where to go or what to catch? Well hesitate no more!

Sportquest Holidays are offering FishTweed customers the following offer - for everyone who books a week of Tarpon fishing in Cayo Santa Maria, which is one of the best and most exclusive Tarpon fisheries on this planet, they will throw in 3 days of Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon fishing in San Lazaro for FREE!

This is a limited offer and is on a first come first serve basis - read more.

Latest Tweed News

FishPal At Sportfish

Keep up to date with the latest news, photographs and events updated by the team on FishTweed's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Keep sharing your news, stories and photographs with Tweed reporter Iain Wilson on

Don't forget to send your pictures of Tweed to Your Photos page.

If you would like more information about fishing the river, please contact our offices on 01573 470612 and speak to a member of the team who can tailor your trip to the Scottish Borders and offer advice on beats, guides, instruction and where to stay.

And Finally

In a sport where success can be directly related to the particular weather and water conditions, accurate information, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is invaluable. The FishTweed prospects page has all the information and links you need to keep up to date with the latest conditions.