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

Summer Fishing On Tweed

We might only just be turning the clock into Summer fishing and casting a line for sea trout and summer salmon, but, I wanted to bring to your attention that we have been extremely busy in recent weeks with 'back end' bookings and as a result we now have limited availability.

Early June Salmon on Tillmouth

November remains the month where there is still some availability, as many anglers typically leave it late to book, whilst checking the long range weather forecast.

Last year, not a single days fishing was lost in November and whilst it is still too early to try and forecast the weather, if you are looking to fish the back end on the Tweed then fairly soon the last two weeks in November will be all that is left.

The Find Fishing page will help you find what is available. Some beats are now completely full.

Just an early heads up folks, great to see the Tweed remaining so popular, but don't leave booking your fishing trip too late - it's being snapped up right now.

How fitting in a week where Hendersyde are currently the leading contenders of the FishPal Malloch Trophy that the current winners of the Malloch Trophy, Boleside, received the Bemersyde Trophy for the largest fish caught on the Tweed last year. The award was presented at Bemersyde House - read more.

Our Marketing Director Anne and Tweedswood beat played host this month to an introduction day to salmon fishing for staff at VisitScotland - read more.

With Fathers Day this weekend why not mark this special day with the gift of fishing or a FishPal gift voucher - read more.

I will be attending the following shows during the forthcoming weeks, Highland Show and Scone Palace Game Fair, please come and say hello.

Tight lines everybody!

Mark Cockburn
CEO FishPal

FishPal Malloch Trophy

Fishing In June

Unsettled conditions and a difficult week so far on the river this month, with two significant rises in levels to contend with last week. It's encouraging to see that beats on the Till are catching a few sea trout at the moment, this is an improvement in catches by comparison to last season. Fish are of a good size with sea trout in the 4 to 6lbs range being caught regularly and a few double figure fish now appearing in catches. With this in mind the following beats are worth considering casting a line for sea trout and salmon.

Tiptoe: one mile of fishing on the River Till. Fourteen named pools provide exciting and varied fishing along a mixture of streamy, holding pools. Anglers can wade and bank fish. A fishing hut is positioned mid-way with a bench and a shelter - read more.

Bluestone: two miles of single right bank fishing with twelve named pools across two beats. Rods rotate at lunch time. The beat owner has made significant improvements to access for anglers on this beautiful stretch of river - read more.

Junction: two rods for week commencing 16th June have become available on this iconic beat.

Middle Pavilion: fishes well in high or low water. There are eight named pools, a traditional Tweed boat and experienced full time ghillie on hand to guide anglers and give assistance wherever possible. Seven pools can be fished off the bank or by easy wading along gravel, whilst the other deep pool is fished from the boat. The beat enjoys excellent facilities.

Boleside: the beats position just below the meeting of the Tweed with the Ettrick Water accounts for much of its success, hence the beat does well in early summer. The beat is lightly fished during the summer months. Good access by car to the fishing hut and most of the ten pools.

If you would like more information and advice on Summer fishing for salmon, sea trout and brown trout, please contact Tom on 01573 470612.

Crabtree & Crabtree

May 'Fish of the Month' Winner

Hendersyde May Winner

Congratulations to Mr Wayne Longstaff winner of May's fish of the month competition sponsored by Borders Gunroom - read more.

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

Keep sending your photographs with your fish whilst still in the river to our very popular 'Your Photos' page.


Lines & Flies For June

Anglers fishing are using full floating lines with intermediate/slow sink tips attached. Leaders should be 5-6ft in length and of around 12-15lb breaking strain - read more.

Caledonia Fly Company

Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company has recommended his top salmon and sea trout patterns for June. He said "With water temperature moving up to the 50 degrees and over salmon will be more likely to come all the way to the surface for your fly so smaller lighter patterns are the order for the month of June - read more

We asked James Robbins from Shakespeare rods why the fashionable switch rod is perfect for sea trout and summer grilse fishing, not only on Tweed tributaries but also the main river - 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.

Controlling Alien Invaders

Tweed Forum

The second feature in a series of news from the Tweed Forum focuses on controlling alien invaders - Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam.

The main target species for our control effort has been Giant Hogweed a particularly nasty invasive weed common in the UK but originally from North America - read more.

Luke Comins says "The key to preventing re-colonisation is good biosecurity from those who are enjoying the river. This can be as simple as brushing one’s clothes down before leaving the river and washing boots clean of mud. We would advise all anglers to take these simple precautions in order to preserve the river Tweed for everyone".

International Fishing Alaska

Sportquest Alaska

FishPal's international holiday partners Sportquest share with us why Alaska is one of the favourite fishing destinations of their CEO Peter Collingsworth.

Goodnews River lodge boasts outstanding runs of all five species of pacific Salmon, including sea run Dolly Varden, resident Leopard Rainbows and Grayling. These fish are fresh and feisty, and will challenge your angling skills.

This is the ONLY full service lodge on the entire three branch river system where you will experience the solitude and peaceful beauty of Alaska as it should be. It's just you, the fish and no crowds - read more.

Latest Tweed News

Visit Scotland Introduction To Salmon Fishing

For the latest fishing news, photographs and events updated daily, visit FishTweed on Facebook and Twitter.

Keep sharing your news, stories and photographs for the weekly Tweed report from Iain Wilson. Email

Do keep sending in your catch pictures standing in the river holding your fish Your Photos page.

If you would like more information on fishing in the Scottish Borders please contact Tom on 01573 470612. He can offer advice on beats, guides, instruction and places 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.

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