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

New Fishing Insurance Policy

Many of you will be aware of an exciting new product that has been developed exclusively for FishPal & FishTweed customers. For sometime FishPal has been searching for an insurance scheme for tenants, but could find nothing that we could recommend. We therefore decided to set up our own scheme and after much hard work and many months waiting for compliance agreement from the Financial Conduct Authority, we are now ready to launch it to co-incide with the last month of fishing on Tweed.

Autumn Salmon on Bemersyde

The policy provided by Towergate Insurance and only available through FishPal covers Trip Cancellation by tenants due to unavoidable events beyond their control; Flooding disruption where no fishing at all is possible due to flood conditions on the beat - read more.

For those of us hoping to cast a line on the river this month, there is still some availability on the system. Speaking with boatman today on beats in the middle to the upper stretches, the river is at a good height and fish are being seen throughout the system - latest catches.

This month sees beats starting to add their 2015 Spring availability. We are working hard with owners and agents to get all availability on to the system during December. To make the most of FishTweed we recommend you book a Rod Alert to receive emails denoting new availabilities on your selected beat(s).

Whether you are wetting a line or enjoying talking about the 'one that got away' have a great week and remember we are only a telephone call or email away to help you book your next fishing trip to the Tweed.

Tight lines For November

Anne Woodcock
Marketing Director

FishPal Malloch Trophy

November Beats To Fish

Kevin Paterson, head boatman Tweedswood beat says "I am fed up listening to all the doom and gloom merchants, preaching the season is finished and its not worth going out again. Now is the 'true backend' when the leaves are clearing and there is a greater chance to connect with a salmon. If you are going to catch that fish of a life time, this is when the Big Fish are caught. I agree its been a poor season, but moaning and getting despondent will not resolve it. One poor season and its by far not the worst, will not hurt the Tweed. It is a fantastic place to be and theres plenty of chances still to catch a November salmon".

20lb salmon caught on last day of 2013 season at Tweedswood

Tweedswood: is ghillied by Kevin Patterson who is happy to help out wherever possible to ensure that your time at Tweedswood will be memorable. He is on hand to ensure a great day's fishing and can give expert advice on various casting styles, appropriate tackle, river conditions and lies. One mile of double bank fishing, eight named pools, easy safe wading - read more.

Drygrange Fishings comprise the Leaderfoot Pool, a long pool which can be fished from either bank with no opposition. Drygrange is probably the shortest beat on Middle Tweed, and in the right conditions is productive - read more.

Nest is a very attractive and relatively easily accessed stretch, offering good Upper Tweed fishing at reasonable prices. - read more.

Horsbrugh beat enjoys 2.5 miles of single bank fishing with 11 named pools, along with easy access to the river bank from the car park - read more.

Congratulations Ladies - beginner Alexandra Davenport fishing Bluestone beat has caught her first salmon, which was netted by fellow angler Stephanie Aston. The ladies fished the beat in September when there was no water, they returned today to perfect conditions - Bluestone Beat.

If you would like more information and advice on salmon, grayling and where to stay please contact Tom on 01573 470612.

Autumn Accommodation Offers For FishTweed Customers

November Salmon Lines And Flies

Continuing our series on flies and lines, Malcolm Anderson, Caledonia Fly Company shares his November flies and Scott Mackenzie, Mackenzie DTX discusses why the line you use is so important this month.

Scott Mackenzie Fly Lines

This is the time of year when there is a dramatic change. “What works one day may not work another” says Scott Mackenzie. Using the right line does make life easier, having a line that can adapt to fishing at different depths like a shooting head system, gives the angler flexibility - read more.

Now the clocks have changed and the light starts to fade during the last few hours of fishing, try a Whitewing, Ice Maiden or Junction Shrimp. This tactic can sometimes produce a fish when other methods have failed - read more. Contact your local Tweed stockists for salmon flies this Autumn.

The FishTweed site has a comprehensive list of local fly dressers to tackle shops, including those that offer wader and rod hire. Everything you need for a days fishing - read more.

Win A Mackenzie Rod

Tweed Grayling Fishing

Sky Sports Fish Tweed

Sky Sports Tight Lines are back on the Tweed this month fishing for grayling. Keith is joined by specialist guides Finlay Wilson and Mike Allen chasing the lady of the stream. See Keith catch his first Tweed grayling and on his third cast hook into his first Tweed salmon - read more.

Have you been bitten by the grayling bug, if you have you will know what terrific winter’s season sport there is out there. Lightweight rods and line with sometimes the heaviest of leaded flies and tungsten bugs to seek out the most beautiful looking fish in our freshwater rivers and streams - read more.

If you would like to chase grayling this winter on Tweed, Fin Wilson with Mike Allen and Martin Stewart are hosting two grayling courses starting December. Techniques covered during the course consist of Czech nymphing, French nymphing, dry fly and duo/trio style, and fishing for the prized lady of the stream - read more.

FishPal Malloch Trophy

Keep sending in your entries to the FishPal Malloch Trophy. The winner will receive a prestigious trophy, along with a selection of prizes which include a place on Scott Mackenzie's casting school.

Every entry we receive this year will receive a unique Malloch Trophy fishing hat. Entry forms can be found - read more

FishPal Malloch Trophy Entry Form

Christmas Gift Ideas

FishPal Gift Vouchers

If you want to give someone a really special present, consider a fishing gift voucher from FishPal?

Our fishing vouchers are a great way to mark any special occasion or as a 'thank you' and are the perfect gift for the angler who has 'everything'! Their versatility means that the recipient can choose exactly when and where he/she would like to go and which species are sought, be it salmon, trout, sea trout, grayling or coarse fish.

The voucher can only be used to buy fishing which is showing availability on our system. The extent of this can be checked by using any of the Find Fishing pages or by calling our help desk - read more

Latest Tweed News

Autumn Salmon On Boleside

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.

Autumn offers from Crabtree and Crabtree