Newsletter - January 2015 Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability
Welcome to the first monthly newsletter of 2015 for our customers who fish Tweed.
Spring fishing opens up on the river on the 2nd of February and although not for the faint hearted, this month can offer you a good chance of catching a Tweed 'Springer'.
The Tweed system has seen some proper winter weather during the last month including gale force winds, storms, snow and below average temperatures. Looking towards opening week, forecasters are predicting a slow change from the very cold temperature we are currently experiencing to those that are normal for the time of year. The weather page on FishTweed will keep you up to date with the latest weather conditions for the Scottish Borders during the season. New for 2015, you can now insure your fishing against flooding disruption, where no fishing at all is possible due to flood conditions on the beat.
We have some good value fishings available on the site for February. Tweed specialist Tom Carter says "Fishing from below Coldstream all the way up to St Boswells will be worth a cast, you just never know when you might hook into that first springer of the season!" Tom recommends February beats to fish in this months issue.
Planning a trip to fish the Tweed this year? Our offices have been busy with callers from the UK and internationally as far as Australia. We have recommended places to fish across the Tweed system, including where to stay, appropriate equipment for trout and salmon fishing and guides. If you would like to view the latest fishing available or speak to a member of the team who can help organise your trip please call our offices on 01573 470612 or alternatively you can contact us by email.
River reports, prospects and individual beat reports will start from the end of the first week of the season and continue throughout the season. If you would like to receive a weekly update from our Tweed reporter please follow the link to - subscribe. If you have a story to tell, a photo to share or something you think fellow anglers might be interested in then please do give the office a call. It is always good to get news from the river and share it with the angling community.
Whether you are wetting a line this February or waiting to hear about your friends visits, remember we are only a telephone call or email away to help you organise your fishing trip to the Scottish borders this year. I hope you enjoy our first Tweed newsletter of 2015.
As we approach the new 2015 fishing season what has been apparent during the last few weeks is that we have had some good winter weather with snow, snow melt and much cooler conditions compared to the 2013/14 winter. The river during the last few weeks has been in good order and grayling anglers who have braved this cold snap have enjoyed excellent results with their sporting quarries.
The opening season looks very promising, but only time will tell. The beats of West Learmouth, Makerstoun, Upper Hendersyde, Lower Birgham, amongst others, are worth casting a line for Spring fish. Early fish could be scattered up and down the river so everyone stands a chance of the first fish on the Tweed - find fishing.
From the 15th of February it is also possible to spin for salmon on those beats which allow this method or for those who would like a brief rest from fly fishing.
As is now the tradition, there will be a good turnout at Tweedside Tackle on the evening of the opening day for the presentation of the Tweedside Tackle Trophy for the first salmon of the season caught on the river - read more.
The first of the 2015 reports for fish counts/numbers on the river Tweed and its tributaries have been published. The Whiteadder counter shows good numbers for the early part of the season, April giving the highest count yet and May/June the second best salmon totals yet recorded. Trout numbers were the second best yet recorded. If you would like to go fishing on the Whiteadder, a day's fishing in Spring starts from £25 - read more.
During the last few years we have been building up an unrivalled selection of places to stay that cater for anglers needs. We now have accommodation listed along the entire length of the river, offering you a selection of the very best hotels, pubs, guest houses, self catering establishments, including sites for caravans and motor homes - read more.
Our featured property this month is perfect for anglers fishing the lower Tweed. Border Cottage is a charming, period house offering spacious accommodation for 6 guests in the delightful village of Norham with a pub and excellent village amenities in easy walking distance and superb walks from the doorstep - read more.
FishPal’s CEO Mark Cockburn handed over a cheque last week to Nick Yonge of the Tweed Foundation for £3,416 from donations made by anglers when booking their fishing through the FishTweed website.
Mark Cockburn and Nick Yonge would like to thank all anglers for making a donation to the Tweed Foundation and for their continued support.
The FREE seminar at Ednam House Hotel, Wednesday 25th March, will focus on all aspects of Tweed Salmon, including what happens to these incredible fish during their life cycle as they make their way up and down our river system each year. Spawning, Tweed salmon at sea, catches, and trends in size and age will be some of the topics covered during the evening by their speakers - read more page.
Depending on which month of the season you fish the river, will directly determine the appropriate tackle you will need to bring. Thank you to Iain Wilson for his top files to use in February. For more information on equipment to bring during the season visit the tackle & flies pages listing shops on the Tweed, and those who specialise in salmon and trout fishing.
Iain Wilson from Borders Gunroom recommends the following early spring flies. Ice Maiden tube, created for early season cold water conditions. Monkey a Scandinavian Sunray Shadow styled fly but with a lot more presence in the water, tied on copper a tube the Monkey is a catcher in the big flows in February. Cascade fishes well in all heights and conditions of all of the rivers. Eternal Optimist copper tube, Tweed anglers and boatmen regard it as a must have pattern in the fly box. Iain can be contact on 01835 822 844.
We would encourage you to look at the Anglers Guide for salmon which covers unhooking, recovery and recording your catch. It is essential that we all Check, Clean and Dry our equipment and clothing after fishing to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive non-native species which can damage our rivers and waterbodies.
If you are taking a photograph with your prized spring fish, the best shots are typically in the water, holding the fish horizontally in or just above it, before you return it. Don't forget to send us your latest catch photographs to appear on FishTweed - your photographs.
If you want to fish somewhere you haven't been to before, then a guide can make all the difference between success and failure - read more. If you would like to try salmon fishing this Spring book a day on Tweedswood with AAPGAI casting instructor and head ghillie Kevin Paterson.
Farlows group courses on the Tweed last year were a fantastic success! With 15 Tweed salmon landed in 2014, they have added more courses for 2015 - read more.
You may have seen Tweed Forum at a local event this year, using their miniature river catchment model to demonstrate a very big idea on a very small scale.
As Luke Comins, Director of Tweed Forum, explains, “using our unique catchment model to show how Natural Flood Management works has been a big success for us at various events throughout Scotland this last year. People really get to grips with Natural Flood Management, something quite theoretical, when they can see it working right in front of their eyes.”
Tweed Forum’s innovative catchment model is a tangible demonstration of Natural Flood Management (NFM), using 2 miniature river catchments to explore how NFM works. One catchment features various NFM measures, whereas the other reflects a more typical rural landscape - read more.
There is a concern in Scotland over the impact of coastal netting on the health of the spring wild salmon stocks. While the extent of active net coastal, mixed stock fisheries in Scotland has declined, there remain a large and undefined number of inactive netting stations in Scotland, for which the netting rights still exist.
Worryingly, there has been significant activity in the market for those dormant stations leading to serious concerns that a large increase in unregulated exploitation of salmon at sea may be about to occur in Scotland. Please sign the petition set up by Ian Gordon which closes Monday 26th January - read more.
Keep sharing your news, stories and photographs for the weekly Tweed report to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 - read more.
The FREE fishing app from FishPal is popular with anglers and boatman fishing the Tweed. The constantly updated river levels and latest catches pages are their favourite pages.
Follow the link to find out more, including how to download the FREE Fishing Information App - read more.