Newsletter - March 2015 Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability
March and the beginning of Spring on Tweed. The water temperature is slowly increasing, longer daylight hours and salmon are now across the system.
This month we are focusing on affordable spring salmon and trout fishing on the river, something that's popular with you all after last months response to the special price on West Learmouth for February and March, which sold out very quickly. We had many calls from anglers asking if the price was correct. Find Affordable Fishing.
With the Easter break only a couple of weeks away we have highlighted accommodation offers available on the river. This months featured hotel is the award winning hotel and restaurant the Collingwood Arms, a popular hotel with anglers and perfect for beats on the lower river. If you are looking to get away for a short break we have an unrivalled selection of accommodation and fishing to suit all budgets.
I have also highlighted two of the tackle shops located on the river. Both Tweedside Tackle and Borders Gunroom have a superb selection of fly fishing equipment and flies. Those of you who fancy a quick get away and don't want to bring your equipment with you, they both offer a tackle and wader hire service.
Regardless of your casting ability, starting a fishing trip under the expert guidance of an instructor will improve your casting technique and river skills, allowing you the opportunity to safely and effectively present your fly across the stream. Find a Guide on the River Tweed.
This month we are joining forces with the Tweed Foundation at their Seminar - The Ups and Downs of Tweed Salmon, to be held at the Ednam House Hotel, Kelso, to present the winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy and beat with their prestigious prizes. Come along and join us at 7pm on the 25th March.
If you need any help with arranging a trip for the Easter break to Tweed then do give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612. He will help you find the perfect beat for you and your family and can also recommend places to stay near your chosen beat.
If you are out and about with friends and family fishing Tweed the next few weeks please send in your news and photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org and who knows, like Wayne fishing last Spring on Tweed, you may catch this years FishPal Malloch Trophy winning fish.
Wayne Longstaff the 2014 winner of Scotland’s most prestigious angling award and the greatest honour in British game fishing will receive the FishPal Malloch Trophy at the end of the Tweed Foundation seminar. Winning beat Hendersyde and head boatman John Kitchingham will also be recognised at the event.
Mark Cockburn, FishPal CEO, says "This year we wanted to bring the most prestigious trophy in game angling to the winning river. What better place than in one of the iconic fishing hotels in Scotland, on the banks of the Tweed and overlooking the famous Junction pool".
Contrary to popular belief Spring fishing on Tweed is affordable and is good value. Fishing is available to suit anglers of all ages, ability and financial means. FishTweed's Tom Carter recommends the following beats for March/April:
Tillmouth and Milne Graden beats offer some affordable fishing this month with prices starting from as little as £30 plus vat. Looking at both beats catch statistics if the weather settles anglers should see some sport in both high and low water conditions. For a selection of the best places to stay on the lower Tweed - read more.
Dryburgh Lower have caught 3 fish so far this month. The beat starts at the highly productive Hotel Steps pool for approximately one mile to the end of the Long Stream approximately half a mile above Mertoun Bridge. The fishing boasts excellent fly water and a host of attractive streams and pools most of which give easy wading and which hold fish throughout spring - read more.
For the latest catches and news on the river this week visit the river reports page.
There are over twenty different clubs on Tweed and each has its own stretch of water and is run by their own committee of knowledgeable anglers. Tom recommends the following stretches of water for trout fishing - Jedforest Angling Association and Monteviot on the Teviot and Gala Angling Association on Tweed.
Mick Charlton is hosting a open day on Friday 27th March at Middle Pavilion to encourage those who have not yet experienced the beat to come and have a cast and meet the boatmen - read more.
Anglers looking for some where to stay near the beat, Fauhope is a secluded country house B&B in the heart of the Scottish Borders in Melrose, with views that have inspired artists - read more.
Bluestone on the River Whiteadder offers affordable salmon and seatrout fishing for anglers of all ages and abilities. Fishery owner Andrew Lee is welcoming anglers to the beat on Saturday April 11th - read more.
Next time you’re on the river and notice that your favourite castle, bridge or folly has been treated to a little TLC, it may well be that you have Tweed Forum to thank. Our programme of built heritage restoration is, arguably, a less well-known aspect of our work but we’re just as passionate about towers, bridge aprons and finely dressed stone as we are about the wildlife and habitats of the Tweed catchment.
The Tweed Catchment Management Plan (CMP) is at the heart of everything Tweed Forum does. It encompasses the entirety of the Tweed Catchment including the built and cultural heritage of the river and its environs - read more.
FishTweed’s featured hotel for March is The Collingwood Arms Hotel at Cornhill upon Tweed.
The multi-award winning 15 bedroom hotel and restaurant offers a luxurious home from home welcome to their guests and prides itself on attention to detail with the very highest levels of comfort and service.
With views across the River Tweed and into the Scottish Borders the hotel is perfect for lower beats on Tweed and is just a short walk from Tillmouth beat.
The hotel’s restaurant and bar enjoys a good range of lagers, ales, spirits and whiskies. Sunday Lunch & their popular curry nights are also highly recommended.
Special offer running until May 1st – Book a three night stay at The Collingwood Arms and only pay for two nights. For more information call 01890 882424 - read more.
During the last few years we have been built up an unrivalled selection of places to stay catering for angler's in the Scottish Borders. Listed below are Spring Accommodation Offers and Last Minute Offers on Holiday Homes & Cottages.
Lower Tweed - Wheatsheaf Hotel is offering a last minute deal starting from £99 including a 2 course a la carte dinner and breakfast - read more.
Middle Tweed - Burts Town House Hotel in Melrose is offering a very attractive Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate of £69.00 per person per night - read more.
Upper Tweed - The Tontine Hotel are encouraging you to Spring into Easter (and beyond) with 2 nights B&B from £40 per person per night or 3 nights B&B from £35 per person per night - read more.
Keep up to date with the latest offers and places to eat on Tweed by following FishTweed's Facebook page.
Photography and countryside sports have been life-long passions for Linda Mellor. She has been a professional photographer for many years, specialising in country sports namely, angling and shooting.
Linda’s photography and editorials have appeared in many of the UK’s countryside press including Trout & Salmon, Shooting Times, Country Life and Shooting Gazette. A regularly commissioned photographer at game fairs UK wide, Linda can be found on many of the rivers photographing anglers, ghillies and working with casting instructors.
Fishpal have collaborated with Linda to create an exciting, new photography and editorial package tailored to promote salmon, trout and coarse fishing businesses throughout the UK. The new package will showcase fishing locations with professional photography and a magazine style feature - read more.
Historically the weather should settle down in the next few weeks and from April onwards anglers fishing lower beats should see their fishing improve. If we could get a more settled spell of weather it would be interesting to see how the river performs - latest catches
If you would like more information on fishing in the Scottish Borders please call the office on 01573 470612. We can offer local advice on beats, guides, instruction and places to stay.