Newsletter - June 2015 Yesterday's Catches, Today's River Levels, Tomorrow's Availability
Catches last week were spread across the river, with fish caught as far up as Ashiestiel. Sea trout are now in the system in good numbers with some fine specimens above 8lb, including two at 12lb from Tillmouth and Junction (pictured) reported this month.
The catches do NOT relate to the actual action on the river, with many tales of fish hooked and lost, some having been on for a fair bit of time. With salmon up to 20lb and sea trout to 12lb there is a good chance you will hook into something special this month as we see the arrival of the summer salmon, including a few silver monsters still kicking around - find fishing.
With Father's Day just a few days away a FishPal gift voucher is the perfect way to celebrate this special day, for Dad can choose where and when he would like to fish. Make it extra special and book a Father's Day lunch. You will be spoilt for choice with our selection of some of the best places to eat in the Scottish Borders serving local, seasonal produce.
If you need any help with arranging fishing on Tweed then do give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612. He can help you find the perfect beat for you and your family and also recommend places to stay near your chosen beat.
Thank you to John Maclennan (June's guest editor) and his team at Borders Gunroom for the fishing tips and offers for FishTweed customers within this month's newsletter.
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John Maclennan of Borders Gunroom writes "With low river levels and rising temperatures salmon fishing will require a more delicate approach. Smaller flies are the order of the day, even going down to micro doubles in some cases. Longer, finer leaders and tippets with clear materials like Seaguar Fluorocarbon in 8lb to 13lb are needed. If your beat allows fishing from first light into morning, and again at last light, you should have a good chance of sport. Don't forget a large fly like a Sunray Shadow pulled back quickly can also give you some explosive action - flies to try.
Iain Wilson, fishing first thing in the morning on Merton said, "I sneaked in a couple of hours fishing before work this morning, took the 12 footer and managed to hook and land a very clean 10lb salmon".
Borders Gunroom have a full ranges of Rio salmon and trout lines now in stock. The New Rio 3D (triple density) salmon fly line comes in to the shop at the end of June - find lines.
The River Tweed has faired reasonably well in recent weeks. Now temperatures are rising it feels much more like Summer, though some are suggesting the river is roughly a month behind, as a result of the wet and windy May. Catches have been faring well and whilst it is too early to get over optimistic about the remainder of the season, it's fair to say anglers fishing Tweed seem to be in a reasonably optimistic frame of mind.
As we move into June, anglers fishing early morning and evening are seeing success. The number of stories from anglers losing fish is growing, it's great to see anglers connecting and frustrating when its lost. Some believe they are hard running fish, others say trebles come out easier than a single or a double and others simply blame the poor angler! Whatever the reason, its got to be good news that so many are hooking into fish and thankfully some are landing them and releasing them too - latest catches.
June into July is a beautiful time to be out on Tweed with longer days offering the chance of extended fishing (if the beat and ghillie allow). We want it all as anglers, and a bit of rain wouldn’t go a miss too. I am sure rain will come, the challenge is to get the timing right and be out on the river just after it settles. With good availability across the river, we are only a phone call or click away for a last minute fishing session - find fishing.
A final 'heads up' from me on Autumn fishing - it’s going fast and if you haven’t yet got some fishing into the dairy then don’t despair, but, do give us a ring as soon as you can, before its all gone!! - find Autumn fishing.
Anglers who have caught a salmon over 20lb, on the fly, can enter the trophy, the most prestigious in Europe. We have been asked recently if the angler does not take all measurements required can they still enter. The answer is a resounding YES. Every entry receives a FishPal Malloch Trophy fishing hat, along with recognition for your capture, so please complete and send in your entry form. There is a New Award for Juniors in 2015, open to young people who catch and release an Atlantic Salmon on a Scottish river using any legal method - read more.
John Maclennan says "Now we are into June the sea trout runs have appeared and the fish are throughout the Tweed system. Fish are being caught on small flies like the Editor and Silver Stoat. Single handed rods are best used with floating lines (you can add a sinking poly leader if required). Start at the head of a run, fishing into the slacker water below, and vary your retrieves from dead drift to stripping flies back fast. Fishing from the last hour of daylight into darkness is the best time to try. Flies for sea trout.
Borders Gunroom has the New range of Sasta wading jackets now in stock. There are some special, selected offers on clothing for FishTweed customers - find jackets."
Tom Carter recommends Ladykirk and Tiptoe Fishing on the Till to try this month for sea trout - find fishing. Congratulations to Tom Roberts fishing the Till at Tiptoe this week who has caught sea trout, brown trout up to 2lb and his first salmon at 15lb - find fishing.
"The NEW FishPal Insurance Policy has really come in to its own in recent weeks with disappointed anglers turning up to find the river in flood" says Mark Cockburn.
We all want to fish, but to have the cost of your fishing covered does give anglers a feeling of at least being compensated for their lack of fishing due to flooding. The policy also covers trip cancellation, personal property and personal liability. If you have already booked your fishing with ourselves and have not yet taken out insurance cover, the good news is that you can still do so.
If you are planning a trip and have not got round to booking it yet, do remember insurance cover is now available. This unique policy is the market leader, growing in popularity as you would expect, given the wonders of the UK weather!! Full policy details can be found here or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you need any further assistance.
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 and camping and caravan sites in our where to stay section.
Fauhope near Melrose is June's featured B&B, a 2014 Scottish Thistle Awards Regional Winner and included in Alistair Sawday's special places to stay. Fauhope is a secluded country house B&B in the heart of the Scottish Borders with views that have inspired artists, writers and poets - read more.
Dryburgh Abbey Hotel has won the 'Scottish Country Sports Hotel of The Year' award since 2010 and 'Dog Friendly Hotel of the Year' award since 2012. The hotel overlooks the Tweed (bang in the middle of the Dryburgh salmon beats) and offers a very warm welcome to all sportsmen. Complimentary trout & grayling fishing is available in season. The hotel also features an indoor swimming pool and sauna. Special rates for June & July for FishTweed customers - read more
Self catering is available at Plum Braes Barn, four beautiful cottages near Kelso within Cliftonhill organic farm. Superb views, lovely river walks and close to beats on lower Tweed - read more.
Receive a father's day treat when you book a stay with Crabtree & Crabtree at a Milne Graden cottage for the week of 21st-28th June 2015. Each booking will include a complimentary pair of Johnstons of Elgin mens cashmere classic socks. Holiday memories are a gift that will last a lifetime! For more last minute special offers - read more.
After a hard day fishing finding somewhere to eat that offers good, hearty, wholesome food is important to us all. Each month we will be sharing with you a selection of the best restaurants, pubs and cafés to eat out in the Scottish Borders in our where to eat section.
Ednam House is located right on the River Tweed overlooking the Junction Pool, one of the most famous fishing spots in the UK. A popular hotel with fishermen since 1928, the hotel offers everything you could need during your stay. A wealth of dining experiences is available in the Riverside Restaurant which has panoramic views of Tweed. The Ednam bar is open for lunch and dinner daily, offering informal, relaxed dining with quality local produce. The Pharlanne Delicatessen, at the hotel entrance, offers a mix of fresh salads, breads, meats and homemade cakes and is open daily for light bites and coffees read more .
Beltane Week has begun in Peebles! If you've been too busy, decorating your house or making costumes for the fancy dress parade, to organise your Beltane Saturday Lunch - give the Tontine Hotel a call. The food is locally sourced wherever possible and is made all the more enjoyable by friendly and attentive service.
Wild Dining caterers are passionate about Scotland and committed to delivering the best the country has to offer, from the finest produce to the most dramatic and romantic locations - read more.
John Maclennan writes "Brown trout fishing on Tweed is now in full swing with lots of fly hatches and willing trout & grayling to feed on them. If fishing during the day you can try to tempt fish with weighted nymphs cast into the faster runs, using short line nymphing techniques like Czech nymph and French nymphing. This may bring good results. Flies to try are Pheasant Tails, Hares Ears and Hot Spot Nymphs.
Fishing from 7.00pm into dusk should see the best sport for dry fly fishing. Rods 9ft to 10ft, around #4 AFTM, give great sport. Using light tippet material for the tricky fish makes for a delicate presentation. Flies to try are Yellow May Duns, Olive Uprights and spinner patterns - find flies.
There are over twenty different clubs on Tweed. Each has its own stretch of water and is run by their own committee of knowledgeable anglers. Permit policies differ from club to club, but generally they offer daily, weekly and season tickets - read more.
Borders Gunroom, in conjunction with Vision Fly Fishing, is offering FishTweed customers a free matching spare spool with the following reels: Rulla, Tank (silver), Valu, Kalu and Deep (black). This offer is valid from 1st June to 30th June 2015, subject to T&C's. Contact Borders Gunroom for all their FishTweed special offers on 01835 822844".
Fish are now spread across the river. Beats with deeper pools are producing the best results as fish are lying in cooler water - Tweed prospects.
There are reports of good numbers coming in on the tides with fish seen from Coldstream down to Norham. Ladykirk rods fishing last Friday evening reported that they had never seen such a showing of sea trout in the beat's pools - find fishing.
Tillmouth has enjoyed some excellent sport since the weather improved and anglers fishing last Saturday had 6 sea-liced fish, along with fish lost. Junction rods are enjoying good catches, with 29 salmon to 20lb so far this month and over 280 fish this year - find fishing.
Beats further upstream continue to pick away and rods fishing Middle Pavilion (Monday 15 June) caught 3 salmon and lost one. Tiptoe beat recorded the biggest fish so far this week, along with Milne Graden, at 15lb - latest catches.
Bluestone beat are hosting a series of Summer BBQ evenings starting in July including tuition and equipment - read more.
The Tweed Foundation Annual Report is now available, a must-read for both anglers and river conservationists. The Tweed Foundation’s Auction of Tweed Salmon fishing for Autumn 2015 takes place on 26th June - read more.
For Tweed news, photographs and chat from our online fishing community please visit Tweed's Facebook and Twitter pages. 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.
Tweed is worth a cast!