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Newsletter - July 2015

Welcome to the new look FishTweed newsletter which can now be viewed with ease on your tablet and mobile phone.

You can find everything you need for a successful fishing trip to Tweed, including where to stay and places to eat. If you need any help with arranging your fishing 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.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

FishPal Insurance

Thank you to James Henderson Burts TownHouse, Melrose for the Tweed flood photo taken 7th July 2015.

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!!

Customer feedback: "Delighted to receive my cheque from Towergate after being flooded off. The total amount was not refunded however we knew this to be the case in way of the non refundable premium and booking fee. Overall I am very satisfied on how the process went, very simple, and I received the cheque in what could be considered a very timely manner. Thanks for introducing this initiative."

Full policy details can be found on our insurance page or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you need any further assistance.

Maria Fenton playing her 2nd fish of the day on Hendersyde.

A New Sort of Fish Rescue

The Tweed Foundation has hit the headlines this week. Following a report and e-mailed photograph from a member of the public about a strange fish seen in the Washing Burn at Lauder last week, a team from the Tweed Foundation went out to investigate.

Sightings like this have to be taken very seriously as there is a constant danger of new aquatic species being brought in to the catchment where, once established, they would be all but impossible to remove. The fish was quickly electro -fished and removed, and the burn checked for any other aliens. It turned out to be what is commonly called a Suckermouth Catfish - read more.

Summer Fishing On Tweed

Middle Pavilion Summer salmon.

With rain forecast, temperatures falling and salmon and sea trout entering the river, a fishing trip during July could well be more productive than recent years.

Lower and middle beats are favouring current conditions, with catches spread throughout. Fishing pressure above Kelso was light for last week. For those fishing there were some red letter days. Mr Biggam, fishing on Wednesday at Boleside, had five fish to his rod, lost another two and saw a lot more fish running. Boleside had a good finish to the week, keeping everyone happy.

Brian Douglas fishing Bemersyde had eight fish, yes EIGHT fish! and lost another five fish on the same day last week. Ally Bremner had one and lost three, and more fish were lost by the rest of the rods fishing that day. The rainfall certainly livened the fish up and got them moving in the river system - find fishing.

Anglers fishing Bemersyde have enjoyed some excellent sport.

Customer feedback from a party fishing Tillmouth. "The ghillies are an excellent bunch our party caught 20 salmon/grilse -13 on the fly (small cascades and silver stoats), 7 on the spinner (flying C`s mostly). 10 Sea trout all on the fly mostly small black/silver."

I would recommend you bring rods for fly and spinning as spinning can be successful in coloured water - latest prospects.

Tom Carter

A Place to Stay

Limeworks cottage in Northumberland .

A charming, traditional Northumbrian cottage in an idyllic rural location with views over farmland to the hills beyond. The cottage is located in the heart of North Northumberland and is exceptionally well placed for exploring the wider area - read more.

Hand picked holiday homes.

Junior Event

Junior introduction to fishing for juniors.

Gala Angling Association are running a free introduction day to fly fishing at Tweedswood on the 26th July. The day is aimed mainly at juniors and details can be found on the Gala Angling blog.

Tweed Property For Sale

Investment property would be ideal as a holiday home.

New to the market a traditional 3 double bedroomed cottage for sale in the picturesque village of Lennel within a five minute walk to the banks of the River Tweed, Lennel and Craw Green beat - read more.

Tweed Season So Far

'Unbelievably, we are already half way through July and just starting to have thoughts about Autumn fishing. Just before we do, let's just take a moment to reflect on where we are from a Tweed perspective this season so far' says Mark Cockburn.

Mark Cockburn fishing with Scottish Guide Tom Brown.

So far this season weather patterns on Tweed have been mixed. At times it has helped, but at other times bands of stormy, windy and wet weather has made fishing far from pleasurable. The river is slightly behind its 5 year average for Spring, but still a lot better than last year! There have been some memorable stories and red letter days from anglers who fished Tweed this year during Spring.

June was a decent month overall with some cracking salmon and sea trout reported. I have said it before, but, the noise around anglers losing fish is still quite incredible, with many reporting connections of four or five fish before finally landing their prized possession - read more.

Customer feedback: "This is my second season fishing with Rod on Upper Dryburgh.. His knowledge, instruction and enthusiasm is remarkable. Here's to the next visit, later this season. Catch for the day 1 sea trout, 5.5 lbs".

Sea Trout on a Summer Evening

Sea Trout up to 12lb have been caught on Tweed this year.

One of the most intriguing of all of our game fish species, the sea trout has been likened to both salmon and to brown trout – but it is different to both and very much a creature apart! What is for certain is that it is one of the most challenging of fish to catch but now, during the short, balmy summer nights, is THE prime time to head out and Chris Hayward from Sportfish selects his essential tackle choices to help you connect with a stunning silver sea trout - read more.

Thank you to the Tweed customer who sent in this customer feedback after fishing Pedwell.. "Caught a 7lb salmon, a 3lb sea trout and also lost 6 crazy sea trout!"

14 salmon caught on last years course.

After a successful Tweed course last year with 14 salmon caught by anglers of all abilities, Sportfish are again running their popular four day residential fishing course on Lower Pavilion and Boleside beats in August.

With very few rods left on Boleside beat for the remainder of this season, it's an opportunity to fish the beat which caught the biggest fish in Scotland this century at 50lb salmon and winner of the FishPal Malloch Trophy.

Ladies Cast A Line For Charity

Ladies ready to go fishing on Middle Pavilion last weekend.

Mick Charlton and Anne Woodcock held their annual fund raising day for Cancer Research UK on Middle Pavilion, Tweed, last weekend. Now in its third year and with a successful record of catching sea trout and salmon, the day attracted women from across the UK. A flash thunderstorm gave the ladies a further opportunity to enjoy their breakfast at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel. During the morning, with the river starting to rise and colour up it didn't stop the ladies hooking into three salmon and sea trout. Sunny weather made a brief return in the afternoon resulting in only a few knocks and nothing taking. The successful day raised £650 for the charity.

Anne has organised a charity ladies day on Saturday 22nd August with the owner of Tiptoe Fishing, Lucy Carroll, who is also the High Sheriff of Northumberland for 2015. The High Sheriff's fund raises money to support local voluntary and community groups which encourage useful and beneficial pursuits for young people, helping them to be upstanding citizens and hopefully avoid criminal activities. To book a place please contact

The ladies stayed at the Buccleuch Arms Hotel.

Customer feedback: " Upper Makerstoun is a well maintained beat which fishes well. I greatly enjoyed the company of the ghillie who knew his beat very well and I would recommend this beat to a friend. Catch 3 salmon, 2 from The Orchard & the 3rd from the Boat Pool."

CLA Game Fair

Mark Cockburn and Anne Woodcock will be attending the CLA Game Fair this month at Harewood House. If you would like to book a meeting whilst you are at the show please call 01573 470612 or email .

You can now enter the FishPal Malloch Trophy and Junior Malloch online. Every entry will receive a FishPal Malloch Trophy hat, follow the link for more information on the most prestigious trophy in Game Angling in Europe.

Customer feedback: "Davy, Willie, Stuart and Richard made it another great trip to Tillmouth. They are a real pleasure to fish with. Their help and advice and good company are the things that make the beat so special."

Tweed Foundation

Advice On Eating Salmon With Red Vent Syndrome.

The Tweed Foundation have had several reports on the river of red vent syndrome (anisakis) this season, including four salmon which were caught in the nets at Paxton this week when the Tweed Foundation was carrying out some of its research tagging at the fishery.

A timely reminder on the Food Standards Agency (FSA) guidance for those anglers and members of the general public who may wish to eat wild Salmon - read more.