Finally the rain has arrived and the first proper flood since the beginning of the year. All eyes are now on Storm Abigail as she continues to deepen, followed closely behind by ex US storm Kate as we look at a pretty unsettled week of weather. Before you book fishing please contact the office and speak with Tom who can advise you of the latest river developments.
We've heard reports that there are some large fish in the system, a 40lb plus fish was lost on Mertoun three weeks ago after a 90 minute fight. Since 2005 Tweed anglers have caught 30lb plus salmon every year. This year we are waiting for that magical 30lb plus fish to be caught on the fly.
Will the FishPal Malloch Trophy stay on Tweed for the fourth year?
For those of us hoping to cast a line on Tweed this month there is still some availability on Tillmouth, Hendersyde, Junction, including middle to upper beats Boleside, Fairnilee, Nest and Ashiestiel. With fish throughout the system and anglers losing some big fish, please give Tom a call on 01573 470612 who can recommend you suitable beats - find fishing.
Willy Elliot in a national magazine promoting Tweed.
This past week's total came to 217 with the largest from Tillmouth on Tuesday of 24lbs. Good to hear of something over 20lbs! Junction was the top beat again with 33 fish for the week from the Miller party. Sea liced fish were caught as far up as Bemersyde.
As for tactical advice when the river has a lot of leaves you're best using tube flies with single or double hooks. Flies with boar bristles & feelers have been popular at Tweedside Tackle this month - anything to grab the attention!
If you need any help with arranging your fishing on Tweed please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612 or follow this link for the latest availability on Tweed.
The book launch of Salmon Fishing And The Story Of The River Tweed by Bill Quarry was well attended by anglers and ghillies at the Cross Keys Hotel last month.
You can still purchase a copy online of this years must-read book. The perfect gift for Tweed anglers this Christmas.
For the remainder of the Tweed season please check detailed weather forecasts. The borders have experienced a mixture of weather patterns which has produced a lot of rain and high winds. With this in mind please check levels and also wind, as this can affect your fishing.
The Tweed is starting to settle down from St Boswells up stream with fish caught in the high water, but it is still to early to tell what the next few days will bring.
Speaking with Mick at Middle Pavilion on Wednesday, his water was high and coloured and the beat had a mixture of fish from fresh to stale. They also got a cracking fresh 10lb sea trout. Running fish have been seen.
Had a lovely e mail from a regular guest today,
….”Just a brief note to say thank you for another great stay at The Whitehouse; it is your attention to detail that sets you apart. Returning to your hospitality after a frustrating day on Tweed with no water, makes all the difference….”
The Whitehouse Country House is perfect for anglers visiting beats on the middle Tweed.
Mark, Tom and Anne collect the award.
FishPal have won the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism, South East & Tayside Region at the Scottish Thistle Awards held in Edinburgh this week.
This award is presented to the business using innovation to commit to the future of tourism in Scotland. FishPal have been invited to the national final which will take place next year.
Building on the success of their market leading “Cancellation and Fishing Disruption Insurance”, FishPal has re-launched its popular fishing insurance to the angling community. This new product covers flood disruption, trip cancellation and, now, ‘Inability to fish' if you were to fall ill, suffer a sprain or are injured during your period of insurance cover, read more.
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.
Keep in mind that if you are lucky enough to hook into a big “back end” Tweed fish then you can still enter the FishPal Malloch Trophy competition which is awarded now for the “best,” not necessarily the “biggest” fly caught salmon in Scottish waters. Measure the length and girth, weigh the fish if possible whilst still in the net and if you can, take a couple of photos of the fish and you just never know!
This year there is a junior prize open to all juniors aged 17 years or under, on the 31st December of that year, who catch and release an Atlantic Salmon on a Scottish river using any legal method.
The Borders have a new and exciting family-run restaurant in Lauder. Firebrick Brasserie is passionate about cooking the best seasonal ingredients with style and simplicity, served in a relaxed atmosphere.
Everything is handmade on the premises including all breads, sauces, soups, cakes and ice creams. It's no surprise that they have been shortlisted for Best New Restaurant, Born in the Borders Food & Drink Awards 2015 - read more.
Availability for the 2016 season has been added by Lower Pavilion, Middle Pavilion, Lower Birgham and Tweedwood.
With Spring fishing on Tweed from as little as £30 for a days salmon fishing, it really is worth an early cast - find fishing.
The office is currently sending out 2016 Spring renewals for Hendersyde. Anglers interested in fishing this two rod exclusive beat please contact Mark Cockburn on 01573 470612.
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