Since our last newsletter the borders has endured unprecedented flooding by Storm Frank. The Scottish Government's resilience committee assessed the response to the borders and Environment Minister Dr Aileen McLeod described it as a 'very serious situation'.
Once the river has dropped back sufficiently those beats affected by the floods will be able to assess the damage.
You will all be pleased to see that Tweed will be ready for the start of the salmon fishing season on Monday 1st February. Those of us looking for an early opportunity to fish in spring should consider Tweed at West Learmouth, Boathouse & Canny, Lower & Middle Pavilion and Tweedswood with tempting prices for February starting from as little as £30 to £40. You will certainly be well looked after by the ghillies & boatmen on these beats - find spring fishing.
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.
Let's hope we get a good season this year, we certainly could do with one.
Availability for the river has now been released for general booking. With Spring fishing on Tweed from as little as £30 for a days salmon fishing, it really is worth an early cast - find fishing.
We are expecting some more Autumn availability to be added to the system and with many prime dates already taken we would recommend you check Tweed availability.
If you need any help with arranging your fishing trip in 2016, please give Tom a ring in the office on 01573 470612.
With lessons from last year on the amount of fishing that was disrupted we would urge you to consider taking out the FishPal Insurance Policy to cover you in the event of being flooded off, plus other really welcome features. Here is the link to the insurance page which tells you all you need to know. Remember if your fishing is already booked you can still add insurance, giving you the comfort of knowing that you will at least get your money back if your beat happens to be in flood (less an excess of only £50).
Full policy details can be found on our insurance page or give the office a call on 01573 470612 if you would like a quote to insure your fishing.
The Office has been very busy over the xmas period getting the 2016 season renewals underway and adding any remaining availability online for the beats we manage.
After a couple of difficult seasons on upper beats with very bad weather it has been encouraging to see anglers still enjoy fishing these beats and want to return.
We still have a few beats sorting out their availability for the 2016 season which will come onto the market shortly.
If you have any queries relating to this season on Tweed and have not yet found fishing that suits please do feel free to get in touch. We also have some great accommodation providers in the valley from hotels to holiday cottages and houses offering a selection of facilities catering for everyone.
Last year we informed you of the work of Tweed Forum and the Eddleston Water project.
This pioneering river project prevented large parts of Peeblesshire being devastated by floods last weekend.
While the region endured some of its heaviest rainfall in living memory, the usually susceptible Eddleston Water and Cuddy contained the deluge. And plaudits have been placed firmly at the dry feet of a flow-restriction and planting scheme that was completed two years ago.
The 70 sq km catchment project of Eddleston Water, a tributary of The Tweed, was delivered by Tweed Forum on behalf of the partners - read more
The closing date for the annual Bemersyde award for the best fly caught Atlantic salmon, caught and released, on the River Tweed in 2015 is January 31st.
The winning angler and boatman will be invited to Bemersyde House and presented with a beautiful trophy by Lady Haig.
Last years winner was Wayne Longstaff and Hendersyde Head Boatman John Kitchingham read more.
For more information please contact FishTweed on 01573 470612. Please send your entries into firstname.lastname@example.org
Our new map searching system from FishPal has now been added to the homepage of FishTweed, making it easier to find beats and availability you never knew we had.
You can now search for fishing in three easy ways.
The successful Bluestone Beat Salmon Membership is available again this year. Members can fish as many days as they wish until 9th April 2016, provided there is rod availability for an annual fee of £350 - read more.
Sea Trout Membership is available from 16th May to 16th August (3 months) and members can fish from 6:00pm to 12:00 midnight, Monday to Saturday, as often as they wish - read more.
It's not long now until the rod's will be out of their cupboard again. We have high water levels and higher than normal water temperatures at the moment, what will the spring run bring us on Tweed in 2016. I think we will all be pleased to see it start and we will just have to knuckle down and find out where the fish are lying in our fast flowing rivers.
Fast heads and bright flies will be the order of the day I am sure, plus a few Caledonia Fly Company monkey patterns thrown in there as well read more.
Planning a trip to the Tweed for the opening day of the season? The self catering cottages available through Crabtree & Crabtree are just the ticket!
With an ever-expanding new collection, riverside locations at low season prices and exciting events such as Kelso Races on the horizon, February 1st is the time to be on the Tweed!
When booking fishing you need to be aware of what you can and cannot do when you fish. There are legal requirements, conservation codes, individual beat rules and booking agency conditions that all need to be taken into account. These generally fall into three main categories - read more.
Total Catch-and-Release in the Spring applies to the whole of the Tweed River system for the 2016 to 2020 seasons inclusive.
The Spring season is defined as 1st February to 30th June inclusive - read more.
For a copy of the 2016 Tweed Salmon Fishing Brochure from Savills please contact Jacqueline Scott at Savills Wooler on 01668 280 803
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