Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

Newsletter - March 2016

This months newsletter features news from beats across Tweed, including flies to try and places to stay.

Congratulations to Fin Wilson and Jess England this years winners of the Bemersyde Trophy for the best fish caught on the fly on Tweed.

If you would like more information about Tweed and where to go fishing please give Tom a call in the office. He can recommend guides and instructors and where to get fishing tackle before and during your trip to Tweed.

We now have a list of the best accommodation providers on Tweed within our Where To Stay pages.

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.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Where To Fish

March has seen some settled weather and at last the river is beginning to return to normal resulting in more anglers out fishing. Spring salmon have been caught from middle beats, Bemersyde, down to Ladykirk.

Speaking with Rod Dixon ( Dryburgh Upper ) and Mick Charlton ( Middle Pavillion ) fish have been seen on their beats. Only last week Bemersyde got their season underway with Sandy Scott, who caught their first fish at 11lbs from the Boat Pool on a Black & Yellow Tube, they have now had 3 salmon.

One of two beauties from Lower Birgham 15 March

Fish are staying on beats in the middle river at present, which is fairly normal for this time of the year. The forecast for next week is high pressure, gentle rising of temperature and levels remaining steady and slowly dropping, the lower beats should therefore start to fish better.

Keep an eye on the water temperature, at the start of the week it was 3.9C which is pretty cold. It has now risen to around 5C and fish activity has increased and current conditions are really ideal for middle and lower beats. I caught 2 sea liced fish at Tillmouth on Wednesday.

Easter weekend would not be a bad shout to go fishing.

I'm in the office all this month so give me a call on 01573 470612 if you need a hand organising a fishing trip to Tweed.

Tom Carter.

Tweed Fishing Hotels

Ednam House has been a fishing hotel on the river since 1928 and over looks the famous Junction Pool. The 32 bedroom hotel is set within 3 acres of gardens and is highly recommended by 'Trout & Salmon' magazine - read more.

Kingsknowes is an imposing Scottish baronial mansion with 12 bedrooms set within five acres of carefully tended gardens above the banks of the river tweed. The hotel is a 15 minute walk from Galashiels town centre and rail link to Edinburgh. Perfect for middle to upper beats - read more.

Macdonald Cardrona Hotel owns 2.5 miles of single bank fishing in a very picturesque area of the Upper Tweed. The Hotel, Golf & Spa overlooks the north bank of this productive salmon beat. The hotel is ideal for anglers fishing beats on the upper Tweed including Traquair, Nest and Cardona - read more.

Wild Trout Trust

There are just 12 lots unsold from this years Wild Trout Trust Auction which has so far raised £65,000. They have now been re-listed and bidding for the unsold lots will close at 7pm on the 20th March - read more.

Spring Salmon Tactics

Early season tactics from Iain Wilson of Borders Gunroom.

Firstly, I believe in being in the "right place at the right time", but also that sometimes thinking out the box, can give you the edge and present the fly in a different manner - read more.

Note For Diary - Borders Gunroom Spring Sale Saturday & Sunday 9/10th April - find sale details.

RTC Vacancies

The River Tweed Commission currently have two vacancies for permanent posts within the organisation.

Fishery Officer/Water Bailiff Post. A vacancy for an enthusiastic and self-disciplined person with good - read more.

Bemersyde Junior Winner

Lady Haig's junior salmon competition on Tweed has been won by Jess England. Jess fishing the Faulds pool on Hendersyde caught her winning fish on an aurora shrimp, size 8 measured at 35" and estimated at 15lb. She caught a second fish of 13lb on the fly during the same session.

Jess was back on Tweed during half term with her father James, and caught 3 spring salmon all on the fly during a morning session fishing Hendersyde.

She has only been fishing for 8 years and during this time she has caught a staggering 50 salmon up to 18lb. Well done Jess!

Michael Graham with his first fish of the day. He landed two more in the afternoon. Best fish 10lbs.

Bemersyde Trophy Winner

Congratulations to this years winner of the Bemersyde Trophy, Fin Wilson, who caught and released a 24lb spring salmon on a Monkey tube fly at Lower Floors on February 13, 2015. He used a Hardy Demon 14' rod, Rio S1 Hover and 10ft medium sink tip and a Monkey tube fly.

The Bemersyde Trophy is awarded annually to the captor of the best salmon on Tweed. The fish must be caught on the fly and safely returned to the water. To enter the trophy please go to the FishPal Malloch Trophy page where you will be automatically entered into both awards - read more.

Mark Cockburn's March

6lb Springer caught on Upper North Wark beat.

Hard to believe we are now into March! The Tweed season is well and truly under way and with the milder weather right now its good to see more anglers making their way to the River Tweed. I for one have enjoyed wetting my fly on West Learmouth beat last week. The river was clearing and dropping and expectations remained high all day.

At this time of the year there is good value fishing available on beats that in the height of the season become expensive. It's an excellent time to try a beat you might not have fished before and you just never know what the next cast might bring! You can check out what we have on offer this month here.

Hendersyde have started well, so has Sprouston and Junction. Anglers fishing Upper North Wark and Lower Birgham have both caught 6 fish so far this month and Tillmouth 4 so far. Others are reporting their first fish of the season as things are starting to pick up, it really does make you want to squeeze in a day or two during the next few weeks now the weather is starting to feel more like Spring.

Tight Lines
Mark Cockburn

Tillmouth boatman John safely returning Tom Carter's 12lb springer 16th March.

Places To Stay

Self catering recommendations for beats mentioned in this months newsletter.

Border Cottage, a charming period house in the centre of Norham within walking distance of the river, pub and shops. Dogs welcome. Perfect for lower beats from Tweedhill to LadyKirk - read more.

The cottages at Hendersyde Farm are warm and welcoming. This trio of traditional farm cottages are ideal for beats below Kelso. Suppers can be delivered and dogs are welcome - read more.

Holiday cottages in Melrose are a unique collection of 4 individual properties forming part of a luxurious new barn conversion just three miles from the pretty Borders town of Melrose. Perfect for middle beats including Rutherford, Middle Pavilion and Boleside - read more.

Fishing Insurance

I am sure we can all remember days when we were unable to fish because the river was in flood. The “Flooding Disruption” cover that comes with the FishPal policy is clearly deemed to be one of the most important features on offer that will prevent you from losing out financially if the river is in flood and un-fishable - read more.

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.

Things To Do

After the great success of last years event the 2016 Berwick Walking Festival have some great walks planned - read more.

Tweed Fishing Report

Lower Birgham Head Boatman safely returning a 9 pounder caught by Graham Thomas 4th March.

Great start to the week with Junction kicking off with 7 wonderful springers, of which 6 were caught on fly and just one spinning - read more.

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Thistle Awards

Mark and Tom at the regional awards in November.

Good luck to FishPal, Kingsmuir House and John Henderson of Born in the Borders who are representing the Scottish Borders at the finals of the Scottish Thistle Awards this coming weekend.

CEO Mark Cockburn said: “I am absolutely delighted and proud to be in the national final for Scotland's Innovation in Tourism Award. It recognises the significant growth, customer service and success of our company as the Go To Fishing company for anglers visiting Scotland from the UK and across the globe to come fishing.

A real team effort and thanks to all the business's and beats in the Borders and customers who have supported us in our journey so far."