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

Newsletter - April 2016

Anglers fishing beats on FishTweed caught 97 springers up to 22lb last week which was the highest number reported from a Scottish river.

There is still some availability for Tweed in April and May and prices for a days salmon fishing start from £20. For the latest fishing availability this month please follow this link.

Please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612 if you need any help arranging your fishing trip to Tweed this year, including recommendations on where to stay or guides to use.

Now's the time to dust down your rods, choose your favourite spring flies and cast a line on Tweed.

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock
anne@fishpal.com

Springers For Dryburgh Upper


Colin Tait sea liced salmon, Dryburgh Upper

Colin Tait from Coldingham enjoyed a memorable day fishing Dryburgh Upper last weekend. He caught his sea liced springer using a Willie Gunn in the Bridge Pool. Using his Go Pro he filmed the take, playing the fish, Rob Dixon netting it and it's subsequent release - watch the video.

Upper Dryburgh offers anglers one mile of productive double bank fishing with seven named pools that can hold fish through spring, summer and autumn has a well equipped fishing hut. Please note the fishery is NOT syndicated any more and day rods are now available - read more.


Springer for Robert King, Dryburgh Upper

Where To Fish

More fish are now starting to move up from Kelso to middle beats. Boleside have reported their first fish this month and in the last few days a pod of fish have run up to the Melrose area and with longer days alongwith temperatures gently rising, this might encourage more fish further into the system.

If the river keeps getting topped up and levels are above 1ft 10in at Sprouston and coloured then middle beats around Dryburgh, Tweedswood and Pavilion and above will be worth fishing.


Larry Thomson 10lb sea liced salmon Lower Pavillion

I checked the Teviot at Kelso this lunchtime, (13th April), it's currently running dirty which is affecting the river at Kelso and below.

The forecast for the next few days is unsettled. Please give me a call in the office on 01573 470612 for the best places to fish if you are planning a trip to the Borders during the next week.

Cheers
Tom Carter.

Places To Stay

Self catering and bed & breakfast recommendations for beats mentioned in this months newsletter.

Coldingham Loch is a small estate with a 22 acre loch offering superb fly fishing. Five self-catering cottages & wooden cabins including unique Victorian boathouse. Perfect for lower beats and the Whiteadder - read more.

The Coach House is a friendly guest house perfectly located for fishing the Middle and Lower Tweed. Specials offered to groups are a dinner, bed and breakfast rate. Dog friendly, fully licenced and always a warm and friendly welcome - read more.

Edenmouth cottages, sleep 2-4 and 6. All bedrooms are ensuite and they are only 300 yards from the Tweed at Hendersyde, Kelso, making them ideal for middle beats - read more.

Bill Quarry's Best Seller

There are only a few copies of this official 'best seller' left in the current print run. To make sure of your copy follow this link


Springer for Michael McGrotty on Upper North Wark

FishPal Win Thistle Award


FishPal have won the Scotland CAN DO Award for Innovation in Tourism at the National Final of the Scottish Thistle Awards.

The Scottish tourism 'Oscars', now in their 28th year, led by a panel of industry experts, celebrate tourism businesses or suppliers across the country who have gone the extra mile to offer an outstanding visitor experience - read more.

Thank you to all the businesses and beats in the Borders and customers who have supported us in our journey so far.

Bemersyde Award

Lady Haig welcomed guests to Bemersyde House last week for the annual award ceremony for the largest fly caught Atlantic Salmon, caught and released, on the River Tweed.


Lady Haig with Fin Wilson and Jess England

This years winner of the prestigious Bemersyde Trophy is Fin Wilson, who caught and released a 24lb spring salmon at Lower Floors on February 13, 2015. He caught his magnificent fish using a 14 foot Hardy Demon rod and a Monkey tube fly.

Lord & Lady Haig have announced a NEW Junior Award which they hope will encourage more young people to try salmon fishing on Tweed and increase participation of existing junior anglers, this years winner being Jess England - read more.

Spring Patterns For Tweed

Patterns working very well are the Posh Tosh on a 1” copper tube. When the water drops a little the doubles are also fishing in sizes 6 & 8.

The Aurora Cascade is a hot fly to have at the moment. A fly you should always have in your box when visiting Tweed as it consistently performs well and is a reliable catcher.

Talking of reliable catching patterns you should not forget about the Flame Thrower Tosh and Gold Willie Gunn as when fish are about these again should be fished with confidence during the month - read more.

Trout & Salmon Magazine

Starting from this month, Andrew Flitcroft, Editor of Trout & Salmon, shares with us a brief overview of May's edition. This month the magazine includes features by Ian Gordon and Junction boatman Gavin Brown, along with places to fish and your photo gallery in association with FishPal.

If you have yet to fish the Tweed from a boat, then Tweed Junction boatman Gavin Brown offers invaluable advice - read more.

Andrew Flitcroft Editor Trout & Salmon Magazine.

Fishing Insurance

A popular question asked by customers "What is covered if my fishing trip is cancelled due to unavoidable events beyond my control?"

How much is covered if a trip was cancelled by you: Travel within the UK, accommodation and the full cost of the fishing rent paid to FishPal, including booking and card charges and any Fishery VAT. Maximum £1,500 per rod/day with £50 excess.

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.


Springer for Jamie McCulloch Upper North Wark

Tweed Fishing Hotels

Fishing hotel recommendations for beats mentioned in this months newsletter. The FishTweed site has some of the best hotels to stay in when visiting the Borders.

The Collingwood Arms perfect for Tillmouth and surrounding beats is open all season for great food, unrivalled comfort & the best hospitality. The hotel has a rod room, kennels and gun locker for shooting parties - read more.

The award winning Buccleuch Arms perfect for beats around St Boswells and Melrose. The hotel is a regional winner in this years Hotel Awards - good luck at the finals later this month - read more.

Tontine Hotel is an award winning family run hotel overlooking the Tweed in Peebles and is perfect for guests fishing upper tweed for salmon and trout. They are also regional winners at this years Hotel Awards - good luck at the finals later this month - read more.


First springer for Tweedswood

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