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

Newsletter - May 2016

Some beats on the Tweed have had a very positive start to their fishing season with encouraging catches from Feb to early May. Hendersyde and Sprouston have had a good start to the season, along with Upper North Wark under the guidance of Head Boatman Martin Ritchie.

There is still some availability on Tweed for the month of May and prices start from £30 for a day's salmon fishing and £7 for trout fishing.

For the latest fishing reports and availability this month please give Tom a call in the office on 01573 470612.

We don't know what the summer weather patterns will bring, we do know that May and June are good months to go fishing on Tweed.

Tight lines

Anne Woodcock

Where To Fish In May

8 year old Finlay Walker with his first ever salmon

Bright cloudless skies, rising day time temperatures and a strong easterly wind made fishing on Tweed hard work last week. Last Friday I spoke with "Ginge Palmer" at Tweedhill who was enjoying the cloud cover. By 11am his anglers had caught 2 fresh fish off the 9am high tide. Beats further up the system were catching sea liced fish on Saturday.

Conditions this week are looking more favourable than last with more "normal" May temperatures. A bit of rain will certainly liven the water up, but how much and how it will affect the river, is difficult to say. Beats worth a cast are on the lower river; Tweedhill, Horncliffe, LadyKirk, Tillmouth, Milne Graden and Bluestone - find fishing.

Small numbers of sea trout are beginning to arrive, expect this to build up by the end of this month. With the winds trout fishing has suffered though the Upper river may have faired better.

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.

Tom Carter.

Salmon Under The Sun

The June issue of Trout & Salmon is out now!

This month salmon fishing expert Jim Coates offers advice when faced with bright conditions and what tactics might give us a chance of sport and restore confidence - read more.

Plus all the latest news, tackle, fly tying and features from the world of game fishing. Subscribe to Trout & Salmon from just £5 by following this link.

Spring Break

Nestled in a magnificently wooded private estate on the banks of the River Tweed and immediately adjacent to the historic Dryburgh Abbey is the award winning Dryburgh Abbey Hotel, a very special 4 Star Country House Hotel. The hotel is perfect for Dryburgh and Bemersyde beats.

Escape to Dryburgh this spring with a break from £79.00 per room, per night inclusive of a full Scottish breakfast and full use of the leisure facilities - read more.

Tweed Auction

The 2016 Tweed Salmon Fishing Auction is now live, offering anglers the opportunity to acquire some of the UK's most sought-after autumn Salmon fishing.

The Auction is run in aid of the Tweed Foundation, which protects and enhances fish stocks in the Tweed system.

33 lots covering 25 beats are on offer including prime fishings between August and November on many of the Tweed's most illustrious beats. Guide prices range from £950 down to £100 - read more.

Competition Time

Tweedside Tackle, are moving! Don't worry, they will still be in Kelso, re-locating just across the road to 13 Bridge Street, the corner stone building before turning into the Ednam House - read more.

To kick off the run up to their re-location they are giving one lucky Facebook follower the chance to win a free bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne and a Tweedside Tackle gift voucher - all you need to do is like and share their page - read more.

Pavilion Beats

Lower Pavilion offers one and a half miles of double bank salmon fishing in a stunning location with panoramic views of the Eildon Hills. There are eight named pools, three of which fish well at low water and the others are deep pools with fishing particularly productive in high water - read more.

Mick Charlton Middle Pavilion beat says all four luxury cottages on the estate near to the beat are now available. The estate has received some excellent feedback from anglers who have stayed at the cottages and fished Boleside, Pavilion and Tweedswood.

Very Rare Sporting Books

One of 18 watercolours in The Complete Angler.

A collection of rare sporting books are up for auction at Bonhams Sporting Sale in Edinburgh this Wednesday, May 18th, many of which have not previously been offered at auction. Several other volumes from this sought after collection – which has a combined upper estimate of more than £100,000 also appear in the sale.

Other highlights of the sale include 482 unique lots of angling and sporting art, books, reels, flies, fishing rods - read more.

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.

Cottages With River Views

One of the cottages on the Milne Graden Estate

Crabtree & Crabtree are proud to present their varied selection of beautiful riverside holiday homes and cottages. You'll find fishing on one of the world's greatest salmon rivers a decent roll cast from the bedroom window, and be constantly entertained by the ever-changing vista of the river and its inhabitants!

Whether you are looking to find your perfect riverside cottage – it could be a glass-fronted hideaway for two, or a traditional Northumbrian house for 10 - read more.

Fishing On Tweed

As we go to press on this month's Tweed newsletter we have had a week of just over 200 salmon caught, and a quieter week last week not least as a result of some really hot weather with 72 fish caught up to 20lbs

The successful anglers catching these absolute bars of silver will say that the hard work and the constantly changing tactics and times of day that they choose to fish was all worth it and who could argue with that read more.

Handpicked Tweed Fly Collection

Caledonia Flies and Glasgow Angling Centre are proud to bring you the Scottish Rivers Collection.

The Tweed selection has been handpicked by successful anglers who catch fish on the river. The collection priced at £29.99 includes 6 tubes and 6 doubles presented in a clearview fly box - read more.

Head Boatman Vacancy

Required for the Horncliffe Beat an enthusiastic ghillie for guests fishing and to assist the new owners in developing the beat.

Horncliffe is a stunning and tranquil location situated on the English south bank, between the village of Horncliffe and Norham.

For more information and to apply please contact Mrs Catriona Craze by email

Events This Month

Experience the magic of medieval times.

Scotland's oldest inhabited house - Traquair has a couple of exhibitions through the month leading up to their annual medieval fair which is a superb weekend that will transport you back to ancient times - read more.

Trout Fishing Course

Fancy getting away from Tweed for a spot of guided Trout fishing and tuition? There is a three Day Course with guided fishing and tuition if required for wild brown trout on the Derbyshire Wye & Dove on 25,26,27th June. For more details please contact Bob Glynn on 07795 214934

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