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

Newsletter June 2016

So far this year anglers fishing Tweed have caught 1562 salmon up to 24lb, with catches in April and May exceeding last years total.

This month's newsletter has the first of our "How To" series, this time on removing hooks.

On the FishTweed website a new page has been added on Flies to Bring and on the FishPal site a new weather page and a collated Your photos page

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

For the latest fishing availability this month please follow this link.

Have a great June

Tight lines
Anne Woodcock

Tom's Report

Towards the end of May into June anglers were fishing "Costa Borders" with cloudless skies, rising temperatures and sunshine similar to the Costa Brava! Salmon fishing became a distant memory for those of us keen to cast a line, and frustrating for those who were fishing.

When conditions changed to rain/drizzle and cloud cover, anglers enjoyed some terrific sport. Horncliffe rod Stuart Rose caught 3 fish at the top of the Long Cairn on Saturday 4th June. The following week Horncliffe rod Simon Usher of Dunglass Estate caught his first fish in Castle Stream. Ben Harvey also had his first fish, under the guidance of Edward Trotter.

Lily returning her fish back on Birgham Dub 3rd June.

Notable catches in May were 16 pounders for the following beats: Bottom Tweed at Ladykirk, Upper Tweed at Sunderland Hall and Tweed tributary Bluestone.

Tillmouth enjoyed their best May in 5 years with 52 fish. Lower beats have seen some sizeable sea liced fish coming into the system. Sea trout are slowly coming in, moving into pools at night - find fishing.

Tweed temperatures hit 26 degrees last week and a welcome downpour moved fish further upstream. In the last week of May Boleside had 12 salmon on Thursday and Friday, as fish arrived within 48 hours of rain falling on the system.

NEW Fly Pages

We are constantly asked at FishPal what salmon flies anglers should take with them when they go fishing, so we asked the largest supplier of salmon flies in Europe, Caledonia Fly Company to recommend spring, summer and autumn flies for all our rivers.

The Tweed is now live and includes tips on how, when and where to use each fly - 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.

May With Mick Charlton

Time to cast an eye on catches for Middle Pavilion in May. The first May fish was a fresh one caught on a Cascade by Mr David Paylor fishing from the boat in the Elm Weil. Major Jeremy Hann was the next to land a fish on a Eternal Optimist, his first with Mick, caught in the Whirls.

The beat's current winner of the Top Rod, Mr Tim Briggs, opened his account for the season with a cracking 9lber from Megs Hole on a Boyo. Mr Nick Bateman was the next to land one using a Gledswood Blue, this time from the Beech Tree. On the 24th May Mr Paul Mickley opened his fish account here, with a clean salmon from the Whirls on a Tosh. A Middle Pavilion regular, Mr Graham Thomas, landed one from the Boat Shiel.

A red letter day for Paul Mickley with 3 springers taken from Megs Hole, The Spit, and the Boat Shiel. The final fish of the month was a special one for Mr Barry Wilkes his first ever salmon and caught on the fly, a cracking clean fish caught in the Whirls on a Tosh drainer - read more.

Mackenzie FX1 Graphene Rod

The Mackenzie FX1 is the first double-handed salmon rod to use graphene, a Nobel Prize winning material that is set to revolutionise fishing. Scott Mackenzie discusses the new range of FX1 Graphhene rods - watch the video.

Scott Mackenzie and his Mackenzie Fly Fishing Team will be at the Highland Show June 24/25/26th and Scone Palace Game Fair 1/2/3rd July. Come and say hello and try the new Mackenzie FX1 and the Mackenzie range - read more.


How should Hooks Be Removed?

The best method of releasing a salmon is to leave it in the water and touch nothing but the hook with fingers or pliers.

In quiet water, bring the wild salmon quickly within reach and leave it in water. Without squeezing the fish, remove the hook carefully with pliers or thumb and forefinger. If a net must be used, it should be rubber or knotless cotton. If necessary, cut the leader near the fly and spare the fish.

Tweedside Tackle has moved

New premises next to Ednam House Hotel.

It's been a busy month for Tweedside Tackle. as it moved across the street. All the hard work has paid off! The girls have lugged boxes, built shelves, hung pictures, painted, packed and merchandised in the space of 4 weeks! It's been tough, but ‪girlpower‬ won! A huge thank you to everyone who helped, we really couldn't have done it without you!

During the move Tim has still been writing the weekly Tweed fishing report. FishPal would like to thank Tim and Charlotte for keeping anglers up to date with the latest news from the river.

Keep Up To Date

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June Fishing

Summer is well and truly here this month, bringing with it challenging day time conditions. Beats from the sea up to around Junction have seen most of the action this month, in particular Sprouston and Hendersyde beats have had some good catches. We need a decent amount of rainfall to encourage fish in greater numbers to run further up the system above Junction beat.

Tom Leslie of Fin and Game returns his Tweedhill fish caught whilst testing a Scierra rod.

June is typically a tough month to fish Tweed. Anglers who have changed tactics, fished smaller flies, approached the pool quietly and have changed the time of day to fish have had more success.

With prices starting from as little as £23 for salmon and £7 for a day's trout fishing it certainly is worth looking at Tweed this month, whether you are a regular Tweed angler or indeed someone who has yet to experience this famous river.

You can view current availability here and as always Tom in the Kelso office is on hand to give you the latest advice on where to fish. If you are out on Tweed and lucky enough to catch a fish please do share your photo on our Your Photos page so others might keep close to just what's going on up and down the river.

Many thanks and tight lines
Mark Cockburn.

Job Vacancies

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A Social Media Specialist is needed to interact with our customers. Applicants must have excellent communication, writing, and editing (photo/video/text) skills, social networking experience and analytics knowledge.

We also need help with our classified advertising and someone with an in-depth knowledge of IT systems and web site design.

The vacancies for the right people can be full or part time. If you would like to work for our award winning company please send your CV to

Which Travel Rod

Mackenzie DTX Atlas Fly Rod

Ok, so you've taken the plunge and planned a fishing trip that involves packing a suitcase and jumping on a plane. Well, it has probably just dawned on you that you don't have a travel rod. Whether it be Norway, Russia, Iceland, Scotland or further afield, airlines don't like long fishing rods.

So, which travel Salmon fly rod? We have kept it decidedly simple here at Angling Active within the travel range, with three travel Salmon fly rods at three different price points. All of which we have used and love for performance without sacrifice - read more.

Angling Active currently have discounts on Zenith double handers, Ultralite CLS reels, Greys, Scierra along with clearance. Grab yourself a bargain.

Fathers Day

Junior angler returning a Tweed salmon 11th June.

Reward your Father, Uncle, or Grandfather with the gift of a day's fishing. Speak with a member of the team who will be able to recommend places to fish.

Alternatively fishing vouchers from FishPal are a great way to mark this special day, their versatility means that they can choose exactly where and when they would like to go fishing - read more.

NEW Latest Weather Page

We have just launched a new weather page on the FishPal website. You can view 24 hour rolling weather images for rain, wind and cloud, which can help you plan a last minute fishing trip.

Whilst fishing you can check the page for the latest weather patterns for rain, wind, temperature, pressure and humidity - read more.

Scotland will remain damp across central, eastern and south-eastern regions with some rain and drizzle. Tomorrow will be another day of showers, these again turning heavy and thundery in places - read more.

Top Tips‬

After landing a fresh fish, most anglers will celebrate for a while, maybe have a smoke/dram or coffee from their flask, flick through the great images on the camera and then think about getting back into the water.

Even if you haven't touched a fish for a week and you get your first one, get right back in the same pool where you hooked the last fish and do exactly what you did again.

Fresh running Salmon travel in pods, and if you intercept one, the quicker you play it in, release and get back in there, the more likely you are of hooking up again. Even better still, get one of the other rods to fish it through while you're playing the fish. A double hook up makes for a far better photo anyway - find fishing. Thank you to Angling Active for this top tip.

Fishing Insurance

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

The following would be covered: 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.

Beer Festival

The Allanton Inn overlooking the River Whiteadder at Allanton is hosting a beer festival this weekend. They have 18 beers and ciders, including local beers from Born in the Borders & Bear Claw Brewery. There is live music, a BBQ and summer drinks in the beer garden, perfect for guests to enjoy as they sit on deck chairs in the sun.

On Fathers Day they will be serving Oink Hog Roast from 1pm with local duo Summerland performing from 2pm. Everyone is welcome and no tickets are required - read more.


Tom Wilson with his first of 3 fish on Junction in June.

Whether you are looking for fly water that tests your casting ability, to water which will reward those with stealth, perseverance and patience the Tweed system offers something for every angler regardless of age and ability - find Tweed fishing.

Don't forget to add your fish to the new Your Photos page and enter your fish into the FishPal Malloch Trophy.