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

Newsletter August 2016

This week saw a dirty start for many beats from Kelso down stream, but it didn't stop anglers catching fish. Monday and Tuesday's anglers caught a total of 72 fish up to 18lbs on beats from Horncliffe up to Boleside - latest catches.

With rain forecast this Sunday and more forecast for the middle part of next week if we get some decent lifts of levels, this will suit the Middle beats and should hopefully bring in more fresh fish off the tides. It looks like the high temperatures and clear skies are dissipating, so fingers crossed for more 18 pound plus fish.

Earlier this month I met up with Head boatman Stephen Robinson of Horncliffe Beat and got the chance to see the latest in bank maintenance, remote control lawn mower/brashers. This state of the art machine has caused quite a stir with ghillies on other rivers and has received over 6,000 views on FishTweed Facebook.

Last week Tweed welcomed world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie who fished the river with success on Junction. Scott also met up with the only stockists in the Scottish borders of his Award Winning Mackenzie FX1 range Fin & Game.

Scott Mackenzie fishing Tweed last week
Scott Mackenzie fishing Tweed last week.

Congratulations to West Learmouth who have had their best June for 25 years. The July total exceeded the 5 year average and with 46 fish so far this month the beat is on course for record catches during Spring and Summer. It comes as no surprise that there is limited availability left until the end of the season - read more.

Guide Fly Fishing visited Lower Pavilion, UK suppliers to dealers of innovative and inspiring fishing products. The new equipment from Sage, Redington, and RIO for the 2017 season was previewed on Lower Pavilion to stockists and the feedback we've heard is that the beat and equipment viewed are superb.

If you need any help and advice on where to fish this month, then please contact myself and the team at our offices on Tweed on 01573 470612. Monday 29th is a Bank Holiday and the offices will not be manned, we reopen on Tuesday 30th August.

For the latest fishing availability on Tweed for Autumn please follow this link.

Tight lines
Tom Carter

Award winning


Tweedstart Schools Resource

An update on where some of the money goes from the kind donations you make when booking a days fishing on FishTweed. Last year the Tweed Foundation decided your donations would help with this project.

TweedStart Schools Resource pack about the River Tweed is a free resource for teachers in both England and Scotland. The teaching materials have been prepared by educational professionals for primary school teachers to use as part of the school curriculum. The River Tweed's natural history, biology and geography can be used as part of project work - read more


Fin & Game NOW OPEN

Fin and Game
Stockists of Simms Waders & Clothing

Fin & Game opened their first store in the Scottish Borders at 36-38 Bridge Street, Kelso on Monday 1st August, 2016. The store, nestled in the busy border town of Kelso covers a total area of 4,000 square feet and houses clothing and equipment for fishing, shooting and country sports.

Fin and Game

Displayed over two floors, the shop is dedicated to country pursuits. The light and airy ground floor is devoted to anglers with displays of rods, reels, accessories and clothing for men and women. There is a focal area with comfy leather sofas and the chance to take a moment to enjoy a Nespresso coffee whilst checking the latest catches, river levels and fishing reports for Tweed on the FishPal ipad - read more.

Fin & Game are open 7 days a week. They open on Sunday from 10am until 4pm. Pop in and get their team to put a line purchased in the shop onto your reels, pick up rod hire equipment etc. and don't forget to grab a bite of lunch in Kelso.


Scottish Government Support For Angling Clubs

Scot Gov

We are pleased to announce that FishPal have been appointed as delivery partner to the Scottish Government for the proposed programme of help to Angling Clubs to mitigate the impact of mandatory catch and release.

Quote from the Scottish Government - "As many of you are aware a number of angling clubs expressed concern during the extensive consultation period about the impact of mandatory catch and release and potentially on angling participation.

To help mitigate this potential impact, the Scottish Government announced a funding package of up to £100,000 to support clubs concerned about the impact of the measures. I am now pleased to announce that FishPal have been appointed as the delivery partner for the programme to promote catch and release as a sustainable activity.

A partnership that brings the expertise of FishPal with their numerous contacts and knowledge of fishing to the very heart of the proposed support on offer to Angling Clubs across the country. Using all FishPal's experience of dealing with beats, rivers and clubs across the country and sharing best practices there is much they can help you with so please do get in touch using the form at this link".


Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre

Set in beautiful countryside near Jedburgh and with a great outdoor play park, there's plenty to do at Harestanes, whatever the weather. From woodland walks to events, exhibitions and cafe there's always something to discover - read more.


Edinburgh Angling Centre


This weekend is the opening of Edinburgh Angling Centre. Mark Cockburn and Anne Woodcock will be there to answer your questions on where to go fishing in the Autumn.


Borders Heritage Festival 2016

The Heritage Festival is a yearly celebration held during September at over 40 participating sites in the Borders. A printed programme is now available at Tourist Information Centres in Melrose, Peebles, Selkirk, Hawick and Kelso or you can download it here.

The Great Polish Map of Scotland is a globally unique feature in the Scottish landscape. It is a large physical relief map of Scotland, sculpted in concrete and measuring some 40m by 50m. It stands in the grounds of Barony Castle, Eddleston and is a celebration of the Polish Forces contribution to the Allied 2nd World War effort through their presence in Scotland and actions in mainland Europe. As part of this year's Borders Heritage Festival you visit the restored Great Polish Map of Scotland.


Visiting Beats On Tweed

These last few weeks Tom Carter has been taking some time out to get onto the river to meet the boatman and ghillies in order to get a better understanding of their beats, the river and the men who look after you when you come fishing.

Tom's first visit was to Fairnilee Beat to meet the new head ghillie Mark Hislop who has taken over after the sad passing of John Charlton.


Mark has a solid background in the sporting world and is currently making improvements to the beat along with access to pools. Fairnilee is one of the longest beats on the river at 3.5 miles of left bank with fishing for 6 rods. With rain forecast this week there is a good chance that some early fish could arrive, and early September is looking to be worth a cast - read more.

Tom travelled down river to just outside Coldstream to see new boatman Martin Ritchie on Upper North Wark who was also busy preparing for early Autumn. He is a ghillie from the well known Tay beat Newtyle and has settled in very well into the Tweed valley community.

Upper North Wark is a short beat which suits two rods and is ideal if you are looking for privacy or are a father, son/daughter fishing trip, etc.

Upper North Wark

The beat likes water and suits levels around 2.5ft on the Sprouston gauge, and fishes very well around this height. Access is great with a good off road parking area which leads to easy steps down to the hut. The fishing from the island offers good wading and as the river is split you won't need to cast very far. The upper part of the beat is fished from the boat - read more.

If you need advice where to fish please give Tom a ring on the office number, 01573 470612.

Keep up to date with the latest Tweed fishing report from Tim Pilcher at Tweedside Tackle by following this link.


Junior Malloch Winner

Jess England
Jess England with Scott Mackenzie and John Wood.

Jess England joined the winners of this years competition on FishPonds beat, River Tay, Monday 16th August 2016 for a days fishing with tuition from world spey casting champion Scott Mackenzie and SGAIC instructor and head ghillie of FishPonds beat Iain Kirk.

The morning saw the most action with Jess losing a fish to the net on a Mackenzie Graphene FX1 rod and Jordan, also using a Mackenzie rod, caught a grilse netted by Scott.

This years winners were presented with certificates by Tay Foundation Chairman John Wood and Scott Mackenzie and won a selection of prizes from our sponsors which included: a double handed rod, reel and line from Glasgow Angling Centre. A box of salmon flies from Caledonia Fly Company. A DVD and tuition on the day from Scott Mackenzie and Mackenzie DTX. Fishing for salmon on FishPonds with tuition from SGAIC instructor and ghillie Iain Kirk - read more.

To enter this years Junior Malloch Competition please follow this link.


FishPal Malloch Trophy 2016

FishPal Malloch Trophy

The FishPal Malloch Trophy is the most prestigious Salmon trophy in Europe and its main aim is to promote the conservation of salmon through catch and release on all Scottish rivers.

The FishPal Malloch Trophy and Junior Competition are awarded annually to the captor of the best salmon caught in Scotland and safely returned to the water - how to enter this years competition.

FishPal Malloch Trophy


River Champion

Scotts View

As part of its 25th anniversary celebrations, one of the leading organisations responsible for the protection and enhancement of the River Tweed and its surroundings, the Tweed Forum, has launched a search for its first ever River Champion.

Tweed Forum

The accolade will be awarded to someone with an outstanding commitment to the Tweed and its surrounds and the Forum is asking the public in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland to help by nominating anyone they feel would be a worthy winner - read more.


Facebook Competition


Tell us which beat our office manager Tom Carter has put the Fin & Game fish.

Like and share the Fin & Game Facebook page and win a Fin & Game goodie bag.

The winner will be chosen at random and announced on the 21st September - read more.


Keep Up To Date

If you would like to receive regular updates on catches, river levels and fishing reports please follow this link to subscribe.

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

Cracking fish for Ken Dyson on a Cascade Tube out the Boatpool, Bemersyde