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Newsletter December 2016

The lift of water in the latter part of November produced some clean fish for rods in and around Monteviot and School House beats on the Teviot, which was welcomed by anglers during the closing days. The last fish of the season, a hen of 17lb, was caught and released by Steve McPadden fishing Hawick Angling Club water.

Unbelievably, there are only seven weeks left to the start of the 2017 Tweed salmon season and this months newsletter features where to fish in February and March.

For those of us who are lucky to leave the cold weather behind we have asked Malcolm Anderson of Caledonia Fly Company and Tom Leslie of Award Winning Fin & Game to share with us their passion for salt water fishing.

The phones at FishPal HQ are ringing non stop this month from opening at 9am until close at 5pm, enquiries are for 2017 fishing and purchases of the FishPal Gift Vouchers.

It's too early to give you the full picture for Tweed, but, there is a genuine enthusiasm from customers choosing the Scottish Borders as their fishing holiday destination in 2017.

Please give me a call on the office number 01573 470612, if you need help organising your fishing, including where to stay on Tweed, tackle advice and guided fishing for 2017.

The offices will be closed on Monday 26th & Tuesday 27th December, and will re-open on Wednesday 28th December as normal.

Have a great Christmas and New year.

Tom Carter

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2017 Fishing Renewal

Currently the office is in full swing organising 2017 Tweed availability for the Tweed Salmon Fishing beats we look after. The renewal email for tenants went out at the start of December, and to secure your fishing please send your form back before the 18th December.

If you have fished more than one consecutive day during 2016 on Tweed and have not yet received a renewal email please contact the offices on 01573 470612 or email tom.carter@fishpal.com.

Available Tweed Salmon Fishings rods will be released on to the site before Christmas. If you would like to speak to someone during the festive break about fishing on Tweed, the offices will be open and staff are available to help you book fishing, recommend places to stay, guides, tackle advice and where to hire fishing tackle in the Borders. Let us take the stress out of booking your fishing holiday to the Scottish Borders in 2017.

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If you have already booked your fishing through us for next year and you have not yet taken out our FishPal Insurance Cover then don't worry, follow this link to find out all about the cover the policy provides as you can still take out the cover if you so wish - Fishing Insurance.

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Taste Of Salt

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Tom returning a bonefish on a recent saltwater trip.

As the weather takes a turn and the salmon season comes to an end, we start to turn our thoughts to wading through pristine saltwater flats in search of our next target, be it a tailing bonefish or a rampaging GT. We asked Tom Leslie of award winning Fin & Game, Kelso, to share with us his saltwater experience - read more.

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Saltwater Flies

It's getting to that time of year when anglers are looking out their travel rods and heading for warmer climates. Saltwater fly fishing is very exhilarating and can leave many an angler in disbelief how quickly their reel has emptied of fly line and backing - read more.

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Gift ideas from Fin and Game Kelso

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Bemersyde Award

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Lady Haig with current winners Fin Wilson and Jess England.

The closing date for this years Bemersyde award for the best Tweed fly caught and released salmon and the New Junior Award is January 31st 2017 - read more.

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Scottish Borders Winners

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Award winners FishPal with fellow winner Tom Leslie of Fin and Game.

FishPal & FishTweed attended the 2016 Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards last month - read more.

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FishTweed Now On Facebook

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2017 Spring Fishing

Fishing on Tweed starts in seven weeks and from opening day, the river offers anglers the opportunity of catching an early run salmon. Last year 2,030 Springers were caught which is an increase on the previous year.

Tom enjoyed a memorable day fishing on Tillmouth beat in March, catching two long tailed sea-liced salmon. "I have never caught two spring fish in one day!" A day's spring fishing on this beat won't break the bank either and is great value with excellent facilities.

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John Edey Tillmouth boatman with Tom Carter's spring salmon.

Beats in and around Kelso offer one of the best opportunities for early February fishing, however Makerstoun five miles upstream of Kelso, picked up 5 early February fish this year.

Most beats from Norham to Melrose will start seeing and catching fish from March onwards, many are lightly fished, and offer excellent value for money.

Please speak with Tom in the office on 01573 470612 or visit FishTweed Find Fishing.

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Mackenzie Travel Rods voted one of the best in Trout & Salmon Magazine in 2016.

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Salmon Seminar

The Tweed Foundation are hosting a free seminar at 7pm on Wednesday 14th December, with guest speaker Dr Holst - read more.

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Award Winning Pub

The family run Plough Inn in Leitholm near Coldstream, is well situated for the Rivers Tweed and Whiteadder, each are about a 10 minute drive away. You'll receive a warm welcome from Sarah, David and Fraser. Recently refurbished, the inn offers three comfortable en-suite bedrooms, good home-cooked food and a well-stocked bar, including real ales and malt whiskies. They are winners of the Born in the Borders Food & Drink Award for 'Best Pub/Bar' - read more.

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Free Fishing Availability Alerts

The best way to keep an eye on what availability is being released, is to register for a Rod Alert which will allow an email to be sent to you first thing in the morning, if new fishing has been added to the site.

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FishTweed Thank You

We would like to thank you for purchasing a day, week or season permit on Tweed and it's tributaries this year. In doing so you are supporting the Tweed infrastructure and the local community from the boatman and guides who look after you on beats, to the fishing tackle shops who help you with flies and tackle.

The hotels, B&B's, pubs, self catering accommodation who make your stay in the Borders memorable and the places to eat and drink from sandwich shops, cafes, restaurants where the chat about fishing conditions and the ones that got away is on everyones lips.

And finally a huge thank you to Tim Pilcher of Tweedside Tackle for all his wonderful report writing throughout the season! Not an easy thing to do, but so much appreciated by the thousands of Tweed fisherman who read it each week.

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