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(Last updated: Thursday 20th September)
River Tweed River Report Week Ending 15th September
The week got underway with a hopeful forecast of some rain due and it came on Tuesday with another small rise which stirred up the muck and made the river very dirty on Wednesday. Peaking at 2ft 3 at Sprouston is wasn't as big as we would like but any rise at the moment is better than nothing. After the dirty water of Wednesday the catches sprung into life with 87, 63, and 60 reported on Fishtweed for the 3 days following the rise. Overall the weekly catch was the best week of the season so far. A real mixture of colours of fish were landed but it was encouraging to hear of some good sized sea liced fish been caught. On Saturday the river entered the Fly Only party of the season which runs 15th September until 30th November.
Ladykirk and Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beats with 30 and 38 this week, Milne Graden sandwiched between these 2 beats managed 16. Below Kelso catch numbers were better this week with Junction 16, Hendersyde 18, Sprouston 21, Birgham Dub 16 and the Lees 22 having better fishing. Above Kelso the Mertoun beats with 15 and Dryburgh beats with 13 had the best of the fishing. On Thursday Rutherford had a good day landing 9 fish.
On Middle Pavilion 3 salmon were landed for the week with success been had by Mr Borras from and Elm Wheil and Mr Tim Briggs from the Boat Sheil. On the Junction Mr Charlie Palmer and Mr Jeremy Culham had fish from the Old Bridge ably assisted by boatman Pud Murray. Fishing the Norham Castle Syndicate water Mr George Baines had a good day landing 3 fish to 15lbs. Mr Steven Hogg, Mr Philip Black, Mr Andy Britton and My James England all had success on the fly with some nice fish landed. Well done guys. Mr Ian Hayward landed a cracking 21lb fish from Milne Graden on a size 12 Munro fished on the dropper.
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85 were reported caught above Kelso, 126 fish were reported between Kelso and Coldstream and 108 reported below Coldstream.
On the River Till, 3 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout were reported on the Redscar and Upper Tindal beat.
353 Salmon and 39 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 21lb Salmon caught on the Milne Graden Beat.
Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "The rods had sport every day this week which is a bonus considering we had a dirty wee lift on Tuesday leaving a fair bit of colour for the rest of the week. Only having to resort to the spinner for a token gesture on Wed pm. Plenty action for the next few days though with both rods having plenty of pulls. Thankfully some were landed. We ended the week with 18"
Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports "Nice to see a few more fish this last week than the last few weeks. A bit disappointing that very few fresh ones seem to be coming up. But any fish is better than no fish!!"
On Upper North Wark, Finally a small mucky rise that brought the level up on Tuesday evening and we had 11 inch on the gauge on Wednesday morning and rather mucky. We saw a few fish up in the Snipe and a couple in the Dub. Water level was back to 1" by Friday.
Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports "A slightly better week with the wee rise moving some fish up to us. We had some fresh ones among them the best being an 18lber caught by Paul Collinson. Looks like a lot more rain next week along with some very strong winds so we'll find out what's to come."
Ladykirk Head Ghillie Mr Matthi Viethen reports "Another good week for us with a combined catch of 29 (30 reported this week. 1 was from last week), considering we lost Wednesday due to mega dirty water.
Ladykirk finished with 2 Salmon, up to 11lb, and 2 Grilse and Ladykirk Lower finished with 21 Salmon, up to 19.5lb, and 5 Grilse.
Great day for Ladykirk Lower Gillies on Saturday, catching 4 Salmon and 1 Grilse of the 7 reported, including best for 2018, a liced cracker of just under 19.5 lb. Well done again Dave.
Let's hope there's a few more of these big fish to arrive"
Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports "Better week this week lost two days due to high water and too much colour, ended with 12 for the week that puts us on 95 for the season.. Don't know if we'll hit the 100 this week as there's a flood on the way. There's a nice bottle up for grabs for the person who gets the 100th fish, so get booking"
Dave Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports "Still not enough water in the Whiteadder to see any great run of fish into the tributary. Rain forecast for Saturday night through to Sunday could increase the prospects for the start of the week."
The week ended with the level at Sprouston 7" and the water temperature is 56.
To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: