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Last week

(Last updated: Sunday 9th September)

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 8th September


The catches the last couple of weeks have remained steady with the bulk of fish still been caught below Coldstream, as would be anticipated in the current conditions. On Monday we have steady drizzly rain which overnight put the river up 10 inches below Kelso with most the water coming down the Teviot which peaked at 2ft 6" at Hawick. This brought is some grubby dark water which affected the fishing at the start of the week. The weather turned cooler towards the end of the week with morning temperatures around 8-10 degrees, this has helped drop the water temperature and brought some of the older fish back on the grab.

Ladykirk and Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beats with 34 and 60 this week, Milne Graden sandwiched between these 2 beats managed 5 and lost a few. Birgham Dub picked away and finished the week with 15.

The continued wait for some proper rain goes on and not a great deal of rain on the forecast for this week, really need it to come soon, if it comes to late in the season these fish down the bottom end will be on the charge or the old story it will start raining and forget to stop!

Friday 14th September see's the end of spinning for the season as the river moved into the fly only period 15th September until 30th November.

Mr Jonathan Lane fishing at Rutherford landed 1 salmon and a sea trout on Saturday, losing a further 3 fish. Fishing at Bemersyde 84 year old Mr Rodger Wheater landed a nice fresh fish from the Boat Pool. On the Junction 71 year old Mr Bill Warnett landed his 1st ever salmon from Hempseedford ably assisted by boatman Pud Murray.


42 were reported caught above Kelso, 50 fish were reported between Kelso and Coldstream and 114 reported below Coldstream.

On the River Till, 3 Sea Trout were reported, 2 on Redscar and Upper Tindal and 1 at Tiptoe.


224 Salmon and 20 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 18lb Salmon caught on the Boleside and Ladykirk Beats.


Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "A bit of a struggle at the start of the wk. Another wee lift mainly from the Teviot making it a bit grimy and colour hanging around for a couple of days. As it cleared though we started to get some action and on Sat we had a very frustrating day with 1 salmon landed and 5 or 6 fish coming short of the fly and not quite connecting. Ended the week with 4"


Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports "3 fish landed and quite a few pulls and touches. Some fresh fish seen and the odd coloured resident starting to hold up in a few pools. Was nice to see some running fish. Fingers crossed for some rain."


On Upper North Wark, another week of low water with the level down to minus 4 inch on our gauge, badly needing rain soon.


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports "A quiet week until Saturday when we had a fair bit of action in the morning. 4 landed 4 lost and a lot of wee pulls plus splashes at a Sunray/Collie dug. Perhaps the drop in water temp switched them on or some old fish moved up a beat or two. #12 cascade, posh tosh doubles and a wee Red dot sized cone head. See Tweedbeats instagram page for photos."


Ladykirk Head Ghillie Mr Matthi Viethen reports "Another great week for us with a combined catch of 34 (33 reported) and roughly 20 lost, and lots of plucks and pulls. Ladykirk caught 6 Grilse and 5 Salmon up to 18lb, and Ladykirk Lower finished with 12 Grilse and 11 Salmon up to 14 lb. A big "Well done!" to everyone involved!
Special mention to 1st time Salmon fisher catching 5 on Friday and Guest rod's 1st every Salmon on fly on Monday (in unbelievably mucky water)"

Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports "Slow start to the week, 4 fish lost on Monday that was the story for the week a total of 12 fish lost and 6 landed to 15lb. Some availability this week, still plenty of dish in the beat the biggest problem is getting them to stay in the hooks"


Dave Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports "Nothing to report from Whiteadder."

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 2" and the water temperature is 56.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Tillmouth, Ladykirk, and Horncliffe beats should have a chance of some action this week. If you fancy the middle river Rutherford and the Dryburgh Beats will be worth a cast.


The forecast this coming week, fairly windy and cool on Tuesday with a fresh to strong south westerly breeze. There will also be cloudy skies and some scattered showers. Clear spells, winds easing overnight and a few showers possible. Wednesday will be breezy, cool and bright with sunny spells but some showers cannot be ruled out. Mainly fine for much of Thursday, but with a risk of rain later in the day.

As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have any information or photo's you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


With water levels still back to near summer levels and the temperature is back into the 50s. Floating lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment. Dressed flies around a size 10 to 12 should be the order of the day, in the deeper pools it might be worth a try with little ¼" or ½" copper tubes. I would suggest are Copper Cascade, Black Frances, Gledswood Shrimp, Kylie Shrimp, Red Frances and Sunray Shadow should bring success. If you like to give the spinner a go, Rapala or Toby should bring results.

As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you're needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk


Beat catches reported
(week ending 15th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 12, Ladykirk Lower 26, Pedwell 8, Ladykirk 4, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 16, Tillmouth 38, West Learmouth 14, Lower Birgham 6, Birgham Dub 16, Sprouston 21, Hendersyde 18, Upper Hendersyde 11, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 2, Old Melrose 4, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 3, Boleside 14, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, Holylee 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 3, Middle Ettrick 2.
Total: 280 Largest: Milne Graden 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Tillmouth 5, West Learmouth 3, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 1, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Upper 1, Old Melrose 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Nest 1, Holylee 1, Horsbrugh 1, Tiptoe 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2.
Total: 28 Largest: Tillmouth 7lbs
TROUT: Horsbrugh 1. Total: 1.



Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

See also the charts on our Season so far page

To be updated soon.

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 8, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 3, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 19, Lower Makerstoun 2. Total: 40
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 1. Total: 7

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 30, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 3, Old Melrose 1. Total: 91
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Lower Pavilion 1. Total: 9

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 3, Pedwell 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 3, Birgham Dub 14, Sprouston 25, Hendersyde 15, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 22, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 8, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 3, Middle Pavilion 3, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 125
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Junction 2. Total: 5

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 17, Horncliffe 7, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 12, Milne Graden 5, Tillmouth 22, West Learmouth 2, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 19, Sprouston 12, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 5, Junction 22, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 1, BDAA Whiteadder 7, Tiptoe 3. Total: 183
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 1, Junction 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Old Melrose 1, Middle Pavilion 3, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4. Total: 21

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 13, Horncliffe 4, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 10, Milne Graden 14, Tillmouth 25, West Learmouth 25, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 15, Sprouston 6, Hendersyde 10, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 19, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 15, Dryburgh Lower 13, Dryburgh Upper 16, Bemersyde 4, Old Melrose 2, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1. Total: 229
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Ladykirk 3, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 19, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 2, Junction 2, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 4, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 5, Redscar and Upper Tindal 25. Total: 102

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 31, Horncliffe 19, Pedwell 14, Ladykirk 20, Milne Graden 8, Tillmouth 29, West Learmouth 11, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 17, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 5, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Bemersyde 3, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 4, Tiptoe 2. Total: 184
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 2, Hendersyde 1, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Drygrange 1, Middle Pavilion 2, Tiptoe 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 7. Total: 22

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 30, Horncliffe 44, Ladykirk Lower 33, Pedwell 33, Ladykirk 80, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 28, Tillmouth 132, West Learmouth 42, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 42, Sprouston 31, Hendersyde 42, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 10, Upper Makerstoun 4, Rutherford 23, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 13, Bemersyde 12, Old Melrose 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 7, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 15, Boleside 9, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 8, BDAA Whiteadder 2. Total: 723
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 7, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 2, Sprouston 6, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 9, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 8, Old Melrose 5, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2. Total: 88



Last Season

The River Tweed Commission releases it's annual figures for the river as a whole in late February and prints them in their annual reports.

The RTC's Annual Reports are available on their website at this link. RTC Annual Reports