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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Wednesday 5th December)

The closing date for this years Bemersyde Award for the best Tweed fly caught and released salmon is January 31st 2019.

The winning angler, young person and boatman will be invited to a presentation at Bemersyde House with Lady Haig in 2019.

Lady Haig hope the Junior Award will encourage more young people to try salmon fishing on Tweed and increase participation of existing junior anglers.


River Tweed River Report End Of Season

Well that's the 2018 Salmon and Sea Trout fishing season over, quite a few will say finally as it has been a very tough one all round. The beast from the east played havoc in the early part of the spring, then the long hot drought which seemed to last forever. These conditions my no means helped the catches this season, but it's undeniable that there was a severe lack of fish in the river system, especially fresh fish in the autumn with the majority of fish caught been coloured. What does the future hold? Is it a cycle? Is it something more drastic?

Predation is a huge concern on the river and recent report from the RTC says during the latest count the numbers of goosanders has fallen to see the report click here Down with us this season we haven't caught a single grayling and very few trout compared to recent years, would appear they have been gobbled up or went on their holidays!

The season's total (Unofficial) based on the Fishtweed and Tweedbeats catch figures are Salmon 5483 and Sea Trout 706. I would imagine these figures will increase when the non-reporting beats and tributaries report their catches.

Our end of season Ghillies/Boatman dinner has been and I would like to pass on the thanks of us all to Mr Tom Leslie of Fin and Game for his generosity and Mr Alex Knox of The Contented Vine restaurant for hosting the meal. The support both give to the Tweed Ghillie's, The Fishers and the area is exceptional. A huge thank you for all you do.

As we look forward to the new season starting on 1st February with fresh optimism of lovely fresh spring salmon making their way up the river. We can hope for a spring of decent settled water conditions and fish in the pools and lots of new memories and friendships made. Quite a few beats have reduced their prices in line with recent catches making fishing more accessible for all and the chance to fish some beats that have never fished before. The rivers need support now more than ever to keep these opportunities for future generations and hopefully the power at be can make this great river great again.


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

If you're needing to top up your fly box ahead of the new season please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk

As I sign off doing the reports for this season, I hope to have more happy news to report next season. I would personally like to thank, all the Ghillies who provide me with weekly information which without it the report would not be as good as it is, the fishers who share their catches and stories to be included and to all the readers thanks for taking the time to read and hopefully enjoy what I put together. Have a good Christmas and look forward to returning to the river in the new season. Thanks Martin


Beat catches reported
(week ending 15th December)
SALMON & GRILSE: None reported
SEA TROUT: None reported
TROUT: None reported



Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

See also the charts on our Season so far page

An end of season report with total will be added in due course.

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, Dryburgh Lower 1. Total: 41
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 5, Tiptoe 3. Total: 181
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, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1. Total: 233
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 18, 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, Tweedswood 1, 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 22, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 13, Bemersyde 11, Old Melrose 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 15, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 15, Boleside 9, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 8, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 731
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 6, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2. Total: 89

September
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 18, Horncliffe 35, Ladykirk Lower 75, Pedwell 22, Ladykirk 36, The Boathouse and Canny 6, Milne Graden 53, Tillmouth 173, West Learmouth 19, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 17, Birgham Dub 63, Sprouston 43, Hendersyde 44, Upper Hendersyde 16, Junction 38, Lower Makerstoun 14, Upper Makerstoun 18, Rutherford 42, Dryburgh Lower 16, Dryburgh Upper 15, Bemersyde 14, Old Melrose 10, Drygrange 8, Tweedswood 29, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 12, Boleside 55, Fairnilee 2, Nest 5, Ashiestiel 10, Holylee 4, Traquair 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Lower Tindal 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 3, Monteviot 3, Middle Ettrick 4. Total: 938
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Tillmouth 14, West Learmouth 3, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 4, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 13, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 7, Old Melrose 2, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 13, Fairnilee 1, Nest 5, Ashiestiel 3, Holylee 3, Cardrona 1, Horsbrugh 1, Tiptoe 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4, Monteviot 2. Total: 118

October
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 34, Ladykirk Lower 29, Pedwell 19, Ladykirk 39, The Boathouse and Canny 13, Milne Graden 50, Tillmouth 139, West Learmouth 10, Upper North Wark 6, Lower Birgham 30, Birgham Dub 26, Sprouston 35, Hendersyde 58, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 19, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 10, Rutherford 27, Dryburgh Lower 15, Dryburgh Upper 11, Bemersyde 25, Old Melrose 17, Drygrange 11, Tweedswood 27, Lower Pavilion 15, Middle Pavilion 12, Boleside 38, Sunderland Hall 4, Fairnilee 24, Nest 21, Ashiestiel 24, Holylee 5, Traquair 18, Glenormiston 3, Cardrona 8, Horsbrugh 5, Dawyck 5, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 2, Monteviot 5, Middle Ettrick 13. Total: 865
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 2, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 8, Birgham Dub 4, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 9, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 1, Bemersyde 2, Boleside 4, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 6, Nest 4, Ashiestiel 1, Traquair 6, Horsbrugh 8, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 79

November
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk Lower 1, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 6, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 15, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 7, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 12, Junction 11, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 3, Old Melrose 7, Drygrange 5, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 3, Boleside 21, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 4, Nest 5, Ashiestiel 1, Holylee 5, Traquair 15, Glenormiston 12, Cardrona 8, Horsbrugh 6, Dawyck 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 1, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 191
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 2, The Boathouse and Canny 1, West Learmouth 1, Hendersyde 3, Upper Hendersyde 1, Rutherford 1, Boleside 3, Fairnilee 3, Nest 4, Holylee 1, Traquair 5, Glenormiston 1, Cardrona 1, Horsbrugh 1, Dawyck 1. Total: 30



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