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(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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
An end of season report with total will be added in due course.Catches reported to us were: