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Last week

(Last updated: Sunday 22nd April)


River Tweed River Report Week Ending 21st April


I would like to start the report this week by wishing Upper Hendersyde Head Boatman Mr Robert Jewels a very happy 50th birthday Sir.

Full time 2nd boatman job available on Upper North Wark beat on the River Tweed. For more details or to apply with CV contact Martin on 07825334427 or email bookings@uppernorthwarkfishing.com

A very up and down week last week with high winds to coloured water to scorchio making fishing very difficult and the catches followed a similar pattern, with catches scattered over the river. Above Kelso 14 fish were landed with the Floors beats landing 8 of them. Mr Duval from France got Upper Dryburgh off and running for the season with a lovely 8lber landed on Friday, Well done Brian and Mr Duval.

Between Kelso and Coldstream the likely beats landed a few fish with Junction 6, Hendersyde 5, Sprouston 5 and Birgham Dub having the best of the fishing. Mr Simon Bedford landed a superb 16lber at the Junction on Saturday.

It's been a while this season but the 1st fish have been caught below Coldstream with Pedwell landing a fish on Monday and Tillmouth landing 1 on Friday.


47 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 20lb Salmon caught on the Sprouston Beat.


Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports "Nice to fish on shirt sleeves and land a couple of fish on intermediate lines and size 6 doubles, thought it was never comng"

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "A good start to the week with 3 fresh springers on the 1st run down the pools but the river started to rise and things went very quiet. Tuesday was a challenge to with high winds making things tough for the fly but Mr Peter Allan managed to land his first salmon. A good result considering the conditions. By the end of the week it felt more like the Costa Del Sol with the sun blazing down. (We're never happy!) but we managed one more fish on Saturday bringing our total for the week to 5.


On Upper North Wark, a tough week with high winds at the start of the week, dirty water on Wednesday followed by glorious hot sunny weather to finish the week. We had 1 fish for the week a nice 10lber landed on the Fly by Mr Stuart Norris.


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports "We had a cracking 16lber on Monday from Learmouth stream but that was it for the week. The weather has been kind to us this week, we did see fish going through on a couple of days but they don't want to hang around here at the moment. Let's keep the levels dropping which might stop some fish down here"


Mr David Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports "Whiteadder started the week quite high at over two foot but very clean. Only one fish reported on BDAA water, a very fresh run fish at 8lb. River dropped away all week and still at over a ft with prospects looking good for the coming week. Water right and fresh fish running in"

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 6" and the water temperature is 50.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the West Learmouth beat, with a few fish moving up past Kelso, the Upper Dryburgh & Lower Dryburgh beats should have a chance of a springer this week.


The forecast this coming week, Tuesday will be breezy, with some sunny spells but also a scattering of showers from the west. Showers may merge into longer spells of rain overnight, but confidence is low. Wednesday will see widespread heavy and thundery showers developing, with some sunshine in-between too. Showers slowly easing overnight. Banks of cloud and further blustery showers on Thursday too.


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 finally starting to drop in and water temperatures starting to rise Floating or Intermediate lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment. Aluminium or Copper tubes around 1" should be the order of the day, some anglers may prefer a big dressed fly around a size 6 or 8. Pattern's I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Girnel Shrimp, Gledswood Shrimp and Underghillie should bring success. A wee personal favourite of mine is the Black and Yellow Samurai Shrimp at this time of year. If you like to give the spinner a go, Rapala, Toby or Flying C 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 21st April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Pedwell 1, Tillmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 4, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 6, Lower Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Upper 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1.
Total: 31 Largest: Sprouston 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Junction 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Junction 3lbs
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

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. Total: 90
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Lower Pavilion 1. Total: 9



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