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(Last updated: Monday 4th December)

River Tweed River Report Final Week Of The Season Ending 30th November 2017

Well….that's it all over and done with, I don't think there was much fishing effort made over the last 4 days of the season. There are lots of theories to what went wrong with the autumn run, we'll just need to wait and see what's going to be suggested going forward.

6 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout were reported for the last 4 days of the season, the best fish for the week was 18lb Salmon caught on the Glenormiston Beat.

The Season So Far tally has finished on 6162 Salmon and 1688 Sea Trout. I would expect this to rise once the catches from non-reporting beats and the tributaries are reported.

Spring availability in now be listed on Fishtweed and via beat agents so get planning for the 2018 season

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Boatman/Ghillies/Fishers/Secretaries who gave me regular weekly reports, without them this report wouldn't be the same. Mr Tom Leslie for his wonderful support and kind gestures for the Boatmen and Ghillies of the river, Mr Alex Knox of the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant in Kelso for hosting our boatman's end of season dinner along with providing a wonderful service and high quality food on a regular basis to the fishers of the River Tweed.

Tweedswood Head Ghillie Mr Kevin Patterson reports "With the season drifting out to sea on a probable 8ft wave it's with mixed feelings we look back and for some it's been a great time and fish caught for others it's been hard going but over all we are in the middle when it was good it was good but when poor very poor no balance no guarantees mind you there never is .Thank you to you all that came tried and made my job so enjoyable as a tweed Ghillie because without you guys and girls i would be out a job . For fishing hard when it was testing and sitting in a nice warm fishing hut might have been favoured and for getting stuck in when others around were not quite as keen i am very lucky to have a hard core team or two and it just goes to show what we can do in a pretty poor Tweed season we manage to get a good score of 104 so far and i am very pleased with that .Top salmon caught by size was a fine 26lb salmon by Mr Steven Ferguson that was quite a change in that we didn't get any big salmon over the last few season and this was a good strong fighting fish hope it gets on to the redds to complete his journey . Another salmon that sticks in the Memory was Charlie's personal best 22lb salmon which was a hard weeks fishing reward plus a fantastic win on the horses on the final afternoon that's what it's all about at Tweedswood we have great fun I hope that you will return again to see what it throws at us in 2018 so to you all cheers from the Tweedswood Team. Look forward to the fishing in 2018 don't think about it get in touch with me on to fix out what you want mobile no 07971828086 cheers to you all Kevin"

Middle Pavillion Head Ghillie Mr Mick Charlton reports "Hi All, Well that's 2017 Salmon fishing over and done. (Not before time some might say!)
Firstly November, The first fish of the month went to Mr Jamie Boyd on his first visit to the beat, A personal best for Jamie (12 lb) Caught on a Flamethrower from the Boat Shiel. The 13th and 2 1 for Mr Bob Bulloch from the Whirls. Then another personal best and as it turned out our biggest fish of the season. A 21 lb fish For Mrs Jan Christie caught in the Whirls on a Cascade. 2 fish that week for Mr George Holdsworth, 1 from the Elm Weil and the other from the Whirls.
The last fish of the season was caught by Mr Phil Dickinson making his first ever visit to the beat. Caught in the Boat Shiel on a Gledswood Shrimp.
Not a November to get excited about for numbers of fish but it was noticeable that the fish were as in October much larger than average.
Overall the season has followed the pattern of the last 3 years, spring was as in previous years steady, with fish coming steadily from early April onwards for whatever reason we seemed to lose more fish than normal!
Summer and plenty of water! Good old barbecue summer! On the plus side this meant a decent run of fish through the summer months.
Autumn and as in the last few season no Autumn run to speak of, plenty of fish about sadly mostly older fish and hard to interest in the fly, on the plus side most of these fish were in double figures with one or two very large fish about.
Onwards and upwards let's put this season to bed and look ahead to 2018 and hope the theories are right (depending on which one you believe!) Fingers crossed we see more fish returning to the Tweed and we can have a season to remember for the right reasons.
We are now taking bookings for next season and have been quite busy already so if you would like to make sure you get the days you want contact us before it's too late!
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and tight lines for 2018"

Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports "A new year, fresh fish bring it on"

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "After this season I don't think it can be any worse, as long as we get the conditions a bit more favourable next spring"

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports "A very tough year, massively disappointing lack of an autumn run. Some months have seen more fish than normal, so fingers crossed these months continue to improve and hopefully the fish numbers next year are better than this year and the last 4 years"

On Upper North Wark, the season never really got going for us, losing the water level at the wrong time going into April when we were picking away through March. July proved to be our more productive month of the season with 10 Salmon landed. Sea Trout numbers were reasonable this season to. The autumn just never got going and was a long hard slog. Looking forward to the 2018 season with optimistic hopes for the spring and summer fishing and hope some of the theories been bounced around for the autumn run comes true. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our fishers who fished through the season and look forward to welcoming you's back next season. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports "The last 4 days dragged by as we waited for the 30th and close of play for the 2017 season. The only highlight was a 9lb hen fish caught by Tom Wadsworth at the Iron Gate point on Monday, this was a special fish as it was Toms birthday and the first fish he's caught on a fly.The water conditions were perfect but just no fish."

Hawick Angling Club reports "That is the end of the Salmon season and I think that most anglers will be glad that it is over. There are very few fish being seen and also more worryingly is the lack of redds being seen. There has been little fishing activity over the past few weeks and this must rank as the worst back end for many years"

Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Mr David Cowan reports "Despite difficult fishing conditions on the main stem of the Tweed the Whiteadder benefited from higher river levels than normal and fish ran through most of the summer.
Total salmon caught amounted to 56 fish with 20 sea trout, an improvement on the last few years. It was also encouraging to see more anglers on the water during the season. A day permit at £30 is a good substitute to lost days when the Tweed is flooded off. The Berwick & District Angling Association AGM will be held on the 10th January at 7pm at the Black and Gold Social Club in Berwick where all season permit holders will be welcome.
If anyone would like further information or a taster session in the spring please contact the Secretary on 01289306985 or see us on FishPal & at"

The season ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 5" and the water temperature is 38.

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 information and photo's you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or

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Beat catches
Last week was in the salmon close season so no catches to report

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:

SALMON & GRILSE: West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 8, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 4, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 17, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 2, Drygrange 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 1. Total: 49
SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 2, Dryburgh Lower 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 11

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 8, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 4, Sprouston 10, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 71, Lower Makerstoun 7, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 11, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 1, Boleside 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, BlueStone 2. Total: 160
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 1, Upper North Wark 3, Sprouston 1, Junction 4, Dryburgh Lower 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 11

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 11, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 13, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 12, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 26, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 30, Lower Makerstoun 7, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 13, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 8, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 5, Boleside 4, BlueStone 3, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2. Total: 189
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 3, Lower Birgham 2, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Lower Tindal 2. Total: 12

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 43, Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 5, Ladykirk 38, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 5, Tillmouth 29, West Learmouth 6, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 25, Sprouston 29, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 11, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 7, Middle Pavilion 9, Boleside 13, Sunderland Hall 1. Total: 324
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 8, Milne Graden 11, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 9, Lower Birgham 3, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, Tiptoe 2. Total: 65

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 15, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 22, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 24, West Learmouth 14, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 38, Sprouston 41, Hendersyde 37, Upper Hendersyde 17, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 14, Rutherford 24, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 10, Bemersyde 6, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 17, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 3, Sunderland Hall 1, BDAA Whiteadder 6, BlueStone 3, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1, Monteviot 5. Total: 384
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 5, Milne Graden 7, Tillmouth 14, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 6, Birgham Dub 15, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 10, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 2, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 2, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 11, Lower Tindal 12, Redscar and Upper Tindal 13, Monteviot 5. Total: 167

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 32, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 38, West Learmouth 42, Upper North Wark 10, Lower Birgham 20, Birgham Dub 46, Sprouston 41, Hendersyde 37, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 42, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 4, Rutherford 27, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 9, Bemersyde 15, Drygrange 2, Tweedswood 11, Lower Pavilion 9, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 7, Nest 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 15, BlueStone 7, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 2, Flodden 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 5, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 489
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 6, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 7, Tillmouth 10, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 21, Sprouston 21, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 58, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 23, Dryburgh Lower 9, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 6, Sunderland Hall 1, Fairnilee 2, Ashiestiel 5, BDAA Whiteadder 15, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 14, Lower Tindal 9, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 25, Redscar and Upper Tindal 54, Monteviot 3. Total: 374

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 7, Ladykirk 29, The Boathouse and Canny 8, Milne Graden 23, Tillmouth 51, West Learmouth 30, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 13, Birgham Dub 66, Sprouston 65, Hendersyde 48, Upper Hendersyde 21, Junction 56, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 18, Rutherford 29, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 7, Bemersyde 14, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 13, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 11, Boleside 15, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 1, Nest 2, Ashiestiel 5, Cardrona 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 3, BlueStone 4, Tiptoe 4, Flodden 3, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2, Monteviot 5, Middle Ettrick 6. Total: 620
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 5, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 19, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 20, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 6, Dryburgh Upper 13, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 4, Lower Pavilion 11, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 15, Fairnilee 11, Nest 6, Ashiestiel 5, Holylee 2, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 3, Flodden 8, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4, Monteviot 2. Total: 247

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 7, Horncliffe 7, Ladykirk Lower 24, Pedwell 9, Ladykirk 15, The Boathouse and Canny 13, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 28, West Learmouth 33, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 23, Birgham Dub 34, Sprouston 35, Hendersyde 44, Upper Hendersyde 19, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 7, Upper Makerstoun 20, Rutherford 46, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 7, Bemersyde 11, Drygrange 11, Tweedswood 26, Lower Pavilion 14, Middle Pavilion 13, Boleside 47, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 8, Nest 8, Ashiestiel 7, Holylee 2, Traquair 1, Cardrona 3, Horsbrugh 4, Dawyck 2, BDAA Whiteadder 13, BlueStone 3, Tiptoe 3, Lower Tindal 4, Flodden 6, Redscar and Upper Tindal 6, Middle Ettrick 3. Total: 636
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk Lower 2, Ladykirk 2, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 5, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 6, Junction 13, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 3, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 8, Fairnilee 2, Nest 3, Ashiestiel 4, Holylee 1, Traquair 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 1, Flodden 1. Total: 87

SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk Lower 5, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 8, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 6, West Learmouth 16, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 37, Sprouston 30, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 16, Junction 38, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 8, Rutherford 15, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 10, Bemersyde 16, Drygrange 5, Tweedswood 25, Lower Pavilion 17, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 29, Sunderland Hall 3, Fairnilee 38, Nest 17, Ashiestiel 17, Holylee 18, Traquair 36, Glenormiston 10, Cardrona 11, Horsbrugh 22, Dawyck 6, BDAA Whiteadder 16, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 3, Redscar and Upper Tindal 1, Monteviot 2, Middle Ettrick 19. Total: 585
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk Lower 2, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Birgham Dub 1, Hendersyde 3, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 6, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Upper 2, Drygrange 2, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 6, Fairnilee 4, Nest 3, Ashiestiel 2, Holylee 3, Traquair 4, Horsbrugh 3, Dawyck 1. Total: 52

SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, West Learmouth 5, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 9, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 9, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 7, Drygrange 6, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 7, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 19, Sunderland Hall 5, Fairnilee 6, Nest 12, Ashiestiel 4, Holylee 9, Traquair 19, Glenormiston 10, Cardrona 8, Horsbrugh 7, Dawyck 1, Middle Ettrick 4. Total: 199
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk Lower 1, Lower Birgham 1, Junction 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 2, Nest 2, Holylee 2, Traquair 1, Horsbrugh 2, Dawyck 1. Total: 14

Last Season

The River Tweed Commission released its figures for the river as a whole in late February and reported as follows.

The RTC's 2014 Annual Report noted that the winter of 2013/4 was the mildest on record and the season started with high water. The hot summer and lengthy dry spell meant that river levels were very low during the summer months but such conditions are not unusual. This resulted in very few fish showing in the system and even the deep pools in the lower reaches did not appear to hold many fish. In the autumn there were fewer fish backed up in the lower River. After the Spring, Salmon rod catches were much lower than they had been in recent years in all parts of the River. Even the north-east coastal net fisheries, which enjoyed excellent early Sea-trout catches and then summer fishing conditions, had poor Salmon catches. Conversely, good Brown trout and Grayling catches were reported on many parts of the River, Brown trout catches exceptionally so.

9,971 Salmon were reported caught in 2014 (20,316 in 2013). The overall catch, whilst extremely poor, was not as bad as many had predicted, with the rod fishery catching 7,767 (14,794 in 2013). 77%, 5,980 fish, of the total rod catch was returned (75% in 2013). 4,029 Sea-trout were landed in the 2014 season (4,608 in 2013), 2,050 by the rod fishery. Rod catches were near the highest levels seen in recent years.

Trout catches were exceptionally good in 2014. Good numbers of catch returns were submitted to the Tweed Foundation from the 2014 trout fishing season from most areas of the river system. All of those areas recorded their highest average catch rate for "oversize" (10" +) Brown trout during the nine years that the Tweed Trout & Grayling Initiative has been collecting data, which confirmed reports of the good quality trout fishing by anglers this year.

The RTC Annual Report 2014 includes further information about the Commission's work during the year, together with catch and trends graphs.

The RTC now allows public attendance at its Annual General Meeting, which are usually held at 9.30am on the first Monday in March each year at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso. Public attendance is welcome.

The full text of the RTC annual report can be seen by going to their website