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(Last updated: Monday 17th October)
Once again we end another week of this season on Tweed still with low water. Plenty of fish but mainly black in varying sizes; from 2lbs to over 20lbs. Many in the high teens and low twenties.
Some beats are experiencing fish cutting redds. The general concensus seems to be most, if not all, of these are summer fish. What a shame we lacked water for the best part of ten months as catching these fish fresh off the tide on flaoting line and dressed fly in the summer could have been memorable!
Are we experiencing a change in the river? It would certainly seem so, as over the last few years we have seen the average size of our back-end/autumn fish drop from what one used to catch and expected on Tweed in the autumn. Fish which generally would be between 12lbs/14lbs and up to the mid-teens and twenties regularly caught are now, tending to be much smaller grilse. For fish to run we are always dependant on freshwater and we are seeing these prolific runs in the summer and also an increase in spring runs.
Personally, I enjoy summer fishing on a warm summer's day with the chance of summer salmon, grilse or seatrout - this being so much under utilized here on Tweed. Generally there are seatrout over 20lbs caught
most years. A great catch along with many in the teens.
If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , tel 01573 225306 or pop into our new shop in Kelso - 13 Bridge Street - for a chat or if you have time a cup of tea/coffee! Wishing everyone a great week on the river and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team for another week!
To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: