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(Last updated: Monday 26th September)
Well here we are in mid-September, low clear water, very few fresh fish around - not what one would expect after the 6' flood earlier in the month. Some beats are reporting a few fresh fish but not in great numbers. Fishers this week from a non-reporting beat below Coldstream caught numerous fish of varying sizes but mostly coloured. Also, fishers from a beat above Coldstream and below Kelso again caught fish but mostly coloured and of various sizes but with some fresh fish in amongst their catches. This was with a group of competent regular fishers, so where did all these coloured fish come from? Back to fishing more at home; popular and successful flies are on dressed trebles such as Posh Tosh and Yellow Gledswood. They caught most fish on micro flies including micro Francis and full floating lines with long tapered leaders.
We have not seen a proper run of fish since we saw runs in the Spring, so when did all these fish enter the river. They must have come in on the little rises we had during the Summer, when the river was
generally filthy from Teviot water. The general consensus is that there are very few fresh fish around but the river is stuffed with fish, mostly coloured of varying sizes – but as long as these fish make it to
the headwaters and breed then that's the most important thing.
The highlight of my week was the arrival of a tube here in the store … no not a rod tube, but a poster tube, sent by my dear friend Mike Fitzgerald Jnr co-owner of Frontiers International, the sporting agents. I was fortunate enough to fish Christmas Island many years ago, through the kind invite of another dear friend and fishing partner, Tim Pask. At that time Tim Pask owned a fishing lodge on the Island, from where we fished, Tim now owns the first class Ikari Hose, located on the island. Now, back to the tube! It contained a map/poster of all the Christmas Island flats and was drawn by world famous flats guide Moana Kofe. I first met Moana the legend during my visit, it was such an honour and pleasure to meet such a legend, sadly at the time I did not obtain a copy of Moana's map, however after numerous emails to Mike and Tim, Mike managed to locate a copy for me. This he has very kindly had professionally photocopied and couriered to me here in the store in Kelso. Very sadly Moana passed away last year on Christmas Island. I feel fortunate that I got to meet the great man, but terribly sad that I never managed to wade the wonderful Christmas Island flats with him. Still I can cherish my map as it brings back fond memories of wading the warm tropical waters at Christmas Island, sight casting to its wonderful array of inhabitants; Bonefish, Trevally, Milkfish and Triggerfish.
This then reminds me of the new GT book we have in stock - plus we are currently awaiting a delivery of new Trevally flies to complement our current selection. As for reels suitable to land a giant trevally we offer either a SLL Shilton or Tibor Gulfstream, both proven on the flats of the Seychelles or Christmas Island.
Meanwhile back in the cheery UK, we are just entering Autumn on Tweed and the weather is getting chillier, with a rising river today which will hopefully encourage some fresh silver salmon into our river.
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: