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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 23rd March)

Week ending the 22 March
What a week that was and great to see things really starting got hot up on the Tweed.

The Tweed took top honours compared to the other big salmon rivers last week with an impressive count of around 160 Spring salmon. It reminds of that great 80's track “this is how we do it”!!.

The levels for the first half of the week suited beats above Coldstream our lower Tweed reporter Doug Ewart had this to say.

"The week began with the gauge at Norham showing the river running at just over 3ft above summer level which is not ideal for this end of the river. There has been a steady drop over the week and it is now down to 1ft 6ins so prospects for next week are looking more promising. Despite the conditions at the beginning of the week, there were anglers out on Ladykirk every day and, although nothing was landed, there were reports of fish being hooked and lost on Monday. Brian Palmer tells me that he is hoping to make a start at Tweedhill next week".

But it was all go from Monday all week!!!!

Sprouston had 8 fish for the day and 5 before Lunch and opposite Messers Reid and England at Hendersyde were trying to level the score but had four the the day!!, The battle royal carried on into Tuesday where Sprouston took four and Hendersyde 2, but the scores went in favour of Sprouston for the week with 16 fish caught and returned.

Upper North Wark with ghillie Tam had a couple of fish caught by Mike Graham for the week and the higher water levels would have suited the beat from the start to the middle of the week.

Rod Scott took the first fish of the season on Bluestone on Monday at the Tall Trees pool and fish were seen in the early part of the week with the higher water, it was in good condition and weighed between 4-5lb.

Birgham Dub, Junction, Lower and Upper Makerstoun had a good week with Mr Jim Morrison taking a 12 fish count off Junction able assisted by Graham Thomas with a minimum of four fish!! What a week for the rods on Junction!!!

Dryburgh, Rutherford and Boleside also took fish during the week and the Dr Samantha Datta had a nice fish off Rutherford on Saturday, landed my Micheal Farr.

Dryburgh lower had some great sport with more fish being lost that caught but some great footage from Nicholas Munro Ferguson whom has very kindly let us shared his video on Fish Tweed Facebook page

There were some nice fish caught during the week, the biggest I heard of being 22lb followed by and 19lb, 18lb, downwards.

The settled conditions after the weekend storms really helped the river settle back into a good fishing state and the river rewarded.

The day temperatures have mainly remained in single figures during the week but the nights were pretty much frost free, but the water temp has rising to the 5-6'celcius mark with for many is spot on for fishing.

The week ahead offers two events well worth attending.

Firstly on Wedenesday night we have
The Tweed Foundation is holding a FREE seminar focussing on all aspects of Tweed Salmon: what happens to these incredible fish during their life cycle as they make their way up and down our river system each year. Spawning, Tweed Salmon at Sea, Catches, and Trends in size and age will be some of the topics covered during the evening by our speakers.
The event is FREE, and will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 25th March 2015 in the Ednam House Hotel, Kelso. All are welcome to attend.

This will be followed by the FishPal Malloch Trophy presentation to the new trophy winner where CEO Mark Cockburn will be handing out the prizes. The cracking 33lb fish caught on Hendersyde by Wayne Longstaff under the expert guidance of boatman, John (Ketch) Ketchingham.

On Friday there is an open day at Middle Pavilion hosted by the resident ghillie Mick Charlton to show anglers his beat and what it has to offer during the season. Fishpal'ss Anne Woodcock will also be attending to assist Mick. If you would like to join Mick then please call him on 07932 105544 or Anne Woodcock at FishPal on 01573 470612. There will be a small charge of £10 per session which includes lunch.

So a great week ahead of the clocks going forward this weekend and if you haven't yet got yourself booked onto the Tweed then now is surely the time to do it - so much affordable fishing to be had it seems a shame not to get out on the river! Give me a ring if you need any help and advice on where you might want to fish, only to happy to help.

Tight lines!

Tom Carter

Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 3, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 31, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 1.
Total: 114 Largest: Lower Makerstoun 22lbs
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Junction 2, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 1.
Total: 6 Largest: Junction 6lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.

This Season so far

Much more settled week for fishing with the water levels dropping all week, but really only getting good for the lower Tweed beats from Friday into the weekend.
(week ending 21st March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 3, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 31, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 1.
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Junction 2, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 1.

Less Wind and a lot more water. Monday/Tuesday high. Wednesday the best day of the week. Friday flooded Saturday very high/coloured.
(week ending 14th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 4, Dryburgh Lower 2, Lower Pavilion 1. Biggest 12lb.
SEA TROUT: Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 2.

Another mixed week of high water and high winds (week ending 7th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 1, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 10, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 4, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 13, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Lower Pavilion 1.
Total: 42 Largest: Hendersyde & Junction 16lbs
SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1.
Largest: Upper Hendersyde 6lbs

With a more unsettled weather during the week 25 Feb, fishing was very limited. Wind, rain sleet and snow, and high water from Thursday to the end of the week.
SALMON & GRILSE: Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 3, Junction 5, Rutherford 1.(14lbs)
SEA TROUT: Junction 1. 6lbs

Week quite settled but water level and temp up and down from 2Cel upto 6Cel.
Catches week of 16 Feb.
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1.

Catches Week of the 9 Febuary, water and conditions very cold, river around 2.5'c.
Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 13, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 2.

Week of the 2 Febuary 2015Water levels good and clear, water temp just over 2'c. weather settled.
Sprouston 2 Salmon. Hendersyde 3 Salmon, Junction beat 33 Salmon.
Lower Makertstoun 1 Salmon.

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, and this year's AGM will be held 9.30am to 10am on Monday, 2nd March 2015 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