Caledonia Fly Co


Fishing Reports

This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 1st February)

Well here we are, bright eyed and bushy tailed on the 1st of February! Opening day here on Tweed, though sadly the river is not playing ball, she was up, up and rising this morning and is a milk chocolate colour! We've had a few people in our shop who plan to attempt the conditions this week, and good luck to them! The river has been up virtually flooded all winter, so bad infact that Junction lost their hut including the flooring! We have also seen extensive flooding on Teviot and Till beats causing considerable damage in the surrounding areas. Forecasts for his week predict wind, more rain and maybe a little sun in there too.

As per every year, for all of you up for the opening of Tweed, we're having drinks and nibbles from 4.30pm onwards if anyone would like to get out of the cold and dry off. We will also still be presenting our Tweedside Tackle trophy for the first fresh springer of the river, whether that will be today, tomorrow, the next day... or even next week! Keep checking our facebook page for updates.

Some Tweedside Tackle Tips for those of you planning to try and get out onto the river, use something bright for coloured water (oranges and yellows) to grab the fish' attention, sinking lines with short leaders to control the fly and help get it down in the heavier water. Be careful if wading when the water is so high, and keep an eye out for debris coming down the river (though with such high water levels around today I doubt that many will be wading). The guys from Fisckebloggen.se are over fishing Floors and The Lees this week, they already say that the winds are causing them a little bother! Temperatures don't seem to be dropping below 3 or 4 degrees this week, but with the wind and rain you'll certainly be feeling the cold, so wrap up warm and waterproof folks!

If anyone would like to let us know about their catches during the week, we love to hear about them! Please email charlotte@tweedsidetackle.co.uk , tel 01573 228500, or pop into our shop in Kelso for a chat! Wishing everyone a great week fishing and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team!


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:



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