(Last updated: Monday 15th September)
There was an Autumnal feel to Tweedside this week, with a misty/foggy start to some mornings and cooler overnight temperatures and the leaves starting to turn on the trees.
This weeks catches were very similar to last weeks with 176 Salmon and 17 Sea Trout reported, (last week 177 Salmon and 10 Sea Trout).
Catches were spread from Boleside down to Tweedhill with some of these fish that were caught in the middle river were carrying sea lice. The low river levels suit the beats on the Lower river and the bulk of the fish reported were caught in this area, with Tillmouth leading the way with 26 Salmon reported for the week. Birgham Dub had a few this week and interesting to see that Rutherford also had a number of fish during the earlier part of the week, but as the river levels fell away a few inches over the week, so did the catches on this beat.
I heard reports of small pods of small bright fish moving through some of the beats in the Kelso area during Wednesday and Thursday, and beats as far as Melrose picked up some of these fish during these days, but there was also some older river fish being caught as well. It goes to show that even with low river levels, there are still fish willing to push upriver.
Floating lines and inter/slow sinking tips and small sparsely tied flies or Coneheads seemed to be the successful method.
River levels were 7" Steady Boleside, 7" Steady Sprouston and 8" steady at Norham.
There were 51 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 20lbs.
There were 35 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Pedwell catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.
There were 20 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Milne Graden catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.
There were 26 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Lower Dryburgh catching the biggest fish at 17lbs..
River levels were down a couple of inches from Mondays levels.
There were 24 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 16lbs..
There were 20 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 20lbs.
Most of the Sea Trout reported this week were in the 3-4lb range.
Report due soon.