(Last updated: Monday 10th March)
Finally a near settled week weather wise and steady river levels helped with the increase in catches, with a number of beats having a good week and fish being reported as far as Boleside and Lower Pavilion. Unfortunately heavy rain in the west of the catchment on Thursday evening had river levels rising and the river was in a spate condition on Friday and unfishable. Levels dropped on Saturday and was clearing above Kelso but the Teviot was still carrying colour and would affect beats below Kelso.
I spoke with Mr Paul Beasley on Friday morning whilst he was unable to fish at Lower Pavilion due to high river levels, and he told me of the 11lb Springer he caught there the day previous in Generals and on the fly too. He said it was in super condition and was very fresh.
I also had a message from Mr Rae Borras who was fishing at Upper Hendersyde Friday/Saturday and he managed to catch a 14lb Spring salmon there on Saturday, which considering the river conditions was a great achievement and shows that his perseverance paid off.
I also managed to get in on the action this week by fishing at Junction on Thursday and managed to hook and land 3 Springers weighing 6lbs,6lbs and 13lbs. The two smaller fish were taken on the Fly (Teviot and Rosebank) and the bigger fish was taken on an XRAP in the top of Hempseedford. I also managed to lose two other fish that after a short tussle threw the hook after jumping, both fish were into double figures and all the fish were very fresh. The beat finished with 7 for the day and all fish were bars of Silver, but not liced. I was told that there were Sea Liced fish taken on beats above Kelso, although I did not see any signs of running fish.
River levels were high and coloured following overnight rain. Levels at Boleside were 3ft and 4ft at Sprouston and Teviot was 3ft 10".
There was only one fish reported from the river and it weighed 9lbs and was caught at Lower Pavilion.
River levels had dropped and the river was clearing, but still coloured. Levels were 2ft at Boleside and 3ft at Sprouston.
There were 12 Salmon reported from the river, with Upper Hendersyde catching the largest fish at 15lbs.
River conditions were ideal for middle river beats and levels were still falling.
Boleside was showing 1ft10" and Sprouston 2ft 3".
There were 7 salmon reported from the river, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.
River levels were steady and river clarity was good, with a slight tinge of colour.
There were 12 salmon and 2 Sea trout reported from the river, with Lower Pavilion catching the biggest fish at 11lbs.
River levels were rising due to heavy overnight rain and the river was in a spate condition and very coloured. Levels were 3ft2" at Sprouston, 2ft 8" at Boleside and the Teviot at Roxburgh was 4ft 2".
There was a Sea Trout of 8lbs reported from Redscar on the River Till.
River levels were falling but was still carrying a lot of colour and this affected catches with only one Salmon reported from Upper Hendersyde and weighed 14lbs.
Total for the week were 33 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout.
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