(Last updated: Monday 1st September)
A slower week on Tweedside this week after the last 2 weeks catches were over 200 salmon each week. Falling river heights and a settled forecast had river levels drop back to summer levels and this affected catches on the middle river beats with the low water suiting the Lower river, and the catches reflected this, until rain in the west of the catchment on Friday had levels rising on Tweed and Ettrick and this affected catches on Saturday on the middle river, as the river rose to 1ft 6" at Boleside, with most of this extra water coming down the Ettrick and was heavily peat stained.
I spoke with Colin Pringle, ghillie at Makerstoun and he reported that it was a quiet week on their beats, but one of the two fish reported on Friday, was a lovely fresh fish around 11lbs, and even in the low water, some fish will push upstream.
I spoke with Mr Barry Hartle, who was fishing on Lower Mertoun, as part of Mr Dave Wallace`s party and he managed to hook and land a coloured fish on Wednesday around 12lbs, but this was on a borrowed rod as he managed to break his rod earlier that day, but Ron Holloway came to the rescue and gave him one too use, not only that but he also told him where to fish, where after only a few casts he hooked his fish...!!! Happy Days.
Hopefully next week will see a return in increased catches following Saturdays extra water with fish making there way upriver.
River levels were 6" Steady at Boleside, 8" Steady at Sprouston and 8" steady at Norham.
There were 22 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tillmouth Catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
River levels were down a couple of inches from Monday.
There were 21 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with West Learmouth, catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Lower Birgham reported a 10lb Sea Trout.
There were 10 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported with Tillmouth, Birgham Dub and Rutherford sharing the biggest fish at 9lbs.
River levels were now down to 3" at Boleside, 4" at Sprouston and 6" at Norham. Although levels would rise slightly throughout the day by a couple of inches.
There were 20 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 12lbs.
River levels were to rise slowly by a few inches, with road washings coming in following heavy rain showers in the morning, but this would clear during the day. But the Ettrick and Upper Tweed would continue to
rise in the afternoon and colour up by the evening.
There were 11 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Upper Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.
River levels were 1ft 6" and falling at Boleside, 1ft 4" rising at Sprouston.
and the river was carrying a lot of colour, but this would clear as the day continued, to leave a heavy peat stain.
There were 17 Salmon and 23 Sea Trout reported, with Boleside catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Middle Pavilion reported a 10lb Sea Trout.
Total for the week was 101 Salmon and 34 Sea Trout.
Report due soon.