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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 25th May)

Good to see catches improve last week with fish to 20lb being recorded on mostly lower beats although there have been fish caught as far up as Boleside with the milder weather and river temperatures gradually nudging up.
A cracking sea trout of 10lb also caught on Upper Hendersyde, what a beauty! Junction were once again the stars of the week with some 20 fish recorded - well done guys, another good week of catches with no doubt the prospects of more to come in the coming weeks.
If you look at the "your photos" pages you will see a selection of fish caught and safely returned, some really nice fish many of which are licers. Looking good for the week ahead weather wise so I would hope for another improving week of catches. Plenty available fishing if you are lucky enough to escape from work and squeeze a day in on the river.

Douglas Ewart on the Bottom Tweed reports this week

With the exception of Tuesday, when it rose six inches, the river level has been fairly steady or falling. It began the week at 1 ft 3 ins on the Norham gauge and is now hovering around 11ins. We have had just about every type of weather including hail, rain, thunder and bright sunshine but the frequent cloud cover has been a welcome change.
There have been few rods out on some of the beats below Tillmouth which does nothing for the catch statistics, but those who have ventured out have had some success. Ladykirk have had fish almost every day, ending up with seven springers and Milne Graden had three so there are more fish about, its catching them that is the problem.

When I got to Ladykirk on Tuesday morning for example, yes, on the day the river was rising, Matthi, the Head Ghillie, told me that Roger Herbert had caught a fifteen pounder at West Ford the day before, but the river conditions had deteriorated so things could be difficult. Despite this Graham Dove had a heavily sea-liced fish of seven pounds from the Merry Knowes in the morning. On my arrival at West Ford, I saw a fish moving at the head of the pool, so I quickly had my Black and Yellow tube fly swimming across the stream to where I thought it might be. There were a couple of unmistakeable tugs on the line but when I lifted the rod ....... nothing! I am not alone in this, as a number of anglers have had similar experiences over the past few days, but again it indicates that there are fish in the pools and gives us all renewed hope. It is a case for perseverance. Matthi advised me to try spinning for the end of the afternoon and I was rewarded with a very lively ten pounder which he netted for me.

A good ghillie makes a real difference and we are fortunate to have so many on the Tweed. There are still a good number of sea trout about with catches being recorded at Tweedhill and Ladykirk so, with the increasing numbers of salmon being seen running upstream, it is well worth casting a line down here while the river is lower.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 7, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 9, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 9, Upper Hendersyde 13, Junction 20, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 6, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 4, Upper Tindal 2.
Total: 106 Largest: Upper Hendersyde 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 3, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Upper Hendersyde 3, Redscar 1.
Total: 11 Largest: Upper Hendersyde 10lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

See also the charts on our Season so far page

The Tweed season to date has been hard going. Some beats have had a great start and others a poor one. Conditions have been tough for the river. Fish are spread out throughout the system and May should be a good indicator once the river settles after a week of high water.

The season started on the back of, and on going, cold winter. The river conditions were settled but very cold and as a result most of the month stayed like it. Fishing and catches were concentrated around the Kelso beats, where Junction and the Floors beats were the first off the mark and supported most of the catches for the month.

March saw a little of everything, but mostly wind, cold temperatures and Easterly winds. However there was one very good week with 160 + fish being caught. Again most catches were in and around the Kelso area, but beats such as Makerstoun and Birgham had some good days out of the immediate area.

April, was very settled and so was the weather. A heat wave from Easter then led to cooler conditions, but there was almost wall to wall sunshine for three weeks. Catches in these conditions were low, and so were the water levels. The last week saw the weather change, with the wind coming back and then the rain.

May has been designated by the Met Office as "colder and wetter than average" and who are we to disagree with rain, hail, wind and rain alongwith some lovely sunny spells thrown at us this month.

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 8, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1. Total: 96
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Junction 1. Total: 2

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 33, Sprouston 28, Hendersyde 25, Upper Hendersyde 20, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 11, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 11, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 4, Lower Pavilion 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 3. Total: 240
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 2, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 5, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 2, Boleside 1. Total: 19

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 4, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 7, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 9, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 21, Sprouston 25, Hendersyde 12, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 46, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 9, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 7, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 4. Total: 191
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 5, Redscar 1. Total: 15



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