Fishing Reports

This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 2nd May)

Fishers battled the elements having many seasons in one week, including a bit of sunshine, sleet, hail and a good falling of snow, as always accompanied by a gale force bitterly cold NE wind. The river in general remained low and steady until it rose and coloured at the very end of the week. Good to see a few fish being caught in some lower beats, Tillmouth with 8 for the week, Ladykirk got 3, good to see Malcolm at The Lees got 4 last week against the element too. Top beats include Birgham Dub (10) including a 24lb-er! Junction (14), Upper Floors (14) & Lower Floors (10). Andy Britton had a good few on Upper Floors catching fish everyday, great spring fishing! The total for the week came to 100, from the recording beats, and if my calculations are correct, the running total since the beginning of the season (for the whole river from reporting beats) comes to 889!

Trout fishing remains very slow due to weather conditions, there has been a couple of hatches of march browns and iron blues, hopefully with an improvement of the weather conditions we should start to see more hatches and likewise rises. The most successful salmon tactics have been an intermediate line with a small copper tube silver sheep and Roxburghe castle, with the most successful methods, however if you wish to get the fly down a little deeper a 10' tip can be added to the intermediate line.

Weather for the week for the borders is for a wet start for most with some heavy rain in parts, but brighter conditions to follow through until Saturday, which will see some rain in the afternoon. Temperatures will be in and around 10 degrees, but might feel a few degrees colder, along with some strong south westerly winds in places at the beginnging of the week. All in all a better forecast than last week, I think we're all still getting over the shock of snow!

For those of you who have not been informed about our imminent move, Tweedside Tackle is moving! We will be relocating to 13 Bridge Street, only across the street, to the corner building before turning into the Ednam House. Our opening date in the new premises is Monday 30th May, with nibbles and prosecco to toast our new location & welcome you all! We will also be having a re-location sale from now onwards! We will be keeping our facebook page up to date with posts and some competitions - go give us a like!

If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing , tel 01573 228500 or pop into our shop in Kelso for a chat! Wishing everyone a great week on the river and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team for another week!

Beat catches reported
(week ending 30th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 3, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 8, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 10, Sprouston 2, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 2, Bemersyde 3, Boleside 1.
Total: 54 Largest: Birgham Dub 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Tillmouth 2, Hendersyde 1, Lower Tindal 1.
Total: 4 Largest: Tillmouth 7lbs
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

To be updated soon.

Catches reported to us were:

SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 10, Sprouston 10, Hendersyde 19, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 21, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 2, Dryburgh Lower 2. Total: 78
SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1. Total: 1

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 4, Tillmouth 10, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 8, Lower Birgham 14, Birgham Dub 34, Sprouston 38, Hendersyde 24, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 4, Middle Pavilion 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, BlueStone 3, Redscar 1, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 226
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Junction 1. Total: 4

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 3, Ladykirk 5, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 7, Lower Birgham 14, Birgham Dub 32, Sprouston 35, Hendersyde 23, Upper Hendersyde 16, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 15, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 5, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 3, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 8, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 13. Total: 304
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 2, Upper North Wark 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 1, BlueStone 3, Lower Tindal 2, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 2. Total: 16

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