(Last updated: Monday 27th October)
Surprisingly low catches reported this week on Tweedside, considering it was the third week in October and there were four days of settled river levels.
The total for the week was 220 Salmon and 37 Sea Trout which was down considerably from last week,(442 Salmon and 34 Sea Trout). River Conditions on Monday and Tuesday were far from ideal, with levels rising on Sunday evening on the Teviot, Ettrick and Upper Tweed which affected fishing on Monday, and rain throughout the day on Monday put pay to any fishing on Tuesday, with only one fish reported for the day.
Strong westerly winds also caused problems for the remainder of the week, not only making casting difficult, but we have reached that point in the year where trees lose their leaves, and with the addition of the strong wind, the river started to resemble soup with the amount of leaves coming down, and every other cast would result in a leaf being caught on the fly.
Thursday to Saturday were ideal river conditions with levels steady and water clarity good, with only a slight tinge of colour. A troublesome wind would pick up by the afternoon on each day, Saturday being the worst and this would affect fishing on some of the more exposed beats. Thursday was the best day of the week with catches spread throughout the system, although not many fish were to be seen running through beats. Friday saw similar conditions but more fish were seen, with a number of fresh fish seen and caught on a number of beats. Saturday saw windy conditions once again, but these would increase by the afternoon and a few exposed beats stopped fishing as the wind made casting a fly difficult and dangerous.
I spoke with a few Ghillie's over the weekend, and Tom Davis, head ghillie at Lower Birgham reported "mostly older fish caught this week, but we did have a 6lb fish on Friday with long tailed lice. Most fish were taken on red Franc`n Snealda tubes. The strong winds seemed to put the fish down, and encouraged fish to run through the beat, as we didn't see many. we could do with some frost to slow them down a bit".
I spoke with Craig Walker head ghillie at Sprouston, and he reported a similar story, " We had two fresh fish on Thursday weighing 20lbs and 14lbs but the rest were mostly older fish. The wind on Saturday was terrible and made fishing near impossible. Didn't see many fish this week, quiet for the time of year,"
River levels were rising due to overnight rain and only a handful of beats fished.
There were 15 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported with Lower Makerstoun reporting the biggest fish at 15lbs.
Rising levels again put pay to fishing.
There was 1 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Holylee catching the biggest fish at 10lbs.
River levels were falling and clearing and the majority of beats were fishing. Leaves were to become an issue as the day progressed due to strong westerly winds.
There were 50 Salmon and 14 Sea Trout reported, with Upper Hendersyde and Fairnilee sharing the biggest fish at 21lbs.
Conditions were excellent, but strong winds and leaves would cause problems.
There were 66 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout reported, with Boleside and Fairnilee sharing the biggest fish at 24lbs.
Again good river conditions, but strong wind was still creating problems.
There were 54 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Rutherford catching the biggest fish at 24lbs.
Glenormiston reported a 10lb Sea Trout.
River conditions were good but a strengthening wind would make fishing difficult.
There were 34 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout reported, with Hendersyde catching the biggest fish at 24lbs.
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