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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 26th September)

Well here we are in mid-September, low clear water, very few fresh fish around - not what one would expect after the 6' flood earlier in the month. Some beats are reporting a few fresh fish but not in great numbers. Fishers this week from a non-reporting beat below Coldstream caught numerous fish of varying sizes but mostly coloured. Also, fishers from a beat above Coldstream and below Kelso again caught fish but mostly coloured and of various sizes but with some fresh fish in amongst their catches. This was with a group of competent regular fishers, so where did all these coloured fish come from? Back to fishing more at home; popular and successful flies are on dressed trebles such as Posh Tosh and Yellow Gledswood. They caught most fish on micro flies including micro Francis and full floating lines with long tapered leaders.

We have not seen a proper run of fish since we saw runs in the Spring, so when did all these fish enter the river. They must have come in on the little rises we had during the Summer, when the river was generally filthy from Teviot water. The general consensus is that there are very few fresh fish around but the river is stuffed with fish, mostly coloured of varying sizes – but as long as these fish make it to the headwaters and breed then that's the most important thing.
The highlight of my week was the arrival of a tube here in the store … no not a rod tube, but a poster tube, sent by my dear friend Mike Fitzgerald Jnr co-owner of Frontiers International, the sporting agents. I was fortunate enough to fish Christmas Island many years ago, through the kind invite of another dear friend and fishing partner, Tim Pask. At that time Tim Pask owned a fishing lodge on the Island, from where we fished, Tim now owns the first class Ikari Hose, located on the island. Now, back to the tube! It contained a map/poster of all the Christmas Island flats and was drawn by world famous flats guide Moana Kofe. I first met Moana the legend during my visit, it was such an honour and pleasure to meet such a legend, sadly at the time I did not obtain a copy of Moana's map, however after numerous emails to Mike and Tim, Mike managed to locate a copy for me. This he has very kindly had professionally photocopied and couriered to me here in the store in Kelso. Very sadly Moana passed away last year on Christmas Island. I feel fortunate that I got to meet the great man, but terribly sad that I never managed to wade the wonderful Christmas Island flats with him. Still I can cherish my map as it brings back fond memories of wading the warm tropical waters at Christmas Island, sight casting to its wonderful array of inhabitants; Bonefish, Trevally, Milkfish and Triggerfish.

This then reminds me of the new GT book we have in stock - plus we are currently awaiting a delivery of new Trevally flies to complement our current selection. As for reels suitable to land a giant trevally we offer either a SLL Shilton or Tibor Gulfstream, both proven on the flats of the Seychelles or Christmas Island.

Meanwhile back in the cheery UK, we are just entering Autumn on Tweed and the weather is getting chillier, with a rising river today which will hopefully encourage some fresh silver salmon into our river.

If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing , tel 01573 225306 or pop into our new shop in Kelso - 13 Bridge Street - for a chat or if you have time a cup of tea/coffee! 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 24th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 5, Ladykirk Lower 7, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 6, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 15, West Learmouth 6, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 17, Hendersyde 15, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 10, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 4, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 2, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 10, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 2, Cardrona 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2.
Total: 153 Largest: Milne Graden 16lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk Lower 1, Tillmouth 2, Hendersyde 2, Lower Pavilion 1.
Total: 7 Largest: Tillmouth 12lbs
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 11, Hendersyde 19, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 21, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 2, Dryburgh Lower 2. Total: 79
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 40, Hendersyde 27, 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: 231
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 37, Hendersyde 24, 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: 307
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

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 18, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 14, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 52, West Learmouth 10, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 11, Birgham Dub 45, Sprouston 53, Hendersyde 38, Upper Hendersyde 15, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 9, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 19, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 10, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 7, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 26, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 1, BDAA Whiteadder 13, BlueStone 10. Total: 449
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 6, Lower Birgham 2, Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 1, Fairnilee 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 8, Upper Tindal 5, Redscar 8. Total: 44

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 28, Horncliffe 6, Pedwell 6, Ladykirk 25, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 50, West Learmouth 24, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 31, Sprouston 58, Hendersyde 34, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 27, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 18, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 5, Tweedswood 2, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 8, Boleside 5, BDAA Whiteadder 7, BlueStone 1, Lower Tindal 1, Upper Tindal 2, Redscar 1. Total: 368
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 4, Milne Graden 12, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 3, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 9, Hendersyde 2, Junction 1, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Drygrange 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 21, Upper Tindal 15, Redscar 19. Total: 125

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 22, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 23, The Boathouse and Canny 4, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 68, West Learmouth 25, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 9, Birgham Dub 39, Sprouston 29, Hendersyde 34, Upper Hendersyde 9, Junction 18, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 8, Rutherford 8, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 9, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 8, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 19, Fairnilee 1, Nest 2, Ashiestiel 2, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 1, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 2, Redscar 1, Monteviot 2. Total: 385
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 4, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 14, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 24, West Learmouth 6, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 13, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 7, Junction 20, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 6, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 1, Drygrange 9, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 7, Sunderland Hall 2, Tiptoe 4, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 10, Flodden 2, Redscar 7, Monteviot 1. Total: 201

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 27, Horncliffe 18, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 5, Ladykirk 36, The Boathouse and Canny 10, Milne Graden 21, Tillmouth 84, West Learmouth 51, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 22, Birgham Dub 56, Sprouston 66, Hendersyde 44, Upper Hendersyde 22, Junction 49, Lower Makerstoun 12, Upper Makerstoun 19, Rutherford 33, Dryburgh Lower 9, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 18, Tweedswood 9, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 14, Boleside 18, Sunderland Hall 1, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 5, BlueStone 3, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 2, Redscar 2. Total: 675
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 9, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 4, Tillmouth 3, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 4, Sprouston 7, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 6, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 16, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 2, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 7, Ashiestiel 4, Lower Tindal 7, Upper Tindal 3, Redscar 1, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 114

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