(Last updated: Monday 20th October)
Iain's away this week, so I'm afraid a substitute reporter this week.
At last some great conditions to keep October looking good overall after such difficult times in recent months. Fish were being caught from top to bottom but still favouring lower beats as river levels fell back. The rain certainly livened things up with both fresh and resident fish coming to the fly.
Fish have been seen running and resting which after a long summer, always helps to get the blood flowing. Some fantastic individual days on beats last week with Junction doing well all week. Boleside had a good week and a bumper Tuesday with some 16 salmon caught. Birgham Dub too had a decent week and many other beats had good individual days. Good to see some of the upper beats starting to get in amongst the action too.
There were some cracking fish around this week with fish reported above 30lb and a stories of a number of fish lost that were equally as large.
The blustery weather has brought some difficult conditions and those frustrating leaves to contend with but the week ahead brings fresh optimism with anglers out in good numbers up and down the river.
A reminder to all anglers, don't forget to give your ghillie a ring before you set off on your travels. They will give you an early heads up on conditions and importantly, what to bring with you to make your days successful. Recent conversations would suggest that this simple courtesy has been missing recently on some beats - so pick up the phone and give your ghillie a ring, you know it makes sense.
And lastly, we have introduced a competition that is all about telling us the story of your great capture as we head towards the end of the season. The capture must have been on the fly and safely returned, a huge thank you to Scott Mackenzie who is sponsoring the competition and put a Mackenzie rod up for grabs for the winner. The link to the competition can be found here at this page
We had a message this week from Mr Mitchell, if any one has found the net then please get in touch with us.
On Tuesday 14th October I was fishing the Ravenswood beat, and didn't notice my new Mclean 27*25in net floating away as I was (successfully) resuscitating a coloured hen fish. It was a retirement present from a patient, being his GP for 28 years, and only bought from Farlows on the 9th, so much sentimental value. If found, something delicious from the Wine Society absolutely guaranteed!
The details of the events of the week are noted below for you to digest, some cracking days as I said earlier and hopefully more to come in the week ahead.
With settling river levels showing 9" at Peebles, 4" at Boleside, 1ft 5" at Sprouston and 1ft 9" at Norham. There were 103 Salmon and 11 Sea Trout reported, with Upper North Wark reporting the biggest fish at a whopping 35lbs! The gentleman concerned did not photograph the fish, wanting to return it to the water as quickly as possible, although it was verified by the gillie.
River levels were continuing to settle and showing 8" at Peebles, 9" at Boleside, 1ft 3" at Sprouston and 1ft 7" at Norham. There were 105 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 19lbs,
River levels were still falling and clearing showing 7" at Peebles, 8" at Boleside, 1ft 2" at Sprouston and 1ft 5" at Norham.
There were 96 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 22lbs.
River levels were steady and showing 7" at Peebles, 8" at Boleside, 1ft 0" at Sprouston and 1ft 4" at Norham.
There were 70 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Upper Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 24lbs.
River levels were showing 8" at Boleside, 1ft 1" at Sprouston and 1ft 3" at Norham.
There were 54 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Dryburgh Lower catching the biggest fish at 30lbs.
River levels were rising after rain in the west and blustery windy showers made life difficult and with the morning levels showing 10" at Boleside, 1ft 1" at Sprouston and 1ft 5" at Norham, conditions were not good for fishing through the day, with some beats having to call an early stop.
There were 13 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Upper North Wark and Junction each reporting the biggest fish at 20lbs.
An end of season report will be listed.