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(Last updated: Monday 25th September)
River Tweed River Report Week Ending 23rd September
Unsettled water seems to be the regular phrase this season with another week with 2 lifts in the levels followed by a few days of grubby dark water. Old fish continue to be seen in most beats with some reports of fresh fish been seen but running with their heads down. With the recent rises the fish are pushing towards the upper river with the bulk of the weekly catch just now been caught above Kelso.
Mr Nick Bateman fishing on Middle Pavilion landed 2 fish on Monday and followed them up with an 18lb fish from the Boat Sheil on Wednesday.
296 Salmon and 27 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 25lb Salmon caught on the Fairnilee Beat.
Above Kelso 118 Salmon were reported with the best of the catches made on the Mertoun Beats 17, Rutherford 12, Makerstoun Beats 7, Upper Floors 14 & Lower Floors with 10.
Bemersyde Head Ghillie Mr Ian Farr reports "Where are all the fresh fish? Just old fish here"
Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports "6 for the week, a fresh one would be nice"
Between Kelso and Coldstream 115 Salmon were reported with Junction 16, Upper Hendersyde 7, Hendersyde 9, Sprouston 13, Birgham Dub 14, Lower North Wark 13, South Wark 10, West Learmouth 15 & Lees 14 having the better of the fishing.
Upper Hendersyde Head Boatman Mr Robert Jewels reports "Good and bad lost a few fish at the start of the week. Friday was difficult in coloured water. Ended the week with 7 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout, all coloured (Returned) Highlight was Mr Charlie Sabel landing his first ever salmon on Saturday morning then followed it up with 2 Sea Trout"
Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "Another frustrating week of fishing unsettles water. We managed 9 for the week but unfortunately nothing fresh. Have been seeing the odd fresh fish but they've got the heads down"
On Upper North Wark, A very frustrating week saw a few fish on the move after the rises Monday and Friday but very quiet in between. Good effort from the rods with no reward.
Mr Douglas Aitken fishing at Cornhill reports "A very enjoyable time spent at Cornhill on Tweed. Both Brendan and Tam try so hard to make the day the best it can be it's hard to fish when you are laughing so hard in the boat! River was up and down and running a lot of colour which made it tricky at best! We managed to find one silver tourist"
Below Coldstream 33 Salmon were landed with the best of the catches coming from Tillmouth 7 and Ladykirk Beats with 11.
Milne Graden Head Boatman Mr Kevin Wright reports "5th cast on Monday morning we landed a 20lbwe, lost 2 in the afternoon. Lost 1 on Tuesday and got an old hen fish mid-week"
Ladykirk Head Ghillie Mr Matthi Viethen reports "Finished the week with 11 up to 18lb (fresh hen, landed 200m downstream (well done James & Iain) and returned), and 5 & 6lb freshish sea trout. Managed to lose 5 too on Saturday, including big coloured fish (broken), and 8lb fresh."
On the tributaries, the main beats on the Till were quieter this week with Lower Tindal 1 and Redscar and Upper Tindal 1.
Mr David Cowan of Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary reports" Whiteadder started the week with a ft above normal tinted by the Blackadder and in perfect condition. That resulted in 5 salmon for Monday and as the water dropped away we had 1 salmon for Tuesday, 2 for Wednesday, 1 for Thursday and 1 on Friday. Levels back down to 6 inches to start next week but still peaty and in good condition."
The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft and the water temperature is 51.
Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would suggest Upper Hendersyde and Lower Birgham beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.
The forecast this coming week looks rather unsettled with some rain forecast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with mostly wind coming from the south east.
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Season So Far catches
Total catch last week: 296 Salmon 27 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 4,449 Salmon and 1,515 Sea Trout
As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 25lb Bemersyde & Fairnilee)
(Biggest Sea Trout 15lb Bemersyde)
To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: