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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 20th June)

Good morning all! Today is technically Summer Solstice (first day of Summer), though the rain this morning seems to differ with me! Last week weather wise was grey and overcast, with heavy down pours, turning into light showers, gradually getting less towards Saturday - when we actually saw some sunshine! Yesterday (Sunday) came heavier rain, but nothing has altered the river heights just yet. This coming week the only water currently forecast is for Friday and Saturday afternoons, which could also be susceptible to change (you know how it is!), with sunshine and clouds for the rest of the week. Temperatures are set to stay above 10 degrees all week, and getting up to 18 degrees in parts. We do need a lift in the river, but depsite this, last week was an impressive week considering the elements. Total for the week came to 123 for reporting beats, and the total for the whole season is at 1784. Largest caught was a 15lb-er from Milne Graden. Terry Harper was at the Lees and he had an impressive week with a total of 18! Other top beats were Tillmouth and Tweedhill both with 12 for their weeks. Bob at West Learmouth got one every day (apart from Friday) - well done Bob! Good sign to see beats still regularly catching fish, showing fresh fish are still coming into the river.

There have been reports of good catching at Wooler and Tindal beats for seatrout and Bob at West Learmouth has been swearing by Orange Chernoybl Ants recently! Trout wise, olives and yellow sallies have been the go to flies for the week. Salmon fishers have been using micro coneheads, combined with full floating lines, or dressed trebles (Aurora Cascades with feelers, Silver stoats, Black Sheep) with full floaters and intermediate tips.

If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing charlotte@tweedsidetackle.co.uk , 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 18th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 12, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 10, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 12, West Learmouth 5, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 4, Hendersyde 8, Rutherford 11, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 2, Middle Pavilion 3, BDAA Whiteadder 3, BlueStone 1, Upper Tindal 2.
Total: 92 Largest: Milne Graden 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 5, West Learmouth 1, Birgham Dub 2, Hendersyde 1, Rutherford 1, Drygrange 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 2, Upper Tindal 5, Redscar 6.
Total: 27 Largest: Birgham Dub 8lbs
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:

February
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

March
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

April
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

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 18, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 14, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 52, West Learmouth 10, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 10, Birgham Dub 45, Sprouston 41, Hendersyde 39, 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: 437
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



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