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(Last updated: Monday 1st February)
Well here we are, bright eyed and bushy tailed on the 1st of February! Opening day here on Tweed, though sadly the river is not playing ball, she was up, up and rising this morning and is a milk chocolate colour! We've had a few people in our shop who plan to attempt the conditions this week, and good luck to them! The river has been up virtually flooded all winter, so bad infact that Junction lost their hut including the flooring! We have also seen extensive flooding on Teviot and Till beats causing considerable damage in the surrounding areas. Forecasts for his week predict wind, more rain and maybe a little sun in there too.
As per every year, for all of you up for the opening of Tweed, we're having drinks and nibbles from 4.30pm onwards if anyone would like to get out of the cold and dry off. We will also still be presenting our Tweedside Tackle trophy for the first fresh springer of the river, whether that will be today, tomorrow, the next day... or even next week! Keep checking our facebook page for updates.
Some Tweedside Tackle Tips for those of you planning to try and get out onto the river, use something bright for coloured water (oranges and yellows) to grab the fish' attention, sinking lines with short leaders to control the fly and help get it down in the heavier water. Be careful if wading when the water is so high, and keep an eye out for debris coming down the river (though with such high water levels around today I doubt that many will be wading). The guys from Fisckebloggen.se are over fishing Floors and The Lees this week, they already say that the winds are causing them a little bother! Temperatures don't seem to be dropping below 3 or 4 degrees this week, but with the wind and rain you'll certainly be feeling the cold, so wrap up warm and waterproof folks!
If anyone would like to let us know about their catches during the week, we love to hear about them! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org , tel 01573 228500, or pop into our shop in Kelso for a chat! Wishing everyone a great week fishing and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team!
To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: