Caledonia Fly Co


Fishing Reports

This week so far

See each day's largest fish and individual beat catches on our Latest catches page which is updated each time a ghillie uses our automatic SMS and internet reporting systems.

Last week

(Last updated: Monday 21st April)

A reasonable week again on Tweedside considering the very bright conditions for the latter half of the week and very clear water conditions, which may be responsible for some of the low catches reported towards the end of the week. Fish are still entering the river but not in any great numbers, and there are still sea liced fish being caught on the middle river which was surprising due to river levels falling away throughout the week. It was good to see that a few bigger fish reported in catches with Junction reporting a 24lb Springer and Boleside a 22lb fish as well.
There were fish reported running through lower and middle river beats, with short periods of fish activity as these small pods of fish were heading up river and fish were hooked and landed/lost during these brief spells.

Monday.

River Levels were showing were 10" and steady at Boleside and 1ft 4" steady at Sprouston, and water clarity was very clear.
There were 19 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported, with Upper Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.

Tuesday.

There were 8 Salmon reported from the river with Junction catching the biggest fish 24lbs.

Wednesday.

Strong winds were to become an issue during the day which made casting difficult
There were 19 Salmon reported with Boleside catching the largest fish at 22lbs.

Thursday.
Again strong winds were still being a nuisance and bright over head conditions would restrict fishing to mornings and late afternoon/evenings.
River levels were down to 1ft at Sprouston and 5" at Boleside.
There were 11 Salmon reported with Rutherford catching the biggest fish at 12lbs.

Friday.

Bright conditions continued to affect fishing activity with a few beats fishing mornings and evenings.
There were 7 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported with Junction catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.

Saturday.

Bright conditions prevailed and again some beats resorted to early morning and early evenings to have a cast with some success.
There were 7 Salmon reported with Lower Birgham catching the biggest fish at 9lbs..

Total for the week was 71 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout.

Iain Wilson.
Borders Gunroom.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 19th April)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 6, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 10, Hendersyde 8, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 18, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 2, Boleside 6.
Total: 71 Largest: Junction 24lbs
SEA TROUT: Tillmouth 1, BlueStone 2.
Total: 3 Largest: BlueStone 2lbs
TROUT: None reported




Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

2014 reports will appear here shortly



Last Season

The River Tweed Commission released its figures for the river as a whole in early March 2014 at their AGM and reported as follows.

Salmon
20,316 salmon were reported caught in 2013 (14,556 in 2012) of which 5,522 (1,371) were caught by nets and 14,794 (13,185) by rod and line. 75%, 11,110 fish, of the total rod catch was returned (65%, 2012). The rod catch was higher than that of 2012 and although slightly below the five year average, there are still only four years on record with a higher catch. Spring Salmon were caught in all the months to June, April having the largest rod catch. Most Salmon were, as usual, caught in the Autumn with very significant catches being made in the Upper River where the catch was above its five year average. Other parts of the River, including the tributaries, had catches slightly below their average.

More fish over 25lbs were caught than in recent years. Very large fish have been regularly recorded by the nets and by The Tweed Foundation in their fish counters but few have appeared in the rod catches. In this respect 2013 was different, perhaps indicating a larger proportion of these fish returning to spawn.

Sea-Trout
4,608 Sea-trout were reported caught in the 2013 season (3,314 in 2012), of which 3,157 (1,162) were by net and 1,451 (2,152) by rod. The Sea-trout rod catch was less than in recent years but this was almost certainly due to low water flows. Whilst catches are normally around June, this year they increased steadily through the year and peaked in October.

The full text of the RTC annual report can be seen by going to their website