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(Last updated: Monday 13th April)
Easter week bought some great weather for those on holiday and rarely have we had such a week will almost wall to wall sunshine.
The beaches were busy with families enjoying a well deserved break, but this did not bode well for the hard working salmon anglers who frequent the river at this time.
The river produces just over 60 fish for the week and catches from the tidal beats right upto Boleside.
Doug Ewart reports, on the Lower Tweed beats
We started the week with optimism here on the "Bottom Tweed" beats as the river on Monday was down to 1ft 7ins on the Norham gauge and falling. It continued to fall throughout the week in the warm, dry weather and ended up at 1ft 1ins which is better for the low water beats which predominate at this end of the river. Things didn't quite work out however, as only Horncliffe on Tuesday and Ladykirk on Saturday managed to land one springer each. I was out fishing Ladykirk myself on Tuesday and chatted with Matthi Viethen (Head Ghillie) before starting. He informed me that the water temperature was up to 51 degrees and reassured me that the flies I had selected (Wullie Gunn and Black and Yellow tubes) were worth trying. He gave sound advice on line selection (slow sink tip) and pointed out precisely where fish had already been taken this year and with that knowledge, I was off. Like many others, I didn't catch anything or see a fish but that doesn't mean there weren't any there. On Friday I ventured upstream to South Wark where I fished with Richard Farr (ghillie). He again put me right on the best set up for this particular beat at this height of water i.e. intermediate line with the same fly patterns but this time on dressed trebles. We fished in bright sunshine with a light breeze from a direction which actually helped casting; a real bonus for me. Again we had no success but I thoroughly enjoyed being out on the river in such beautiful surroundings and we saw a number of magnificent silver springers jumping or head and tailing on their way upstream through the Willows Pool. My experience so far this season has just reinforced my belief that we are lucky not only to be able to fish this fantastic river, but to have the expertise and advice from real experts who are always anxious to maximise the angler's chances of success... Thanks Matthi and Richard!
The fish catches for the week with the water levels dropping were congregated mainly around the Kelso area. Sprouston, Junction and beats just above seeing the majority of the action.
Alex Scott has two cracking fish from two different beats on his trip. The first off Boleside a 7 lb Hen Salmon in the Garden Back Pool on the 6th April followed by 15lbs Springer caught on the 7th April at Upper Middle Merton Upper Webbs Pool on a Monkey Conehead. Well done that man!!
Dan Elwood and co fishing Sprouston at the tail end of the week had four fish between them. Two 10lbr's on Friday, and also lost fish as well. Conditions on Saturday were not good and the wind really got up!!. The most successful fishing time was fishing into the late afternoon/early evening once the sun has come off the water.
Mick at Middle Pavillion took a fish during the week and mentioned that the fish on his beat were more active first thing in the morning prior to the sun getting onto his pools and as a result had morning success. Robert Cranfield was one of his anglers who tempted fish to his fly and great to see the beat kicking things off.
All in all a difficult week with the very bright sunshine, however fish were there for the taking, but a lot of effort had to be endured for the salmon to give themselves up.
Andrew lee held an open day event on the Bluestone Beat of the Whiteadder and the day was summed up as follows by Fishpal's Anne Woodcock who was helping support the event.
Good to be out chasing salmon said the guests who came along to Bluestone beats opening day on Saturday. The guests had the chance to fish this intimate stretch of 2 miles of prime salmon fishing on the Tweed tributary Whiteadder for free. Fish were seen by the rods, but with a bitter downstream wind casting for them at times was tricky. The welcome sight of hot coffee and bacon/sausage rolls at the hut at lunchtime and friendly fishing & Grand National banter refreshed everyone for the afternoon session. Two rods had their line pulled but sadly nothing stuck.
Sunday I visited Coldingham Loch and enjoyed a days trout fishing from a boat on this super loch. The highlight of her day was seeing “Ginger” Tweedhill's Boatman Brian Palmer catching 17 trout and meeting
up with other Tweed Boatman who all agreed it's one of the best trout fisheries in the borders.
As Doug mentioned in his report, make sure you have plenty of fishing line options and flies with you, as each beat fishes differently on differing heights and temperatures of water. This will certainly aid you in getting a better chance of connecting with a prized Tweed spring salmon.
Tight LInes Tom C
The river endured bright sunshine pretty much all week with temperatures from the mid to late teens. Saturday was much cooler but very gusty. River levels steady but dropping.
week ending 11th April
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 1, West Learmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 9, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 3, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 1. SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1
A cold and windy start to the week, but a much stronger finish with warm tempertures and very fresh salmon and seatrout begiing to arrive,
week ending 4th April
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 3, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 5, Sprouston 15, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 16, Lower Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 2, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, BlueStone 1.
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 4, Dryburgh Lower 1.
A quieter week on the river with the temperature falling during the week and most beats finishing early on Saturday with the river becoming unfishable with water/snow melt. Water dropped during the week to allow
the bottom beats to start fishing.
(week ending 28th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 3, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 7, Sprouston 4, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 5, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 3, Bemersyde 4, Lower Pavilion 1, BlueStone 1. SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 2.
Much more settled week for fishing with the water levels dropping all week, but really only getting good for the lower Tweed beats from Friday into the weekend.
(week ending 21st March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 3, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 31, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 1.
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Junction 2, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 1.
Less Wind and a lot more water. Monday/Tuesday high. Wednesday the best day of the week. Friday flooded Saturday very high/coloured.
(week ending 14th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 4, Dryburgh Lower 2, Lower Pavilion 1. Biggest 12lb. SEA TROUT: Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 2.
Another mixed week of high water and high winds (week ending 7th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 1, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 10, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 4, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 13, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Lower Pavilion 1. SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1.
With a more unsettled weather during the week 25 Feb, fishing was very limited. Wind, rain sleet and snow, and high water from Thursday to the end of the week.
SALMON & GRILSE: Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 3, Junction 5, Rutherford 1.(14lbs) SEA TROUT: Junction 1. 6lbs
Week quite settled but water level and temp up and down from 2Cel upto 6Cel.
Catches week of 16 Feb.
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1.
Catches Week of the 9 Febuary, water and conditions very cold, river around 2.5'c.
Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 13, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 2.
Week of the 2 Febuary 2015Water levels good and clear, water temp just over 2'c. weather settled.
Sprouston 2 Salmon. Hendersyde 3 Salmon, Junction beat 33 Salmon. Lower Makertstoun 1 Salmon.