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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 30th May)

Well it's finally here! Our official opening is today, after a month of hard work, sweat and a few almost-tears, we are in our new location (just across the road at 13 Bridge Street, the corner building before turning in the Ednam House). We've got plenty of more visual merchandising to do, so please excuse a few boxes on the floor when you come to visit, but for now we are having a well-deserved glass of prosecco! Last week proved another good Spring week on Tweed, with the total from recording beats at 160, fish were being caught from the lower river and some from the higher beats too. Boleside had a couple of good days with 7 on Thursday and 5 on Friday, bringing their total to 12 for the week. Top beats were Brigham Dub (13), Tillmouth (15) and Middle Mertoun (14), along with the best fishing days being Wednesday (45) and Friday (31). It was good to see some larger fish being caught, Sprouston got a 14 lbs-er on Wednesday, Tillmouth a 21 lbs-er on Thursday and Ladykirk a 16 lbs-er on Friday.

Weather last week was mostly some lovely fishing weather, sunny and warm. This week will be overcast, with some days darker than others, but no rain set to fall just yet. Temperatures will be in and around 10-15 degrees, but could feel a few dregrees colder. Small Aurora Cascades trebles, Silver Stoat trebles, Black Sheep doubles would be good flies for the next week, along with a floating line and long tapered leader.

For those of your around and about Kelso, whether you are fishing or not, pop into our new shop for some celebratory prosecco and nibbles! All are welcome!

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 28th May)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 6, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 5, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 15, West Learmouth 6, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 8, Hendersyde 3, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 11, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 8, Dryburgh Lower 2, Bemersyde 1, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 14, Fairnilee 1.
Total: 118 Largest: Tillmouth 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 1, Upper Tindal 3, Redscar 2.
Total: 14 Largest: Lower Tindal 10lbs
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



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