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(Last updated: Sunday 21st October)

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 20th October


After the flood over the weekend hopes were high of seen some fresher fish make their way up the river but other than few reports of odd fresher fish this remains very disappointing for the time of year especially after a flood. Just need to keep hoping that a turnaround in the fortunes on the river isn't too far away. One thing to help keep you motivated to have your fly in the water is the increased number of bigger fish been caught with fish reported up to 27lbs this week, with another 11 over 20lbs that I am aware off.

The weekend flood moved the fish up the river system with fish been caught right up as far as Dawyk this week, with most beat in the upper river getting on the scoresheet.

Bemersyde had a better week landing 13 salmon along with a 12lb Sea Trout, Mr Andy Robinson, Mr Assolori and Mr Dave Gray amongst the successful anglers on the beat. Fishing at the Junction Ms Laura Mattioli landed 2 fish including one on her last cast of her season. Well done Laura, the lucky hat strikes again. Mr Douglas Aitkin and guests fishing at Birgham Dub landed 6 ranging from 5lbs to 17lbs. Douglas finished off his week landing a fish on the Norham Castle Syndicate water. On West Learmouth Mr Hugh Newton landed 2 on Tuesday with the best been a 20lber taken on a Spitting Vomit fly. Over on the Lees Mr G Whitty landed a 20lb fish from the Glide.

136 Salmon were reported caught above Kelso the best of the fishing was on the Mertoun Beats where 22 were landed, Bemersyde had a better week landed 13, 78 Salmon were reported between Kelso and Coldstream the best of the fishing was at Hendersyde 10, Birgham Dub 13, Lower North Wark 11 and the Lees with 14. Below Coldstream 58 were reported, Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beat with 24. Milne Graden picked away landing 15 and the Ladykirk beats landed 12.

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On the River Till, 2 fish were reported including one at 25lbs. Over on the River Ettrick, Middle Ettrick had a better week with 11 fish reported.


316 Salmon and 36 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 25lb Salmon caught on the Tiptoe Beat of the River Till.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "After losing a day at the start of the week due to a rise over the weekend the river settled in and we started picking away. Mostly old fish but the rods had some good sport with a couple over 20 lb. We finished with 10 salmon, biggest 24 lb. And a sea trout."


Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports "Saw disappointing numbers of fish after the rise of water. Was good to see some very fresh fish on other beats but was hoping to see more of them about. We had our biggest fish of the year at 21lb last Saturday. Maybe another rise of water will bring some fresh fish in?"


On Upper North Wark, a bit of water to start the week with 2ft 2 on our gauge, carrying bit of colour on the Monday but settled in as the week progressed. We managed 3 for the week and lost 6!


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports "Not a bad week for these times with 14 landed, some bigger fish about now, we had 3 this week at the 20lb mark and a couple that were fairly clean. Still fishing floaters with sink tips of varying sink rates depending on the pool you are fishing. For a full report go to Lees page on Tweedbeats and click on Malcolm's fishing report."


Dave Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports "Whiteadder dropped away early in the week. Two fish recorded, one grilse of about 5lb and a sea trout on Saturday at 3lb. River back at summer level but the rise brought in a good number of fish. More rain needed to get them up the river to spawn."

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 10" and the water temperature is 45.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Upper Hendersyde, Tillmouth and Milne Graden beats should have a chance of some action this week. If you fancy the middle river Rutherford and Bemersyde beats will be worth a cast.


The forecast this coming week, an increasingly windy day tomorrow. After a bright start, cloud will become rather extensive, thickening enough to give a few patches of rain and drizzle, especially later in the day. Tuesday will be quite windy, but rather mild and cloudy, with a few spots of rain or drizzle at times. Wednesday will stay mostly dry, with winds gradually easing. A few patches of mist or fog may develop Wednesday night. Thursday will start out fine and dry, but with increasing clouds later as a front approaches from the north. Rain pushing in after sunset.

As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have any information or photo's you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


With water levels dropping back to not much above summer level and the temperature is around 45 degrees not after a few frosty nights. Floating lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment, maybe pack an intermediate line just in case it's required. Dressed flies around a size 8 to 10 should be the order of the day, in the deeper pools it might be worth a try with little 1/2" or 3/4" copper tubes. I would suggest are Copper Cascade, Black Frances, Black and Yellow, Kylie Shrimp, Red Frances should bring success. The river is now fly only until the end of the season on the 30th November.

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Beat catches reported
(week ending 20th October)
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 3, Ladykirk 9, The Boathouse and Canny 5, Milne Graden 15, Tillmouth 30, West Learmouth 5, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 6, Birgham Dub 13, Sprouston 6, Hendersyde 10, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 6, Dryburgh Lower 1, Bemersyde 13, Old Melrose 2, Drygrange 7, Tweedswood 9, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 5, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 12, Nest 14, Ashiestiel 5, Holylee 1, Traquair 2, Glenormiston 1, Cardrona 5, Horsbrugh 3, Dawyck 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 2, Monteviot 7, Middle Ettrick 12.
Total: 239 Largest: Tiptoe 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 4, Rutherford 1, Bemersyde 2, Nest 2, Traquair 3, Horsbrugh 8, BDAA Whiteadder 1.
Total: 27 Largest: Bemersyde 12lbs
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: Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 8, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 3, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 19, Lower Makerstoun 2, Dryburgh Lower 1. Total: 41
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 1. Total: 7

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 30, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 3, Old Melrose 1. Total: 91
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Lower Pavilion 1. Total: 9

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 3, Pedwell 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 3, Birgham Dub 14, Sprouston 25, Hendersyde 15, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 22, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 8, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 3, Middle Pavilion 3, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 125
SEA TROUT: Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Junction 2. Total: 5

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 17, Horncliffe 7, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 12, Milne Graden 5, Tillmouth 22, West Learmouth 2, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 19, Sprouston 12, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 5, Junction 22, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 1, BDAA Whiteadder 7, Tiptoe 3. Total: 183
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 1, Junction 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Old Melrose 1, Middle Pavilion 3, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4. Total: 21

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 13, Horncliffe 4, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 10, Milne Graden 14, Tillmouth 25, West Learmouth 25, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 15, Sprouston 6, Hendersyde 10, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 19, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 15, Dryburgh Lower 13, Dryburgh Upper 16, Bemersyde 4, Old Melrose 2, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 4, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1. Total: 233
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Ladykirk 3, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 19, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 2, Junction 2, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 4, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 5, Redscar and Upper Tindal 25. Total: 102

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 31, Horncliffe 18, Pedwell 14, Ladykirk 20, Milne Graden 8, Tillmouth 29, West Learmouth 11, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 17, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 5, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 4, Tiptoe 2. Total: 184
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 2, Hendersyde 1, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Drygrange 1, Middle Pavilion 2, Tiptoe 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 7. Total: 22

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 30, Horncliffe 44, Ladykirk Lower 33, Pedwell 33, Ladykirk 80, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 28, Tillmouth 132, West Learmouth 42, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 42, Sprouston 31, Hendersyde 42, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 10, Upper Makerstoun 4, Rutherford 23, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 13, Bemersyde 12, Old Melrose 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 15, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 15, Boleside 9, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 8, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 733
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 7, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 2, Sprouston 6, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 9, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 8, Old Melrose 6, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2. Total: 89

September
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 18, Horncliffe 35, Ladykirk Lower 75, Pedwell 22, Ladykirk 36, The Boathouse and Canny 6, Milne Graden 53, Tillmouth 173, West Learmouth 19, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 17, Birgham Dub 63, Sprouston 43, Hendersyde 44, Upper Hendersyde 16, Junction 38, Lower Makerstoun 14, Upper Makerstoun 18, Rutherford 43, Dryburgh Lower 16, Dryburgh Upper 15, Bemersyde 14, Old Melrose 10, Drygrange 8, Tweedswood 29, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 12, Boleside 50, Fairnilee 2, Nest 5, Ashiestiel 10, Holylee 4, Traquair 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, Lower Tindal 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 3, Monteviot 2, Middle Ettrick 4. Total: 932
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Tillmouth 14, West Learmouth 3, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 4, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 7, Old Melrose 2, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 12, Fairnilee 1, Nest 5, Ashiestiel 3, Holylee 3, Cardrona 1, Horsbrugh 1, Tiptoe 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4, Monteviot 3. Total: 117



Last Season

The River Tweed Commission releases it's annual figures for the river as a whole in late February and prints them in their annual reports.

The RTC's Annual Reports are available on their website at this link. RTC Annual Reports