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: Tuesday 26th August)

Another week on Tweedside with over 200 Salmon reported from Fairnilee down to Tweedhill at the bottom of river. The cooler weather and the colder water temperature has certainly woke the fish up and also encouraged fish to enter the river. As the river levels have dropped over the course of the week, catches have been spread around the Kelso area and downstream to the lower river, but fresh fish were still being caught around the St,Boswells area on Thursday as I heard reports of fresh grilse and an 18lb fish being taken on the Mertoun Beats.

I spoke with Craig Walker, head ghillie on Sprouston and he told me that the fish that Mr Bob Ellis and party were catching this week were mostly fresh and liced and were around the 10-12lb class, with some up to 14lbs, and were taken on small cascades. The Beats total for the week was 36 Salmon (15 on Monday), which is outstanding for a 2 rod beat in August, I know that Bob Ellis had a smile on his face all week and rightly so.

I fished with Simon Cotton and Ralph Brown on Saturday on Birgham Dub and they had a successful 2 days ( Thursday and Saturday) Friday was blank due to a rising river levels. Simon hooked and landed a Fresh Salmon estimated at 27lbs which was returned. Between them they finished with 9 Salmon ( mostly fresh and double figures) and a Sea Trout. I managed to hook and land a 10lb coloured Sea Trout and had a hold of two Salmon which both dropped off after a few head shakes. On Saturday we saw a number of fresh fish moving through the beat all day.

It was good to see that the lower river beats are still picking up a number of fish as I heard that there were more fish hooked than were getting landed on some beats, a sign that fresh fish are running into the river. These fish will push upriver and will start to stock lower river beats, unless we have a lift in river levels that may encourage them upriver. The smaller Grilse will still push upstream as they do not require the higher river levels to travel between pools.

Monday.

River Levels were 8" at Boleside and 10" at Sprouston.
There were 81 Salmon and 15 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 22lbs.
Ravenswood reported a 9lb Sea Trout.

Tuesday.

There were 44 salmon and 10 Sea Trout reported, with Tillmouth catching the biggest fish at 19lbs.
Ravenswood reported a 10lb Sea Trout.

Wednesday.

River levels were down 2" from Mondays levels.
There were 38 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.

Thursday.

There was light rain with heavy showers over the borders which would have levels rising during Friday morning.
There were 30 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 27lbs.

Friday.

A Very slow rising river throughout the day affected catches, mostly in the afternoon from Kelso downstream, with most fish caught in the morning.
There were 25 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.

Saturday.

River levels were dropping after the previous days small rise in levels.
There were 22 salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
Birgham Dub reported a 10lb Sea Trout.

Total for week 240 Salmon and 39 Sea Trout.

Iain Wilson.

Borders Gunroom.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 11, Horncliffe 8, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 15, The Boathouse and Canny 5, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 28, West Learmouth 16, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 7, Birgham Dub 23, Sprouston 36, Hendersyde 20, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 16, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 2, Ravenswood 4, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 5, Fairnilee 1, BlueStone 1.
Total: 240 Largest: Birgham Dub 27lbs
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 3, Ladykirk 2, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 2, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 4, Dryburgh Lower 2, Bemersyde 2, Ravenswood 5, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, Ashiestiel 1.
Total: 39 Largest: Birgham Dub & Ravenswood 10lbs
TROUT: None reported




Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

Report due soon.



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