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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.
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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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To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: