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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 24th August)

Last week saw some 136 salmon reported on the FishTweed site and a handful of sea trout. Most of the grilse caught were at around the 5lb to 8lb mark but there were fish caught to 20lb showing that as we boldly head towards true autumn fishing, there is still every chance of a decent day out on the Tweed in what is left of August.

The weather was at times blustery, some heavy downpours and at times really quite hot and bright - kind of what you might expect actually at this time of year. The low water conditions really did favour the lower beats with conditions spot on for some decent fishing.

Doug writes -

Once again the conditions have been in our favour down here on the beats below Tillmouth. The river has remained consistently low at about nine inches and running clear. There has been intermittent cloud cover and when it did rain it seemed to be confined to the coastal area so did not have any real effect on the water. That is until today (Sunday) when the heavy thundery showers, which rolled in from the West overnight, saw a four foot rise on the Teviot with the Ettrick not far behind. It hadn't reached us here at Norham by 6 o'clock this morning but by lunchtime it had risen to about three and a half feet. Typical, as my last booked fishing day for this season is on Tuesday. Things could be difficult, on the other hand this fresh water may bring in shoals of fish and I'll have a fantastic day. It is all a question of being in the right place at the right time as this weeks catches have shown. All of our beats from Milne Graden to Tweedhill have had fish on almost every day and, both Milne Graden and Ladykirk have had at least one day this week when their rods landed a total of six fish. I understand that most of these have been grilse, but Milne Graden had a twenty pounder on Wednesday, so you have to be prepared for anything. Despite the unsettled weather forecast for the coming week, I'm hoping that any of the forecast rain is less violent than last night and the river starts to fall again. I'll be out on Tuesday, as long as it is safe, and hope everyone on the river has a good week. Tight lines!

And Mike on the trout fishing

The trout fishing is beginning to pick up a bit with fish rising through the day. Plenty of sedges around and large dark olives are beginning to appear in larger numbers too. Sport on the dry fly can be pretty good from late August through to the end of the season if there are large hatches of LDOs. Heavy nymphs and wet flies continue to do well for the trout and there have been a few specimen sized grayling caught over the last few days. The water is well up after last night's rain so the beginning of the week could fish well in a dropping and clearing water (as long as there's no more heavy rain). The trout season is rapidly running out so get out and make the most of the last few weeks.

There was a flurry of activity this week in the office as many Tweed anglers realised that they had better get their finger out and get some back end fishing booked. The availability is starting to get pretty thin so best advice is to do something about sorting your fishing this week. There is plenty of `November fishing available and given you can now take out our FishPal Insurance Policy which would cover you if the beat you are fishing is in flood - why not make sure that before the season is done and dusted you have some final late fishing to look forward too. Give me a ring in the office if you need ant help or advice to sort out a few days on the river.

Please email tom@fishpal.com or tel 01573 470612 with any stories photo's etc.,


Tight lines - Tom Carter


Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Horncliffe 10, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 11, The Boathouse and Canny 3, Milne Graden 11, Tillmouth 17, West Learmouth 9, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 8, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 4, Bemersyde 4, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 7, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 5, Redscar 1.
Total: 136 Largest: Milne Graden 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 2, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 2, Ashiestiel 1, Lower Tindal 1, Redscar 2.
Total: 18 Largest: Boleside 8lbs
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

June had some good moments of fishing, but the river and the area really suffered from a lack of water.
The winds were present for most of the month but dropped once we got the heat wave.
Seatrout numbers do not reflect the quantity that were in the lower river during the month and anglers were amazed by the amount they were seeing at night when the weather warmed.
It wasn't really untilt the end of the month the weather patterns changed and we started to get some water and when we did the fishing did liven up. A mixed bag.

The Tweed season to date has been hard going. Some beats have had a great start and others a poor one. Conditions have been tough for the river. Fish are spread out throughout the system and May should be a good indicator once the river settles after a week of high water.

The season started on the back of, and on going, cold winter. The river conditions were settled but very cold and as a result most of the month stayed like it. Fishing and catches were concentrated around the Kelso beats, where Junction and the Floors beats were the first off the mark and supported most of the catches for the month.

March saw a little of everything, but mostly wind, cold temperatures and Easterly winds. However there was one very good week with 160 + fish being caught. Again most catches were in and around the Kelso area, but beats such as Makerstoun and Birgham had some good days out of the immediate area.

April, was very settled and so was the weather. A heat wave from Easter then led to cooler conditions, but there was almost wall to wall sunshine for three weeks. Catches in these conditions were low, and so were the water levels. The last week saw the weather change, with the wind coming back and then the rain.

May has been designated by the Met Office as "colder and wetter than average" and who are we to disagree with rain, hail, wind and rain along with some lovely sunny spells thrown at us this month. Everyday saw wind and blustery wind as well. Difficult conditions fro light weight fishing.

June was hard for a lot of the beats with little to no rain and an gradual increase in daily temperatures.
Sea-trout arrived in good numbers during the month but only saw catches increase as the temperatures increased.
Tillmouth was a beat whom had the best fishing and catches for the month with 67 salmon caught.
Grilse started to appear and the odd fish caught, but remained active in the pools but not on the end of anglers fishing lines!

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 8, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1. Total: 96
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Junction 1. Total: 2

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 33, Sprouston 28, Hendersyde 25, Upper Hendersyde 20, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 11, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 4, Lower Pavilion 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 3. Total: 241
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 2, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 5, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 2, Boleside 1. Total: 19

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 4, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 7, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 9, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 21, Sprouston 26, Hendersyde 12, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 46, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 7, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 4. Total: 193
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 5, Redscar 1. Total: 15

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 17, Milne Graden 7, Tillmouth 19, West Learmouth 4, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 6, Birgham Dub 37, Sprouston 32, Hendersyde 27, Upper Hendersyde 30, Junction 73, Lower Makerstoun 16, Upper Makerstoun 15, Rutherford 24, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 6, Bemersyde 14, Drygrange 5, Tweedswood 6, Lower Pavilion 13, Middle Pavilion 14, Boleside 13, BlueStone 7, Upper Tindal 2. Total: 403
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 5, Tillmouth 12, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 6, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 3, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 3, Boleside 1, Tiptoe 6, Lower Tindal 18, Upper Tindal 9, Flodden 3, Redscar 21. Total: 104

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 6, Horncliffe 5, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 16, Milne Graden 13, Tillmouth 61, West Learmouth 2, Lower Birgham 5, Sprouston 32, Hendersyde 19, Upper Hendersyde 11, Junction 32, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 6, Rutherford 13, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 9, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 7, Boleside 6, Ashiestiel 3, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 2. Total: 283
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 5, Horncliffe 6, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 14, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 76, West Learmouth 9, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 17, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 6, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 2, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 2, Ashiestiel 1, Tiptoe 3, Lower Tindal 4, Upper Tindal 21, Ford 6, Flodden 4, Redscar 40. Total: 275

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 11, Horncliffe 9, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 20, The Boathouse and Canny 6, Milne Graden 15, Tillmouth 61, West Learmouth 5, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 7, Sprouston 25, Hendersyde 24, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 19, Lower Makerstoun 11, Upper Makerstoun 9, Rutherford 20, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 9, Bemersyde 20, Drygrange 2, Tweedswood 2, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 9, Boleside 24, Ashiestiel 1, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 1, Redscar 2, Monteviot 3, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 353
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 4, Horncliffe 9, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 11, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 12, Tillmouth 37, West Learmouth 7, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 17, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 17, Upper Hendersyde 7, Junction 35, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 26, Dryburgh Lower 23, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 10, Drygrange 8, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 12, Ashiestiel 3, Cardrona 1, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 15, Upper Tindal 13, Ford 6, Redscar 28, Monteviot 7. Total: 375



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