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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 23rd February)

Week beginning the 16th February.

It was all change this week on the river.
Monday started a more settled day and river in good order but water levels dropping slightly from over the weekend.
Tuesday Wednesday became very cold and windy and this lead to a rise in water from the Teviot and Ettrick into Thursday. Only the bravest of Anglers were out on the river where shelter was to be found.
Friday and Saturday were more settled and gave better conditions for fishing.
The water temperature were also fluctuating during the week and continues into the beginning of this week. Temperatures rose to around 6C in the middle part of the week and as I write, has gone down to 2.3C.

These changes have certainly helped in bringing a small amount of fresh running fish into the river and a number of beats recorded their first fresh of the season which is always good news. The beats off and running last week were Ladykirk, Boleside, Mertoun, Sprouston, Bigham Dub and Upper Hendersysde all with fish to report and a few with sea lice.

Well done all for braving some harsh conditions last week on the river. The forecast for this week is mainly unsettled with wind, rain and low temperatures but hopefully becoming more settled and warmer at the end of the week.

On a positive note I am hearing from ghillies that they were seeing fresh fish moving into their beats during the week which is encouraging. Not huge numbers but still good to hear and keeps the optimism in our veins running high.

A cracking fish that I did hear of caught from Jacks Plum Pool on the Teviot was a lovely fourteen pound springer caught by Christopher Noble back on the 13th of February, well done Christopher, a cracker! Always good news to hear of the Teviot picking up the odd fish which is great for the time of the year.

A note for your diary to finish for all you Tweed fisherman. We have been told that there are still a couple of places available for this year's Trout & Salmon spring salmon fishing holidays on the Makerstoun beat of the River Tweed. The holidays include three day's salmon fishing with spey casting instruction from Eoin Fairgrieve and three night's accommodation at the famous Ednam House Hotel in Kelso. Dates are March 2-4 & March 5-7, with each place available for an all-inclusive price of £940 (inc. VAT) per rod. If you would like to hear more then please contact us in the office or indeed contact Eoin direct by following this link

Tight lines everybody

Tom Carter

Beat catches reported
(week ending 21st February)
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1.
Total: 29 Largest: Junction 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1.
Total: 1 Largest: Hendersyde 6lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.

This Season so far

With a more unsettled weather during the week 16 Feb, the river started to produce fish out of the kelso area.

Catches week of 16 Feb.
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1.

Catches Week of the 9 Febuary
Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 13, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 2.

Week of the 2 Febuary 2015, Sprouston 2 Salmon. Hendersyde 3 Salmon, Junction beat 33 Salmon
Lower Makertstoun 1 Salmon.

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, and this year's AGM will be held 9.30am to 10am on Monday, 2nd March 2015 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