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: Monday 15th September)

There was an Autumnal feel to Tweedside this week, with a misty/foggy start to some mornings and cooler overnight temperatures and the leaves starting to turn on the trees.
This weeks catches were very similar to last weeks with 176 Salmon and 17 Sea Trout reported, (last week 177 Salmon and 10 Sea Trout).
Catches were spread from Boleside down to Tweedhill with some of these fish that were caught in the middle river were carrying sea lice. The low river levels suit the beats on the Lower river and the bulk of the fish reported were caught in this area, with Tillmouth leading the way with 26 Salmon reported for the week. Birgham Dub had a few this week and interesting to see that Rutherford also had a number of fish during the earlier part of the week, but as the river levels fell away a few inches over the week, so did the catches on this beat.
I heard reports of small pods of small bright fish moving through some of the beats in the Kelso area during Wednesday and Thursday, and beats as far as Melrose picked up some of these fish during these days, but there was also some older river fish being caught as well. It goes to show that even with low river levels, there are still fish willing to push upriver.
Floating lines and inter/slow sinking tips and small sparsely tied flies or Coneheads seemed to be the successful method.

Monday.

River levels were 7" Steady Boleside, 7" Steady Sprouston and 8" steady at Norham.
There were 51 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 20lbs.

Tuesday.

There were 35 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Pedwell catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.

Wednesday.

There were 20 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Milne Graden catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.

Thursday.

There were 26 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Lower Dryburgh catching the biggest fish at 17lbs..

Friday.

River levels were down a couple of inches from Mondays levels.
There were 24 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 16lbs..

Saturday.

There were 20 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 20lbs.

Most of the Sea Trout reported this week were in the 3-4lb range.

Iain Wilson.
Borders Gunroom.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 13th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 15, Horncliffe 7, Ladykirk Lower 8, Pedwell 6, Ladykirk 2, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 26, West Learmouth 4, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 15, Sprouston 8, Hendersyde 10, Upper Hendersyde 6, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 16, Dryburgh Lower 6, Dryburgh Upper 7, Ravenswood 3, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 8, Boleside 5, Lower Tindal 3, Upper Tindal 1, Redscar 1.
Total: 176 Largest: Sprouston 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 2, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 1, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 1, Ravenswood 2, Boleside 1.
Total: 17 Largest: The Boathouse and Canny & Hendersyde & Upper Hendersyde & Junction & Rutherford & Dryburgh Lower 4lbs
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