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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 21st November)

Good Morning Tweed Fishers ….

Wow we have rapidly descended into winter .... this past week with bitterly cold nights and days and with heavy frosts becoming a regular occurrence.

Once again the river was mostly unfishable last week, apart from a couple of days towards the end of the week. There was very little fishing pressure owing to the river conditions and this was reflected in the catches. Most boatmen and fishers feeling that the river has now closed itself down, especially with so many fish spawning. Sadly the river does not adhere to our calender and we should therefore respect what mother nature preaches.

Once again, BBC1 Scotland at 7.30pm, Monday evenings, you can keep up with the documentary called The River, a must watch focussing on the lovely Borders area and the folk that live and work along it.

Apologies to Mick Charlton, whom we accidently said was from Upper Pavilion, it should have read Middle Pavilion!

If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing tim@tweedsidetackle.co.uk , tel 01573 225306 or pop into our new shop in Kelso - 13 Bridge Street - for a chat or if you have time a cup of tea/coffee! Wishing everyone a great week on the river and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team for another week!


Beat catches reported
(week ending 26th November)
SALMON & GRILSE: Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 9, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 2, Drygrange 4, Lower Pavilion 2, Sunderland Hall 3, Fairnilee 2, Nest 3, Ashiestiel 1, Traquair 6, Glenormiston 1, Cardrona 6, Horsbrugh 1.
Total: 51 Largest: Upper Makerstoun 19lbs
SEA TROUT: Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Cardrona 1.
Total: 3 Largest: Hendersyde & Cardrona 4lbs
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

To be updated soon.

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE: Ladykirk 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 10, Sprouston 11, Hendersyde 19, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 21, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 2, Dryburgh Lower 2. Total: 79
SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1. Total: 1

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 4, Tillmouth 10, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 8, Lower Birgham 14, Birgham Dub 34, Sprouston 40, Hendersyde 27, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 4, Middle Pavilion 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, BlueStone 3, Redscar 1, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 231
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 1, Lower Birgham 1, Junction 1. Total: 4

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 3, Ladykirk 5, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 7, Lower Birgham 14, Birgham Dub 32, Sprouston 37, Hendersyde 24, Upper Hendersyde 16, Junction 65, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 15, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 5, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 3, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 8, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 13. Total: 307
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 2, Upper North Wark 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Boleside 1, BlueStone 3, Lower Tindal 2, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 2. Total: 16

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 18, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 14, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 52, West Learmouth 10, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 11, Birgham Dub 45, Sprouston 53, Hendersyde 38, Upper Hendersyde 15, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 9, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 19, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 10, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 7, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 26, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 1, BDAA Whiteadder 13, BlueStone 10. Total: 449
SEA TROUT: Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 6, Lower Birgham 2, Sprouston 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 1, Boleside 1, Fairnilee 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 8, Upper Tindal 5, Redscar 8. Total: 45

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 28, Horncliffe 6, Pedwell 6, Ladykirk 25, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 50, West Learmouth 24, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 31, Sprouston 58, Hendersyde 34, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 27, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 18, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 5, Tweedswood 2, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 8, Boleside 8, BDAA Whiteadder 7, BlueStone 1, Lower Tindal 1, Upper Tindal 2, Redscar 1. Total: 371
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 4, Milne Graden 12, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 3, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 3, Sprouston 9, Hendersyde 2, Junction 1, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Drygrange 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 21, Upper Tindal 15, Redscar 19. Total: 125

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 22, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 23, The Boathouse and Canny 4, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 68, West Learmouth 25, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 9, Birgham Dub 39, Sprouston 29, Hendersyde 34, Upper Hendersyde 9, Junction 18, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 8, Rutherford 8, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 9, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 8, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 19, Fairnilee 1, Nest 2, Ashiestiel 2, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 1, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 2, Redscar 1, Monteviot 2. Total: 387
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 4, Ladykirk 14, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 24, West Learmouth 6, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 13, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 7, Junction 20, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 6, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 1, Drygrange 9, Tweedswood 4, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 7, Sunderland Hall 2, Tiptoe 4, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 10, Flodden 2, Redscar 7, Monteviot 1. Total: 199

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 27, Horncliffe 18, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 5, Ladykirk 36, The Boathouse and Canny 10, Milne Graden 21, Tillmouth 84, West Learmouth 51, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 22, Birgham Dub 56, Sprouston 66, Hendersyde 44, Upper Hendersyde 22, Junction 49, Lower Makerstoun 12, Upper Makerstoun 19, Rutherford 33, Dryburgh Lower 9, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 18, Tweedswood 9, Lower Pavilion 3, Middle Pavilion 14, Boleside 15, Sunderland Hall 1, Ashiestiel 1, BDAA Whiteadder 5, BlueStone 3, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 2, Redscar 2. Total: 672
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 9, Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 4, Tillmouth 3, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 4, Sprouston 7, Hendersyde 5, Upper Hendersyde 6, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 16, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 2, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 8, Ashiestiel 4, Lower Tindal 7, Upper Tindal 3, Redscar 1, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 115

September
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 12, Horncliffe 14, Ladykirk Lower 14, Pedwell 11, Ladykirk 16, The Boathouse and Canny 5, Milne Graden 36, Tillmouth 52, West Learmouth 17, Upper North Wark 4, Lower Birgham 14, Birgham Dub 39, Sprouston 49, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 11, Junction 32, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 10, Rutherford 17, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 10, Drygrange 11, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 37, Sunderland Hall 1, Fairnilee 2, Nest 8, Ashiestiel 12, Holylee 2, Cardrona 6, BDAA Whiteadder 4, Tiptoe 5, Lower Tindal 4, Upper Tindal 5, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 521
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 1, Pedwell 1, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 3, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 4, Upper Hendersyde 1, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 2, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 6, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, Holylee 2. Total: 36

October
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 20, Ladykirk Lower 18, Pedwell 6, Ladykirk 52, The Boathouse and Canny 18, Milne Graden 54, Tillmouth 102, West Learmouth 48, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 28, Birgham Dub 87, Sprouston 43, Hendersyde 41, Upper Hendersyde 14, Junction 97, Lower Makerstoun 11, Upper Makerstoun 18, Rutherford 31, Dryburgh Lower 19, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 18, Drygrange 23, Tweedswood 12, Lower Pavilion 9, Middle Pavilion 14, Boleside 58, Sunderland Hall 7, Fairnilee 25, Nest 13, Ashiestiel 9, Holylee 19, Traquair 23, Glenormiston 7, Cardrona 18, Horsbrugh 3, Dawyck 3, BDAA Whiteadder 10, BlueStone 2, Redscar 1, Monteviot 1, Middle Ettrick 4. Total: 996
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 5, Ladykirk Lower 2, Ladykirk 2, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 4, West Learmouth 1, Birgham Dub 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 4, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Upper 1, Tweedswood 1, Boleside 1, Fairnilee 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 1, Holylee 1, Traquair 1, Glenormiston 1, Cardrona 1, BDAA Whiteadder 5, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 47



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