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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 27th July)

An interesting and decent week on the Tweed.

River levels and general conditions on the Tweed were good for the week.

Monday started with a small rise from Sunday and this pattern followed suit for the rest of the week.

I took a day out from the office on Tuesday to fish at Middle Pavillion and from Mondays catches was confident of getting into something!!.

The water and levels were pretty much perfect, but Ghillie Mick Charlton said," they have not been seeing fish on the beat, but clearly picking them up throughout the day".
I fished all day to no result but had a great day and loved the variety of the pools and the water. One angler did get a fish, a 7lb sea-trout at approx 10pm and well worth waiting for! Well done to him and well done on the hours put in to get this result.

It was noted that Monday and Tuesday were peculiar days where the temperature was fluctuating several degrees in a small space in time. I left the beat at 13.C and by the time I had got to Crailing, and hour lated it had shot up to 17.c, this is based on the car thermometer and I have not reason to doubt it. With dropping water and good clarity maybe this is a factor that kept the fish quiet!!

More likely poor fishing on my part but one should always have an excuse!.

Wednesday saw the river on the rise and beats from Horncliffe to Boleside recorded fish!, so much for the adage of fishing on dropping water, last week proved completely opposite.

Also, the river temperature has also cooled during the week and is now running at 12.2.Celcius a good drop from the previous week of about 1.C.

Catches show a good week on the Tweed and although fish were not showing, they are defiantly spread well in the system.

David Blyth who took a day out on Ladykirk got straight into a nice salmon in the morning of 9lb and the beat followed this up with another three fish on that day.

Bemersyde rods had a couple of cracking sealiced fish on Tuesday, pity they had't got to Middle Pavillion.

Robert Jollys party fishing Hendersyde had a good week with 10 salmon and 10 seatrout being caught, two of which were in the 10lb category.

Iain Wilson also had some joy as he went out to catch two salmon on Thursday night and bars of silver they were.

Andrew Semple had a cracking 21ber on Friday on Upper Makerstoun beat, and John Podbury had a 9lb seatrout on Monday and lost a fish he estimated at over 25lb, on the Upper beat as well.

All in all a very encouraging week's fishing on the river.

Wednesday also saw the latest drop in event at Ormiston House in Melrose where government officials were answering questions on the Wild Fisheries Reform. The event was well attended by anglers, business owners, land owners, etc with many a challenging question asked from the floor. We await to see the outcome.

Doug Ewart is on holiday this week, but will be back soon.

Mike Allen has this on the trout front.
Trout fishing has been a little quiet over the last couple of weeks which is normal for the Tweed in July. There have been some huge hatches of small dark olives some evenings just before dark. The trout go crazy for these small flies but always seem hard to catch. We've been down to size 20 flies to tempt them. Heavy nymphs still the best bet during the day with the usual pheasant tail, hares ear and olive patterns working well. I like to fish these upstream on a fairly short line into broken water. There are good numbers of sea trout around which will often rise to a dry fly too. The forecast is for some really heavy rain later today (Sunday) so it looks as though another rise in levels is on the cards.

Have fun and tight lines for the week ahead, I will be having a cast this week as well.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 25th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 5, Horncliffe 4, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 8, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 17, West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 2, Hendersyde 10, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 7, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 4, Drygrange 1, Middle Pavilion 3, Boleside 8, Lower Tindal 2.
Total: 102 Largest: Lower Makerstoun 21lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 2, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 9, West Learmouth 4, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 2, Hendersyde 9, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 4, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 2, Drygrange 2, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 8, Cardrona 1, Upper Tindal 2, Redscar 1, Monteviot 2.
Total: 79 Largest: Cardrona 13lbs
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:

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

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

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 25, 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: 192
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

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 28, 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: 399
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 4, 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: 105

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 6, Horncliffe 5, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 16, Milne Graden 13, Tillmouth 61, West Learmouth 2, Lower Birgham 5, Sprouston 10, 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: 261
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 4, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 8, 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: 264

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