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(Last updated: Monday 25th May)
Good to see catches improve last week with fish to 20lb being recorded on mostly lower beats although there have been fish caught as far up as Boleside with the milder weather and river temperatures gradually
A cracking sea trout of 10lb also caught on Upper Hendersyde, what a beauty! Junction were once again the stars of the week with some 20 fish recorded - well done guys, another good week of catches with no doubt the prospects of more to come in the coming weeks.
If you look at the "your photos" pages you will see a selection of fish caught and safely returned, some really nice fish many of which are licers. Looking good for the week ahead weather wise so I would hope for another improving week of catches. Plenty available fishing if you are lucky enough to escape from work and squeeze a day in on the river.
Douglas Ewart on the Bottom Tweed reports this week
With the exception of Tuesday, when it rose six inches, the river level has been fairly steady or falling. It began the week at 1 ft 3 ins on the Norham gauge and is now hovering around 11ins. We have had just
about every type of weather including hail, rain, thunder and bright sunshine but the frequent cloud cover has been a welcome change.
There have been few rods out on some of the beats below Tillmouth which does nothing for the catch statistics, but those who have ventured out have had some success. Ladykirk have had fish almost every day, ending up with seven springers and Milne Graden had three so there are more fish about, its catching them that is the problem.
When I got to Ladykirk on Tuesday morning for example, yes, on the day the river was rising, Matthi, the Head Ghillie, told me that Roger Herbert had caught a fifteen pounder at West Ford the day before, but the river conditions had deteriorated so things could be difficult. Despite this Graham Dove had a heavily sea-liced fish of seven pounds from the Merry Knowes in the morning. On my arrival at West Ford, I saw a fish moving at the head of the pool, so I quickly had my Black and Yellow tube fly swimming across the stream to where I thought it might be. There were a couple of unmistakeable tugs on the line but when I lifted the rod ....... nothing! I am not alone in this, as a number of anglers have had similar experiences over the past few days, but again it indicates that there are fish in the pools and gives us all renewed hope. It is a case for perseverance. Matthi advised me to try spinning for the end of the afternoon and I was rewarded with a very lively ten pounder which he netted for me.
A good ghillie makes a real difference and we are fortunate to have so many on the Tweed. There are still a good number of sea trout about with catches being recorded at Tweedhill and Ladykirk so, with the increasing numbers of salmon being seen running upstream, it is well worth casting a line down here while the river is lower.
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 alongwith some lovely sunny spells thrown at us this month.Catches reported to us were: