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 21st July)

Another quiet week on Tweedside with 18 Salmon and 17 Sea Trout reported. The low catches caused by the continuing hot and bright daytime conditions and rising water temperatures. There was a rise in river levels on Thursday, but this was compensation water and it rose levels by 6" on the Boleside gauge and unfortunately dislodged river bed Algae and Weed and this coloured the river up over a couple of days.
We did get some rain over Friday night/ Saturday morning and this had levels rising slightly on Sunday morning.
I spoke briefly with Eric Ball, Ghillie at Horncliffe and he had been picking up a few Sea Trout throughout the week, but was catching them once darkness had fallen and fishing a biggish fly for them. All were as fresh as paint.


There were 4 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tweedhill and Hendersyde sharing the biggest fish at 11lbs.


There were 4 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout reported, with Fairnilee catching the biggest fish at 12lbs.
Drygrange and Upper Tindal both reported 6lb Sea Trout.


There were 2 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tillmouth catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.


There were 3 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tweedhill catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.


There was 1 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Hendersyde catching the biggest fish at 7lbs.


There were 2 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tweedhill catching the biggest fish at 8lbs.

Iain Wilson.
Borders Gunroom.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 19th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 4, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 6, Hendersyde 3, Rutherford 1, Fairnilee 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Tweedhill 15lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 6, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 1, West Learmouth 1, Drygrange 3, Middle Pavilion 1, Fairnilee 1, Upper Tindal 3.
Total: 17 Largest: Drygrange & Upper Tindal 6lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.

This Season so far

W/e 22 June
An improvement this week compared to last weeks totals with 49 Salmon and 56 Sea Trout (35 and 28 last week), but we still had unsettled river conditions at the start and during the week due to thunder storms over the catchment on the Monday and Tuesday. We still have the on-going problem of the river taking a while to clear following any rise in levels, due mainly to a layer of sediment lying on the river bed, so any lift in levels stirs this up.

Catches at the beginning of the week were slow due to river colour, with Sea Trout making up the numbers, mainly on the Till but a few on the main river and these fish are well spread throughout the main river as far as Boleside and Ashiesteil and will be up some of the bigger tributaries.

Towards the end of the week there were fresh fish with Sea Lice being reported as far up as Dryburgh and I spoke briefly with George Inglis, Lower Dryburgh ghillie who reported catching fish there with long tailed lice on.
Bemersyde reported fresh fish also, with Charles Jeffrey catching and with Sheena West christening her new rod and reel which she bought the day previous.

On a personal note, I too had a bit of a bumper day on Thursday on the syndicated beat at Mertoun, near St,Boswells. I managed to hook and land a couple of fish first thing before work, which were 5lb and 7lb, with the smaller fish being as fresh as paint.
I returned in the evening with a friend who caught 2 Salmon to his own rod, which were 15lb and 8lb, both fish fresh and again the smaller fish was Sea Liced. I picked up a fresh 3lb Sea Trout on a 12ft rod which gave a good account of itself, and then set up my 10ft 6" Hardy trout rod and proceeded to hook a large salmon on my 6-7th cast using the same Sea Trout flies.
I played the fish for 15 - 20 mins during which it crashed around the pool a few times and headed off downstream where we ended up two pools below where it was hooked and eventually tailed a slightly coloured Cock Salmon that measured 44 inches long which equates to 32lbs. After a few photos the fish was returned and swam of after it had been allowed to regain its strength, as were all the fish we caught. Had my friend not been there I would not of landed it as we could no longer follow it downstream due to bankside obstructions and fast water. This was certainly a a days fishing I wont forget in a hurry.


River levels were still dropping following a spate on |Sunday.There were 5 Salmon and 21 Sea trout reported ,with Middle Pavilion catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.
Lower Tindal caught the biggest sea trout at 8lbs.


River levels were rising and a lot of colour in the river,with heavy rain showers had levels rising by the afternoon.
There was 1 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported with the Junction catching the biggest fish at 11lbs, they also had the biggest sea trout at 10lbs.


River levels were falling but the Teviot was high and coloured and this affected beats below Kelso.
There were 7 Salmon and 9 Sea Trout reported, with Lower Dryburgh catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.


River levels were falling, but still some colour in the river but this would clear as the day progressed.
There were 13 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout reported, with Lower Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.


Levels were now steady and the river still had a wee tinge of colour.
There were 13 Salmon and 12 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish which was sea liced 18lber.


There were 10 salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 11lbs.

Iain Wilson
Borders Gunroom.

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.

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.

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