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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 28th September)

Once again a dry week here on Tweedside, unfortunately no rain, however there is definitely a change in the weather with much cooler mornings. Wednesday 23rd began the Autumnal Equinox and our first frost appeared this morning, this will help reduce the water temperature, which has been up in the 50's… far too warm for this time of year.

The change in temperature should hopefully encourage some of the many fish below Coldstream bridge to move, with once again, reports of vast numbers of fish on Tillmouth and below, many reportedly in the mid-teens and larger, in various colours from black to bright silver & sealiced, very encouraging to hear of so many good fish in the lower river. Someone really is going to hit the jackpot when we do get a bit of rain, so good luck to whoever is at the right place and right time, it will happen! At least this year we have many fish in the lower river to run when we get the water, with large tides this week of many over 5m, I would expect to see the lower beats having another bumper week.

Despite not having as much rain as we had hoped for, we still have seen an increase in the total of salmon & grilse at 195 fish for the week, as well as an increase for seatrout at 10 caught. This week has seen Horncliffe, Tweedhill and Hendersyde produce reasonable numbers, but Tillmouth did extra well with 44! Tilmouth got the largest catch of the week with a 20lbs salmon, from Stephen Catlin. The Sheldon party fishing on Junction had a lean week with Clare Rutherford being top rod on Tuesday with 2 salmon, a 12 lbs and 15lbs, and her husband, Jim, also got himself a 10lb-er. Have a look at their pictures in the Catch Photo Gallery! The Williamson & Jamieson party, fishing on The Lees, had a good day on Friday with 5 fish and Will Haggers also got 2 salmon on Hendersyde on Saturday, well done all around!

It's brilliant to see all ages spending time out on the river, from Tom Vainer (aged 10), pictured in the Catch Photo Gallery with his Grilse at Cornhill, to Dr Jack Oliver (aged 88) with a cracking little grilse of 4lbs on Saturday at Boleside, which managed to stay on as two other salmon unfortunately came off. Jack took up fishing later in life, but was so pleased to be rewarded with this fish at the tender age of 88! He would like to thank Nigel and Colin at Boleside for their help and Fish Tweed for all their help too. Well done Jack! It sounds like everyone fishing on Boleside had a good time this week, with Roger Worth also getting three fish in his three days, all from the Garden Back, and he thoroughly enjoyed his trip. Hopefully see you again soon Roger!

It's brilliant to hear that there are more fresh fish being seen, with previous weeks having darker to black salmon. Bright fish means that fresh fish are still entering the river… always a good sign! If you would like a piece of Tweedside Tackle advice, as per last week, when fishing in these low water conditions, cast square with a downstream mend to add a little speed to the fly, whilst using very small flies and long clear leaders ideally tapered to aid in turnover and presentation.

Here's an update from Mike Allan on the trout fishing this season:

"Well it's almost over! For most of the Tweed system the brown trout season will be over on Wednesday. As always, the season end comes round all too quickly. This season kicked off well with lots of trout, plenty good sized too, being caught on mid and upper Tweed. As usual the sport tailed off a bit in July and August with heavy nymphs being the go to method during these warmer periods instead of the dries. Once people start using weighted nymphs the grayling begin to show up. There have been good numbers of all year classes being caught so things are looking good for those who pursue grayling in Winter.

There have been decent amounts of fish rising over the last couple of weeks, mainly during the afternoons. I've seen some decent hatches of blue winged olives and this seems to be what the fish are rising to. The water is very low and clear so a bit of stealth is needed in order not to spook the fish. Best flies for me have been a size 16 olive cdc for when they're rising and a heavy pheasant tail nymph or a partridge and orange spider with a small gold tungsten bead when nothing is showing. There are quite a lot of salmon anglers around so remember to give them plenty room. Tight lines if you're lucky enough to be getting out, and if you've never tried winter grayling fishing then you should do it this year. Lots of day ticket water from 1st December onwards.


If anyone would like boast or brag about their catches during the week, we love to see them! Please email to , tel 01573 225306, or pop into our shop in Kelso for a chat! Wishing everyone a great week fishing and tight lines from Tim and the team at Tweedside Tackle!

Beat catches reported
(week ending 26th September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 30, Horncliffe 11, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 6, Ladykirk 12, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 6, Tillmouth 44, West Learmouth 1, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 6, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 12, Junction 8, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 6, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 5, Tweedswood 2, Middle Pavilion 3, Boleside 5, Ashiestiel 2, Tiptoe 2, Redscar 1.
Total: 194 Largest: Tillmouth 20lbs
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 3, Lower Birgham 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 1, Lower Pavilion 1.
Total: 10 Largest: Lower Pavilion 7lbs
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

An end of season report will appear here shortly.

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 11, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 4, Lower Pavilion 3, Boleside 2, BlueStone 3. Total: 240
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 26, 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: 193
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 32, Hendersyde 27, Upper Hendersyde 30, Junction 73, Lower Makerstoun 16, Upper Makerstoun 15, Rutherford 23, 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: 402
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 3, Lower Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 1, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 3, Boleside 1, Tiptoe 6, Lower Tindal 18, Upper Tindal 9, Flodden 3, Redscar 21. Total: 103

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 6, Horncliffe 5, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 16, Milne Graden 13, Tillmouth 61, West Learmouth 2, Lower Birgham 5, Sprouston 32, 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: 283
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 16, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 4, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 7, 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: 276

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 11, Horncliffe 9, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 20, The Boathouse and Canny 6, Milne Graden 15, Tillmouth 61, West Learmouth 5, Upper North Wark 2, Lower Birgham 7, Sprouston 25, Hendersyde 24, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 19, Lower Makerstoun 11, Upper Makerstoun 9, Rutherford 20, Dryburgh Lower 8, Dryburgh Upper 9, Bemersyde 20, Drygrange 2, Tweedswood 2, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 9, Boleside 24, Ashiestiel 1, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 1, Redscar 2, Monteviot 3, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 353
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 4, Horncliffe 9, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 11, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 12, Tillmouth 37, West Learmouth 7, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 17, Sprouston 16, Hendersyde 17, Upper Hendersyde 7, Junction 35, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 25, Dryburgh Lower 23, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 10, Drygrange 8, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 12, Ashiestiel 3, Cardrona 1, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 15, Upper Tindal 13, Ford 6, Redscar 28, Monteviot 7. Total: 374

SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 44, Horncliffe 32, Ladykirk Lower 2, Pedwell 14, Ladykirk 44, The Boathouse and Canny 29, Milne Graden 34, Tillmouth 89, West Learmouth 31, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 23, Birgham Dub 4, Sprouston 37, Hendersyde 38, Upper Hendersyde 20, Junction 37, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 5, Rutherford 25, Dryburgh Lower 22, Dryburgh Upper 6, Bemersyde 16, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 8, Lower Pavilion 8, Middle Pavilion 11, Boleside 26, Fairnilee 2, Ashiestiel 4, BlueStone 3, Tiptoe 9, Lower Tindal 2, Redscar 2, Monteviot 1, Middle Ettrick 2. Total: 641
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 6, Horncliffe 3, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 7, The Boathouse and Canny 4, Milne Graden 5, Tillmouth 5, West Learmouth 9, Lower Birgham 5, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 8, Upper Hendersyde 14, Junction 21, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 15, Dryburgh Upper 3, Bemersyde 2, Drygrange 2, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 3, Boleside 8, Ashiestiel 2, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 4, Redscar 3, Monteviot 3. Total: 151

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