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This week so far

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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 6th July)

Unsurprisingly the week was as expected. Hot hot hot!

The general heat built up towards Wednesday and as a result, put the fish into a near dormant state and although the temperature
dropped towards the weekend, the river temp and air temp were well passed reasonable fishing temperatures!
Water temperature of 66+ Fahrenheit was what it hit on Wednesday and today it is at 63 Fahrenheit. 17.2 Celsius, in old money.

The torrential rain we received on Saturday morning higher up the Tweed lead to a slight rise in water, but bought dirty water with it.
However it did stir some of the residents up.

Doug reports from the Lower beats

Like everyone else, we have been suffering from extremely hot weather during the day, which resulted in sporadic thunderstorms with heavy rain from Wednesday night on. Despite the rain however the river has remained remarkably low with only slight variations until this morning (Sunday) when I noticed that, contrary to the SEPA reading on the Fishpal website, the river was up to 1 ft 2ins. on the Norham gauge at 6 o'clock this morning. Still not high and continuing to run clear. As Brian (Tweedhill) says, we could probably have done with a little more water to flush out some of the algae, which is beginning to form in the gravel. I was talking to Patrick the boatman for the Pedwell syndicate on Monday and he told me that his rods had had a salmon and a sea trout for the day, with Ladykirk and Horncliffe also getting a fish each. On Saturday I met Mel who is the ghillie for Pedwell on the four days the syndicate doesn't have access and he told me he'd seen a shoal, which included some big salmon, swimming upstream over the ford above Blount Island. We were standing just below Norham Bridge in the afternoon watching his rods fishing from the boat. Unfortunately we had arrived just too late to see them land a salmon of about 8 lbs. but could see that they were pretty pleased, as was Mel. I was lucky enough to land a bright, lively, little grilse of about 5lbs. myself on Tuesday morning at half past nine, just before it all became too hot. I was fishing at Ladykirk opposite Pedwell when it took a small Black Francis conehead on a sink tip line. After a brief but exciting fight, it was landed and then returned safely. One of the Horncliffe rods also had a fish that day and although I did continue into the afternoon it really became too hot and sticky. Milne Graden rods had a salmon and a couple of sea trout on Saturday and I see that Ladykirk rods managed to tempt at least one sea trout each day, but no more salmon. The forecasters predict that things will cool down in the coming week with the possibility of rain showers, but nothing too drastic and with continued sightings of fish coming into the system, there is hope for a better week.

Fishpal's Anne Woodcock was at Middle Pavillion for the ladies day on Saturday and had this to report.
Six ladies travelled from as far as Inverness for a charity ladies salmon day on Saturday at Middle Pavilion with Mick Charlton. Three fish were hooked but sadly none came to the net. The event raised £650 for Cancer Research UK. Fish were hooked and lost in the morning on the rising water and fish were also seen running.

Anglers venturing out in the evening were not disappointing in the amount of “follows” they were getting, but catching and landing was a completely different kettle of fish.

Always tough in true summer like conditions, I am reminded that it wasn't all that long ago we didn't fish the summer months at all - I guess we should remember that as we plan our fishing - sticking to early morning and late at night still the most productive approach and don't forget the sea trout!

Mike has a trout update.
Water temperature has continued to rise and until Saturday the levels had continued to drop. Clear, low water can make fishing hard but there have still been decent numbers of trout caught on heavy nymphs as well as some good grayling. The grayling usually start to show in Summer when more anglers turn to heavy nymphs. Grayling will fight to a standstill, so please try to land them as quickly as you possibly can if you do hook one. It's also very important to make sure they have fully recovered before you release them. Take them out into the current and don't let them go until you are absolutely certain that they're ready to go. Hold them around the wrist of the tail with one hand and support the fish under it's belly with the other, but make sure not to squeeze the fish. Don't move the fish back and forward, just hold it in the current with it's nose pointing upstream until it's ready to swim off strongly.
There have been some tremendous feeding spells going into the dark with the trout taking emerging sedges. It doesn't happen every night, but if you're lucky enough to be on the water when it does the sport can be frantic. Best fly I've used during one of these hatches was a hare's ear emerger.

Tight Lines

Beat catches reported
(week ending 4th July)
SALMON & GRILSE: Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 2, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 6, Hendersyde 1, Junction 3, Rutherford 1, Upper Tindal 1.
Total: 17 Largest: Tillmouth 9lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 6, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 2, Rutherford 2, Bemersyde 1, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Upper Tindal 4, Ford 3, Redscar 5.
Total: 31 Largest: Hendersyde 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

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 13, Drygrange 5, Tweedswood 6, Lower Pavilion 13, Middle Pavilion 14, Boleside 13, BlueStone 7, Upper Tindal 2. Total: 398
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 12, 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: 259

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