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 24th November)

Another week of unsettled river conditions and low catches to report. We finished the week on 76 Salmon and 15 Sea Trout ( last week 127 Salmon and 17 Sea Trout). Fish numbers are still low for the time of year, and there are a number of Salmon and Sea Trout Kelts being caught now as well. Rising levels on Tuesday and Saturday affected catches on these days, but heavy showers locally had some of the small streams and burns come into the main river carrying colour and this did not help this weeks catches. There were only 4 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported below Kelso this week with a number of beats not fishing. Catches were better on Middle to Upper Tweed with a few fresh fish being reported as far as Galashiels.
I spoke to Charles Jeffrey who was fishing at Bemersyde on Wednesday and managed to hook and land a couple of fish , both were coloured and returned. He unexpectedly popped into the shop on Friday whilst fishing Upper Pavilion, while he was threading his line up his rod that morning, the top 10 inch of his rod broke. I gave him a rod to use, and 1 hour later he phoned to say he had caught a fresh wee grilse, he also had a hold of another two fish, one of which was a fair size but both dropped off after a few minutes.All of his fish were taken on a Comet.
Bemersyde also caught a few fresh fish this week, fishing with fast sink lines and big tubes doing the business.
Cooler overnight temperatures on Thursday seemed to switch some fish on, as Friday was the best day of the week with 21 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported. One of these Sea Trout was a monster, weighing 20lbs and was caught at Birgham Dub. This must the biggest Sea Trout off the Tweed for a number of years, possibly ever, and i am not aware of a Sea Trout this big being reported in the UK for sometime. Congratulations to the Captor on landing the Sea Trout of a lifetime.

Monday.

There were 15 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout reported, with Holylee catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.

Tuesday

Heavy rain would affect river levels through the course of the day, and cause the river to colour up.
There were 8 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout reported, with Ashiesteil catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.

Wednesday.

River levels were falling, and the river would clear as the day went on.
There were 13 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported, with Tweedswood catching the biggest fish at 16lbs.

Thursday.

There were 11 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported, with Glenormiston catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.

Friday.

There were 21 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tweedswood catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.
Birgham Dub reported a 20lb !!! Sea Trout.

Saturday.

River levels would creep up a few inches throughout the morning and this affected catches.
There were 8 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Fairnill and Glenormiston sharing the biggest fish at 12lbs.

Iain Wilson
Borders Gunroom.


Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd November)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 1, Upper North Wark 3, Junction 4, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 6, Dryburgh Upper 2, Bemersyde 11, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 2, Boleside 5, Sunderland Hall 1, Fairnilee 3, Nest 6, Ashiestiel 2, Holylee 3, Traquair 7, Glenormiston 3, Cardrona 2, Horsbrugh 1, Dawyck 2.
Total: 76 Largest: Tweedswood 17lbs
SEA TROUT: Birgham Dub 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Dryburgh Upper 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, Sunderland Hall 1, Nest 1, Traquair 1, Glenormiston 1, Horsbrugh 5, Dawyck 1.
Total: 15 Largest: Birgham Dub 20lbs
TROUT: None reported




Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

An end of season report will be listed.



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.

Salmon
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.

Sea-Trout
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