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 1st September)

A slower week on Tweedside this week after the last 2 weeks catches were over 200 salmon each week. Falling river heights and a settled forecast had river levels drop back to summer levels and this affected catches on the middle river beats with the low water suiting the Lower river, and the catches reflected this, until rain in the west of the catchment on Friday had levels rising on Tweed and Ettrick and this affected catches on Saturday on the middle river, as the river rose to 1ft 6" at Boleside, with most of this extra water coming down the Ettrick and was heavily peat stained.

I spoke with Colin Pringle, ghillie at Makerstoun and he reported that it was a quiet week on their beats, but one of the two fish reported on Friday, was a lovely fresh fish around 11lbs, and even in the low water, some fish will push upstream.

I spoke with Mr Barry Hartle, who was fishing on Lower Mertoun, as part of Mr Dave Wallace`s party and he managed to hook and land a coloured fish on Wednesday around 12lbs, but this was on a borrowed rod as he managed to break his rod earlier that day, but Ron Holloway came to the rescue and gave him one too use, not only that but he also told him where to fish, where after only a few casts he hooked his fish...!!! Happy Days.

Hopefully next week will see a return in increased catches following Saturdays extra water with fish making there way upriver.


River levels were 6" Steady at Boleside, 8" Steady at Sprouston and 8" steady at Norham.
There were 22 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Tillmouth Catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.


River levels were down a couple of inches from Monday.
There were 21 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with West Learmouth, catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Lower Birgham reported a 10lb Sea Trout.


There were 10 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported with Tillmouth, Birgham Dub and Rutherford sharing the biggest fish at 9lbs.


River levels were now down to 3" at Boleside, 4" at Sprouston and 6" at Norham. Although levels would rise slightly throughout the day by a couple of inches.
There were 20 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout reported, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 12lbs.


River levels were to rise slowly by a few inches, with road washings coming in following heavy rain showers in the morning, but this would clear during the day. But the Ettrick and Upper Tweed would continue to rise in the afternoon and colour up by the evening.
There were 11 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Upper Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.


River levels were 1ft 6" and falling at Boleside, 1ft 4" rising at Sprouston.
and the river was carrying a lot of colour, but this would clear as the day continued, to leave a heavy peat stain.
There were 17 Salmon and 23 Sea Trout reported, with Boleside catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Middle Pavilion reported a 10lb Sea Trout.

Total for the week was 101 Salmon and 34 Sea Trout.

Iain Wilson.
Borders Gunroom.

Beat catches reported
(week ending 30th August)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Horncliffe 9, Ladykirk Lower 2, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 5, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 15, West Learmouth 4, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 5, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 7, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 2, Bemersyde 1, Ravenswood 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, Ashiestiel 2, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 3, Lower Tindal 2, Upper Tindal 1, Redscar 2.
Total: 101 Largest: Tillmouth & West Learmouth & Boleside 14lbs
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 3, Pedwell 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 7, Lower Birgham 1, Birgham Dub 2, Junction 3, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 3, Lower Tindal 1.
Total: 34 Largest: Lower Birgham & Middle Pavilion 10lbs
TROUT: None reported

Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.

This Season so far

Report due soon.

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