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(Last updated: Monday 25th July)
Well last week was busy for Kelso with Civic Week beginning on Monday then ending on Saturday with a great turn for the Yetholm ride-out, but not so busy for the fishing I'm afraid. With numerous ride-outs and festivities during the week, we were blessed with good weather for the riders (apart from when the heavens opened on Wednesday and thunderstorms followed). The river did rise by approx 18" not enough to make a great difference to the river, though hopefully it may have encouraged a few more fresh fish into the river system. Some days we had clear blue skies with bright sunshine, not ideal fishing conditions, but great BBQ weather! There seems to be less fishing pressure on the river currently, surprising as most beats are very affordable at this time of year!
One would expect beats around Coldstream to be the best bet, however looking at Saturdays catches this theory is totally thrown out of the ball park with fish coming from beats up as far as Bemersyde & Rutherford. Upper Makerstoun recorded 4 on Saturday, and 7 for the week, just goes to show it's worth a punt at this time of year. Salmon totals for the week from recording beats came to 62, which is okay considering Wednesday and Thursday were unfishable for majority of beats. Top beats for the week came from Upper Makerstoun (7) and Boleside (5) & Boleside with the largest catch of 18lbs. Seatrout catches for the week came to 44 from recording beats, with the largest coming from Tillmouth and Rutherford with 10lbs.
Ideally shorter double handed rods 12' and 13', or even a single handed 10' rod would work best currently. Using floating line with tapered leaders, along with small dressed flies or even a micro conehead. Best flies for seatrout are goat toe and chernoybl ant, both worth a cast in the evening in the faster water on your beat. Trout fishing had slower recently, however there have been some good sedge hatches, so an invicta or dry sedge is worth a go.
Weather for the week begins dry for Kelso moving into sunshine & heavier showers come Thursday/Friday/Saturday. Temperatures will fluctuate between 13-17 degrees for the week, beginning warmer then moving into the colder temperatures with the rain. Peebles forecast is similar with sporadic showers through the week and Thursday afternoon through to Friday morning forecasting heavy rain.
If anyone wants to report their catches this week, please feel free to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org , tel 01573 225306 or pop into our new shop in Kelso - 13 Bridge Street - for a chat or if you have time a cup of tea/coffee! Wishing everyone a great week on the
river and tight lines from Tim and the Tweedside Tackle team for another week!
To be updated soon.Catches reported to us were: