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(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 email@example.com , 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!
An end of season report will appear here shortly.Catches reported to us were: