(Last updated: Monday 2nd December)
This week saw an improvement in catches from the previous week with 341 Salmon and 12 Sea Trout reported. It was interesting to see that catches were still spread throughout the system, with the upper and middle
river continuing to pick away, considering that river levels were starting to get on the low side for some of these beats.
The lower river continued to have good catches which is surprising as normally things would be very quiet towards the end of the season, but I was still hearing reports of fresh sea liced fish being caught.
Once again we had some big fish feature in the catch returns with fish reported from 20lbs through to a 30lb fish caught at Glenormiston on Tuesday.
During the last couple of weeks I had reports of some Salmon Kelts being caught and a few more of these were appearing this week, along with reports of Sea Trout Kelts seen splashing around in the tails of pools on some beats on middle river.
The day started with frosty and bright conditions and continued for the rest of the day, winds were light and variable, and we had a stunning sunset to finish with.
There were 67 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported, with Hendersyde catching the biggest fish at 26lbs.
The day started with bright and frosty conditions, and again we finished the day with another fantastic Sunset.
There were 78 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout reported with Glenormiston catching the biggest fish at 30lbs.
The day started with mild conditions and dry and bright overhead conditions, winds were light and from a westerly direction.
There were 66 Salmon reported with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 26lbs.
The day started with mild conditions, but as the morning continued there was a cool NE wind that had temperatures falling by the afternoon and this seemed to put the fish off, with only 39 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 23lbs.
The day started with a cool breeze which picked up as the day went on and made fishing difficult due to strong gusting conditions. There was a notable drop in temperature. with the wind making it feel a lot colder.
There were 43 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported, with Lower Birgham catching the biggest fish at 22lbs.
The day started with Frosty and bright conditions and light to moderate wind from a westerly direction. There was a slight increase in daytime temperature as it was a nice sunny day, and there was a slight increase in catches to end the season. There were 48 salmon reported with Birgham Dub and Tweedswood sharing the biggest fish at 20lbs.
Details for the 2013 season will appear in due course.
For 2012 season, the River Tweed Commission released its figures for the river as a whole in early March 2013 at their AGM.
14,556 Salmon were reported caught in 2012 (20,836 in 2011) of which 1,371 (4,154) were
caught by nets and 13,185 (16,682) by rod and line. 65%, 8,581 fish, of the total rod catch was returned (68%, 2011). Both nets and rods caught significantly fewer fish than the previous five-year averages being 3,968 and 16,081 respectively. However 2012 produced the second highest catch of Spring Salmon in the last 30 years, with the catch more evenly spread over the first three months of the season in this year.
3,314 Sea-trout were reported caught in the 2012 season (5,608 in 2011), of which 1,162 were by net and 2,152 by rod. The net catch was very low, and particularly so for the river nets (371). As with Salmon, the net catch was significantly below the previous five-year average catch of 3,737. 949 (44%) rod-caught Sea-trout were retuned in the year; this compares with 34% in 2011.
The full text of the annual report can be seen by going to this page
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