(Last updated: Tuesday 26th August)
Another week on Tweedside with over 200 Salmon reported from Fairnilee down to Tweedhill at the bottom of river. The cooler weather and the colder water temperature has certainly woke the fish up and also encouraged fish to enter the river. As the river levels have dropped over the course of the week, catches have been spread around the Kelso area and downstream to the lower river, but fresh fish were still being caught around the St,Boswells area on Thursday as I heard reports of fresh grilse and an 18lb fish being taken on the Mertoun Beats.
I spoke with Craig Walker, head ghillie on Sprouston and he told me that the fish that Mr Bob Ellis and party were catching this week were mostly fresh and liced and were around the 10-12lb class, with some up to 14lbs, and were taken on small cascades. The Beats total for the week was 36 Salmon (15 on Monday), which is outstanding for a 2 rod beat in August, I know that Bob Ellis had a smile on his face all week and rightly so.
I fished with Simon Cotton and Ralph Brown on Saturday on Birgham Dub and they had a successful 2 days ( Thursday and Saturday) Friday was blank due to a rising river levels. Simon hooked and landed a Fresh Salmon estimated at 27lbs which was returned. Between them they finished with 9 Salmon ( mostly fresh and double figures) and a Sea Trout. I managed to hook and land a 10lb coloured Sea Trout and had a hold of two Salmon which both dropped off after a few head shakes. On Saturday we saw a number of fresh fish moving through the beat all day.
It was good to see that the lower river beats are still picking up a number of fish as I heard that there were more fish hooked than were getting landed on some beats, a sign that fresh fish are running into the river. These fish will push upriver and will start to stock lower river beats, unless we have a lift in river levels that may encourage them upriver. The smaller Grilse will still push upstream as they do not require the higher river levels to travel between pools.
River Levels were 8" at Boleside and 10" at Sprouston.
There were 81 Salmon and 15 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 22lbs.
Ravenswood reported a 9lb Sea Trout.
There were 44 salmon and 10 Sea Trout reported, with Tillmouth catching the biggest fish at 19lbs.
Ravenswood reported a 10lb Sea Trout.
River levels were down 2" from Mondays levels.
There were 38 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.
There was light rain with heavy showers over the borders which would have levels rising during Friday morning.
There were 30 Salmon and a Sea Trout reported, with Birgham Dub catching the biggest fish at 27lbs.
A Very slow rising river throughout the day affected catches, mostly in the afternoon from Kelso downstream, with most fish caught in the morning.
There were 25 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.
River levels were dropping after the previous days small rise in levels.
There were 22 salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
Birgham Dub reported a 10lb Sea Trout.
Total for week 240 Salmon and 39 Sea Trout.
Report due soon.