Tackle to bring
Depending on which month of the season you fish the river, will directly determine the appropriate tackle you will need to bring. As a brief guidance, 15ft-16ft fly rods will find general use up and down the river throughout the season, but smaller rods in the summer months often find favour for grilse and sea trout fishing.
As for correct density of fly lines, again time of year will decide this but a floating line, a sink tip or intermediate, and a fast sinking line (2/3" per sec) will cover most eventualities. Care should be taken to balance your fly rod with the appropriate weight of fly line to maximise your water coverage.
A fully automatic lifejacket should be seen as a necessity when either fishing from a boat or wading in the river. Many beats now provide lifejackets for their guests' use and you will be strongly recommended to use this facility by your boatman or ghillie. Some form of eye protection is strongly recommended, whether in the shape polarised sunglasses or clear safety glasses to protect your eyes whilst fly fishing.
A strong, sturdy wading stick is also highly recommended on an angler's 'must have' list and the additional support it provides when fishing through a pool, inspires a more confident wade. Make sure the end is weighted and has a rubber stopper to minimise noise and vibration as you wade down through a pool.
It is impossible to give a definitive summary of tackle to bring for your visit to Tweedside. Time of year, water height and water temperature are all deciding factors on which tactics to use for any given day on the Tweed. For more detailed and accurate information about the tackle and safety equipment you will need (ie lifejackets, safety glasses etc), please contact your boatman or ghillie after your fishing has been booked.
Visiting and local anglers are able to purchase tackle from local tackle shops and mail order outlets. Those marked with an asterisk (*) in the next column also hire out equipment.
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