1. The season is from 1st February to 30th November and there is no fishing on Sundays.
2. During the normal letting season from the opening of the season until the second to last full week of August, and in November, Tillmouth is fished as six one rod beats. Rods rotate one beat each day so that someone fishing the whole week will fish every beat.
3. From the last full week of August to the end of October, Tillmouth is fished by the owners using a different rotation system. Very occasionally some rods may become available during this period.
4. A boatman is provided for each beat. However, if the 6th rod is not paid for by midday the previous day a boatman for this 6th rod is not guaranteed (however all reasonable endeavours to provide a boatman will be made).
5. A draw for the beats will take place at the Bridge Hut immediately below the Coldstream Bridge, on the A697 on the South Bank, at 09.00am on Monday mornings. The draw is final and rods not present will be drawn by Head Boatman Willy Elliot. It is the responsibility of the rods to be present for the draw. In the event of absence there will not be a second draw. Any rods not fishing a full week will fit in with the drawn position of the rod they replace.
5. Fishing will commence after the draw unless otherwise agreed. It is recognised that during summer months the best chance of catching a salmon may be in the early and late hours of light. Discretion on the starting and finishing time may be given by the boatmen. A rod is not permitted to fish early or late without first obtaining permission.
6. Each rod will finish on the pool allotted in the pm period. It is not permissible to change pools after 5pm.
7. It is not permissible to transfer a rod to any third party once the paying rod has stopped fishing OTHER than to the boatman accompanying the rod or an owner if available.
8. In accordance with normal Tweed Rules, Tillmouth is fly only 1 February-15 February and 14 September-30 November. The pools Long Stream and Border Maid are fly only in the mornings throughout the season. No prawns, worms, shrimps or gaffs can be used at any time.
9. During the periods when spinning is permitted fishing should be by fly initially if conditions are appropriate. The use of the spinner will be supervised by the attending boatman and its use will be at his discretion and dependent upon conditions. Rods should only use "flying condoms" if fitted with a single hook. Single hook "flying condoms" can be obtained from the boatmen or from various online retailers.
10. Tillmouth observes various rota arrangements with its neighbours. The boatmen will guide the rods on the observation and compliance with these rotas.
11. The boats are to be used by the boatmen only and not by rods after 5pm.
12. Rods must obey the law in relation to catch and release of all salmon and sea trout before the end of March, and Tweed Rules and Codes relating to the catch and
release of all salmon between the beginning of April and the end of June. See: Tweed Conditions
13. Tillmouth also encourages catch and release throughout the season. Rods should familiarise themselves with the guidance "Catch and Release for Salmon an Anglers Guide" this page Rods will be encouraged to return all hens. To assist successful catch and release treble hooks are discouraged.
14. For the avoidance of doubt the Tweed best practice guidance that no salmon may be killed between 1st April and the end of June will be applied as a rule. Every effort must be made in accordance with the code to resuscitate a fish, but even if despite those efforts it seems likely that the fish will not survive it should be returned to the water unless it is dead. Fish may not be killed e.g. by being hit on the head.
15. If a fish is deep hooked then consideration must be given to cutting the line and leaving the hook or fly in the fish. Fishermen should accept their boatman's advice on this.
16. If a dead fish is taken from the river it can in no circumstances be retained by the fisherman. The fish will become the property of the owners and will be offered to the Tweed Biologist for scientific analysis.
17. Anglers who comply with the Tweed Codes may order a Tweed shirt from The Tweed Foundation. Forms are in the main Hut.
18. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus Salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen at
19. All rods MUST return a signed declaration against Gyrodactylus Salaris and give it to the attending boatman before fishing, without which they will not be allowed to commence fishing. Any rods from abroad should arrive early to allow for their equipment to be fully disinfected or the attending boatman will supervise use of the Estate's equipment.
20. When fishing life jackets should be worn and are available on request without charge. Prior to fishing ALL anglers MUST sign the disclaimer provided in relation to the
wearing of live jackets, without which they will not be allowed to commence fishing.
1. To help prevent an outbreak of Gyrodactylus salaris which has had catastrophic effects on some foreign rivers, all rods fishing must complete a Gyrodactylus declaration on arrival at the fishery. This states that either you have not used your fishing tackle abroad in the last three months, or you have done so and had it properly sterilised, or you have done so and NOT had it sterilised. In the latter case, you must agree to sterilisation taking place before you start fishing, and accept that there may be some delay in getting this organised. A copy of the declaration form can be seen at: this page
2. The season is from 1st February to 30th November and there is no fishing on Sundays.
3. On or before 14th February and on or after 15th September it is fly only. At other times you are asked to have a good try with a fly first, and only resort to a spinner if you really have to in the very last part of your visit.
4. No prawns, worms, shrimps or gaffs can be used at any time.
5. SPRING SALMON & SEA-TROUT. LAW:
It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
SPRING SALMON TWEED RULES:
These Rules apply to all Salmon and Grilse (not Seatrout)
for the period 1st April to 30th June each year on
the whole of the Tweed catchment.
• Anglers must return to the water ALL Salmon and
Grilse caught up to the end of June, unharmed.
• Every effort must be taken by the angler and
boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught.
SALMON CAUGHT AFTER 30TH JUNE:
• Salmon caught after 30th June should be returned
if they are not fresh (i.e. not silver) and therefore
likely to be Spring stock.
Every effort must be taken by the angler and boatman to allow fish to recover after being caught; only those fish that have actually died in the course of resuscitation may be removed from the water. No one is allowed to dispatch a fish, e.g. by use of a priest. On no account may any fish be killed.
Fish that have died will be the property of the Fishery Proprietors to dispose of as is seen appropriate however, fish that have died should be used to further the scientific knowledge of our Spring stock. The beat MUST therefore:
* Keep a record that a fish has not been able to be revived, and
* Provide The Tweed Foundation with the length, weight, scales, and any tissue samples they require from the dead fish.
6. HOOK TYPE: The use of barbless hooks is encouraged, especially for Spring fishing. Flatten or remove barbs to make hook removal easier and to cause less damage and stress to the fish.
7. Anglers are expected to comply with the Code of Good Angling Practice produced by the RTC which can be seen at: this page
There is a weight/length chart available on the RTC website at: this page
Anglers returning Salmon before 30th June may order a 'Spring Salmon' shirt (restricted to two per person per season) from The Tweed Foundation by making a donation - see details under 'Claims' section of the Spring leaflet which can be seen at: href="http:/ target="new">this page