No Guides / Instructors / Sub-letting or re-selling of Tweedswood Fishing.
Tweedswood Fishing can supply extra Ghillie(s) if required.
Kevin Patterson, Tweedswood head ghillie, is a qualified instructor should instruction and/or tuition be required.
ALWAYS shut gates behind you - Even if it was open when you found it.
ALWAYS take all litter home with you.
Please be careful where you park your car. Tweedswood is fortunate in having great vehicular access to the water and is well served with convenient car parking, including that at the fishing hut. NEVER park in front of gates or other places of access.
While Fishing NEVER go in below a angler coming down a pool. Always go in from above.
NEVER crowd a fellow angler ! It's bad manners, dangerous and unnecessary
If asked to finish fishing at a certain beat at a certain time, please observe these times.
Any coloured or large hen salmon are the future of our sport, so please endeavour to return them safely to the water at all cost. If badly hooked, simply cut the line off as near to the mouth as possible leaving the hook inside. The digestive juices will soon break the hook or fly down, giving the fish every chance to carry on up stream and spawn.
Tweedswood is a Spring conservation minded beat, and works on a very strict, "First salmon back - Second you keep" basis throughout the Spring. In this way, we keep the natural balance of the river and ensure sport for the next Spring.
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