Upper North Wark conditions

FishPal conditions

Bookings made through FishPal's help desk or on line booking system are subject to FishPal's standard conditions. If you haven't already read these, you can see them here

Fishery conditions


1 Please meet the Ghillie at 9 am at the main hut. The car park for this is situated adjoining the A698 Coldstream to Kelso road, about 2 miles east of Birgham.

2 .Please ensure that you ring him before you come, so he knows that he has to meet you and can advise you on the correct equipment to bring. Please remember that it is customary to give him a tip at the end of your fishing and also that he gets the full details of any fish caught. If you have any problems with your fishing, please tell the Ghillie straightaway.

3 Fishing is from 9am to 5pm with the Ghillie having an hour off at lunch time. There will be flexibility during the summer, especially if the Ghillie is able to work some evenings instead of mornings, but there is no obligation on him to do so.
Given reasonable notice a second ghillie will be provided. Where bookings are made over night or up to one week prior to the booked date every endeavour will be made to provide a second ghillie.

4 No Sunday fishing.

5 The Ghillies decision is final in all matters including safety aspects which relate to this fishery. In conditions of high water/a rising river and/or high winds, it will be left for the ghillie to decide if it is safe to use boats or to fish.

6 Remember the main regulations which apply to the River Tweed: Fly only on or before 14 February and on or after 15 September. It is illegal to sell fish in any form. No prawns, worms or shrimps can be used at any time and gaffs are banned. The Tweed Angling Code also applies.

7 The River Tweed Commissioners Spring Salmon Conservation rules are mandatory on this beat and apply from 1 February to 30 June inclusive.

8 Under Health & Safety guidelines, owners are required to provide life jackets for all those fishing and to recommend their use. We have therefore provided the latest type of compact life jacket, which will not impair your ability to fish in comfort, and we strongly advise that you wear one when fishing. In the event that tenants decide not to make use of the lifejackets provided, tenants must sign the disclaimer option on the declaration form issued by the boatman before being permitted on the river.

9 No liability shall be incurred by the owners for any loss, damage or injury however caused to the angler or his guest and their property during the period of the let with or without any negligence on the part of the owners and their employees.

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Tweed conditions

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.

It is now illegal to take any Salmon or Sea-trout, dead
or alive, from 1st February to 31st March each year.
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 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