When to fish
Length of season
The Tweed, alongside the River Nith, can boast the longest season of any Salmon River in this country. The season begins on the 1st of February and runs right through to the 30th of November, with fishing available from Monday through to Saturday (no Sunday fishing).
The length of the season is indeed a complement to the numbers of migratory fish that run the Tweed system and good sport can be enjoyed from the first to the very last day of the season.
Spring fishing opens up on the river on the 1st of February and although not for the faint hearted, this month can offer the salmon angler a good chance of catching a Tweed 'Springer'. From the 15th of the month it is also possible to spin for salmon for those who prefer this method or for those who would like a brief rest from fly-fishing.
March sees the beginning of true spring with trees starting to bud heavily and the water temperature beginning to rise steadily. With the increased temperatures and longer daylight hours, salmon begin moving more freely through the beats and Middle Tweed should begin to enjoy increased catches.
April and May tend to be the months of transition on the river when often the cream of the Spring fishing can be enjoyed. Sink tips, intermediates and full floating lines become the most effective fly lines for presenting the fly to the salmon. As the water begins to warm up through May, classic floating line techniques with small flies close to the surface, can induce some heart-stopping sport.