(Last updated: Sunday 22nd April)
The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 6" and the water temperature is 50.
Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the West Learmouth beat, with a few fish moving up past Kelso, the Upper Dryburgh & Lower Dryburgh beats should have a chance of a springer this week.
The forecast this coming week, Tuesday will be breezy, with some sunny spells but also a scattering of showers from the west. Showers may merge into longer spells of rain overnight, but confidence is low. Wednesday will see widespread heavy and thundery showers developing, with some sunshine in-between too. Showers slowly easing overnight. Banks of cloud and further blustery showers on Thursday too.
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With water levels finally starting to drop in and water temperatures starting to rise Floating or Intermediate lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment. Aluminium or Copper tubes around 1" should be the order of the day, some anglers may prefer a big dressed fly around a size 6 or 8. Pattern's I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Girnel Shrimp, Gledswood Shrimp and Underghillie should bring success. A wee personal favourite of mine is the Black and Yellow Samurai Shrimp at this time of year. If you like to give the spinner a go, Rapala, Toby or Flying C should bring results.
As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you're needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk
Kent with his 2018 Feb srpinger from Lower-Floors.