(Last updated: Monday 16th April)
The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 9" and the water temperature is 44.
Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Lower Birgham, West Learmouth beats, with a few fish moving up past Kelso, the Upper Dryburgh beat should have a chance of a springer this week.
The forecast this coming week, rather cloudy and windy on Tuesday with rain or drizzle at times, and it will feel rather cool in the fresh southerly winds. Any early rain on Wednesday will soon clear, with most of the day dry and sunny, although still rather breezy. It will be very mild. Thursday will be a fine and dry day with light southerly winds, and it will be rather warm.
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Most beats will be fishing various sinking density lines with poly leaders on the end at the time of year it has to be a Black and Yellow and if that fails a Yellow and Black! Copper tubes around 1.5" should be the order of the day, some anglers are choosing to fish more with Aluminium tubes and using the fly line to get down. Pattern's I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Posh Tosh, Gledswood Shrimp and Spring Ghillie 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, the Salmo Toby, Devon Minnow fished nice and slow 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.