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Last week

(Last updated: Monday 25th September)

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 23rd September

Unsettled water seems to be the regular phrase this season with another week with 2 lifts in the levels followed by a few days of grubby dark water. Old fish continue to be seen in most beats with some reports of fresh fish been seen but running with their heads down. With the recent rises the fish are pushing towards the upper river with the bulk of the weekly catch just now been caught above Kelso.


Mr Nick Bateman fishing on Middle Pavilion landed 2 fish on Monday and followed them up with an 18lb fish from the Boat Sheil on Wednesday.


296 Salmon and 27 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 25lb Salmon caught on the Fairnilee Beat.



Above Kelso 118 Salmon were reported with the best of the catches made on the Mertoun Beats 17, Rutherford 12, Makerstoun Beats 7, Upper Floors 14 & Lower Floors with 10.


Bemersyde Head Ghillie Mr Ian Farr reports "Where are all the fresh fish? Just old fish here"
Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports "6 for the week, a fresh one would be nice"
Between Kelso and Coldstream 115 Salmon were reported with Junction 16, Upper Hendersyde 7, Hendersyde 9, Sprouston 13, Birgham Dub 14, Lower North Wark 13, South Wark 10, West Learmouth 15 & Lees 14 having the better of the fishing.


Upper Hendersyde Head Boatman Mr Robert Jewels reports "Good and bad lost a few fish at the start of the week. Friday was difficult in coloured water. Ended the week with 7 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout, all coloured (Returned) Highlight was Mr Charlie Sabel landing his first ever salmon on Saturday morning then followed it up with 2 Sea Trout"
Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports "Another frustrating week of fishing unsettles water. We managed 9 for the week but unfortunately nothing fresh. Have been seeing the odd fresh fish but they've got the heads down"


On Upper North Wark, A very frustrating week saw a few fish on the move after the rises Monday and Friday but very quiet in between. Good effort from the rods with no reward.

Mr Douglas Aitken fishing at Cornhill reports "A very enjoyable time spent at Cornhill on Tweed. Both Brendan and Tam try so hard to make the day the best it can be it's hard to fish when you are laughing so hard in the boat! River was up and down and running a lot of colour which made it tricky at best! We managed to find one silver tourist"


Below Coldstream 33 Salmon were landed with the best of the catches coming from Tillmouth 7 and Ladykirk Beats with 11.

Milne Graden Head Boatman Mr Kevin Wright reports "5th cast on Monday morning we landed a 20lbwe, lost 2 in the afternoon. Lost 1 on Tuesday and got an old hen fish mid-week"



Ladykirk Head Ghillie Mr Matthi Viethen reports "Finished the week with 11 up to 18lb (fresh hen, landed 200m downstream (well done James & Iain) and returned), and 5 & 6lb freshish sea trout. Managed to lose 5 too on Saturday, including big coloured fish (broken), and 8lb fresh."



On the tributaries, the main beats on the Till were quieter this week with Lower Tindal 1 and Redscar and Upper Tindal 1.

Mr David Cowan of Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary reports" Whiteadder started the week with a ft above normal tinted by the Blackadder and in perfect condition. That resulted in 5 salmon for Monday and as the water dropped away we had 1 salmon for Tuesday, 2 for Wednesday, 1 for Thursday and 1 on Friday. Levels back down to 6 inches to start next week but still peaty and in good condition."

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft and the water temperature is 51.



Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would suggest Upper Hendersyde and Lower Birgham beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.


The forecast this coming week looks rather unsettled with some rain forecast on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with mostly wind coming from the south east.


As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have information and photo's you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


Water temperatures are starting to cool down dressed flies in sizes 8 or 10, if you prefer tubes over dressed flies 3/4" and 1" should be about right. Copper Cascade, Tritton Shrimp, Newtyle Shrimp, Ghillie, Pot Belly Pig, Snaelda, Red Frances. As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If your needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk

Season So Far catches
Total catch last week: 296 Salmon 27 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 4,449 Salmon and 1,515 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 25lb Bemersyde & Fairnilee)
(Biggest Sea Trout 15lb Bemersyde)


Beat catches reported
(week ending 23rd September)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 3, Ladykirk Lower 10, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, The Boathouse and Canny 7, Milne Graden 2, Tillmouth 7, West Learmouth 15, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 14, Sprouston 13, Hendersyde 9, Upper Hendersyde 7, Junction 16, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 12, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 1, Drygrange 4, Tweedswood 9, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 12, Fairnilee 3, Nest 6, Ashiestiel 3, Traquair 1, Cardrona 1, BDAA Whiteadder 10, BlueStone 1, Lower Tindal 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 1.
Total: 198 Largest: Fairnilee 25lbs
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk Lower 1, Ladykirk 1, Upper Hendersyde 5, Rutherford 2, Boleside 1, Nest 2, Ashiestiel 2, Holylee 1, BlueStone 1.
Total: 16 Largest: Holylee 9lbs
TROUT: None reported



Fishing on the River Tweed

Downstream from Coldstream Bridge.



This Season so far

See also the charts on our Season so far page

To be updated soon.

Catches reported to us were:

February
SALMON & GRILSE: West Learmouth 2, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 8, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 4, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 17, Upper Makerstoun 1, Rutherford 3, Dryburgh Lower 2, Drygrange 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 1. Total: 49
SEA TROUT: Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 2, Dryburgh Lower 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 11

March
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 1, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 8, Lower Birgham 4, Birgham Dub 4, Sprouston 10, Hendersyde 14, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 71, Lower Makerstoun 7, Upper Makerstoun 7, Rutherford 11, Dryburgh Lower 2, Dryburgh Upper 3, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 1, Boleside 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, BlueStone 2. Total: 160
SEA TROUT: Ladykirk 1, Upper North Wark 3, Sprouston 1, Junction 4, Dryburgh Lower 1, BDAA Whiteadder 1. Total: 11

April
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 11, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 13, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 12, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 2, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 26, Hendersyde 13, Upper Hendersyde 8, Junction 30, Lower Makerstoun 7, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 13, Dryburgh Lower 4, Dryburgh Upper 4, Bemersyde 8, Tweedswood 1, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 5, Boleside 4, BDAA Whiteadder 1, BlueStone 3, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2. Total: 190
SEA TROUT: Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 3, Lower Birgham 2, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 2, Lower Tindal 2. Total: 12

May
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 43, Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 5, Ladykirk 38, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 5, Tillmouth 29, West Learmouth 6, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 8, Birgham Dub 25, Sprouston 29, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 11, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 2, Dryburgh Lower 7, Dryburgh Upper 5, Bemersyde 3, Tweedswood 5, Lower Pavilion 7, Middle Pavilion 9, Boleside 13, Sunderland Hall 1. Total: 324
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 8, Milne Graden 11, Tillmouth 18, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 9, Lower Birgham 3, Sprouston 2, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 1, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, Tiptoe 2. Total: 65

June
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 15, Pedwell 2, Ladykirk 22, Milne Graden 9, Tillmouth 24, West Learmouth 14, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 38, Sprouston 41, Hendersyde 37, Upper Hendersyde 17, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 14, Rutherford 24, Dryburgh Lower 5, Dryburgh Upper 10, Bemersyde 6, Drygrange 1, Tweedswood 17, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 3, Sunderland Hall 1, BDAA Whiteadder 6, BlueStone 3, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1, Monteviot 5. Total: 384
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk 5, Milne Graden 7, Tillmouth 14, West Learmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Lower Birgham 6, Birgham Dub 15, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 10, Junction 33, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 2, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 1, Middle Pavilion 2, Boleside 3, Nest 1, Ashiestiel 2, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 11, Lower Tindal 12, Redscar and Upper Tindal 13, Monteviot 5. Total: 167

July
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Pedwell 3, Ladykirk 32, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 10, Tillmouth 38, West Learmouth 42, Upper North Wark 10, Lower Birgham 20, Birgham Dub 46, Sprouston 41, Hendersyde 37, Upper Hendersyde 10, Junction 42, Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Makerstoun 4, Rutherford 27, Dryburgh Lower 10, Dryburgh Upper 9, Bemersyde 15, Drygrange 2, Tweedswood 11, Lower Pavilion 9, Middle Pavilion 10, Boleside 7, Nest 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 15, BlueStone 7, Tiptoe 2, Lower Tindal 5, Upper Tindal 2, Flodden 1, Redscar and Upper Tindal 5, Middle Ettrick 1. Total: 489
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 2, Horncliffe 1, Pedwell 4, Ladykirk 6, The Boathouse and Canny 2, Milne Graden 7, Tillmouth 10, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 3, Birgham Dub 21, Sprouston 21, Hendersyde 32, Upper Hendersyde 3, Junction 58, Lower Makerstoun 3, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 23, Dryburgh Lower 9, Dryburgh Upper 8, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 1, Lower Pavilion 6, Middle Pavilion 4, Boleside 6, Sunderland Hall 1, Fairnilee 2, Ashiestiel 5, BDAA Whiteadder 13, BlueStone 1, Tiptoe 14, Lower Tindal 9, Upper Tindal 1, Flodden 25, Redscar and Upper Tindal 54, Monteviot 3. Total: 372

August
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 10, Horncliffe 2, Ladykirk Lower 3, Pedwell 7, Ladykirk 29, The Boathouse and Canny 8, Milne Graden 23, Tillmouth 51, West Learmouth 30, Upper North Wark 3, Lower Birgham 13, Birgham Dub 66, Sprouston 65, Hendersyde 48, Upper Hendersyde 21, Junction 56, Lower Makerstoun 13, Upper Makerstoun 18, Rutherford 29, Dryburgh Lower 18, Dryburgh Upper 7, Bemersyde 14, Drygrange 3, Tweedswood 13, Lower Pavilion 5, Middle Pavilion 11, Boleside 15, Sunderland Hall 2, Fairnilee 1, Nest 2, Ashiestiel 4, Cardrona 1, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 3, BlueStone 4, Tiptoe 4, Flodden 3, Redscar and Upper Tindal 2, Monteviot 5, Middle Ettrick 6. Total: 619
SEA TROUT: Tweedhill 1, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 1, The Boathouse and Canny 1, Milne Graden 4, Tillmouth 5, West Learmouth 3, Upper North Wark 5, Lower Birgham 5, Birgham Dub 9, Sprouston 19, Hendersyde 6, Upper Hendersyde 20, Junction 48, Lower Makerstoun 4, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 10, Dryburgh Lower 6, Dryburgh Upper 13, Bemersyde 3, Drygrange 4, Lower Pavilion 11, Middle Pavilion 6, Boleside 15, Fairnilee 11, Nest 6, Ashiestiel 5, Holylee 2, Horsbrugh 1, BDAA Whiteadder 2, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 3, Flodden 8, Redscar and Upper Tindal 4, Monteviot 2. Total: 247



Last Season

The River Tweed Commission Annual General Meeting will be held in March and the 2016 figures will be released at that time.

The RTC now allows public attendance at its Annual General Meeting, which are usually held at 9.30am on the first Monday in March each year at the Ednam House Hotel in Kelso. Public attendance is welcome.

The last RTC annual report can be seen by going to their website