Beat Details

At 9am on Monday morning Tillmouth fishers meet Head Boatman Willie Elliott at the Tillmouth Hut accessed via the gate to the left of Coldstream Bridge if heading south, where the draw for the week's fishing takes place. Tillmouth operates it's salmon fishings in the simplest and fairest way possible. The fishing is for 6 rods throughout the season and, for the majority of the season, the fishery is split into 6 beats for those 6 rods, over the 6 days of that week's fishing. This means those rods salmon fishing an entire week will fish every beat of the fishings and see Tillmouth for what it is, the longest and most varied single beat on the entire Tweed system. A mouthwatering prospect for the fly fishing enthusiast. From the end of August through to the beginning of November the 6 rods fish a 3 beat system in pairs, allowing rods to fish through the beat twice in a full week. Rods fishing less than a week simply fit into the draw.

The season lasts from February 1st through to the end of November and in line with the River Tweed Commission's ruling, all salmon are to be returned between the start of the season and the end of June.

A pool by pool top to bottom beat description follows below.

The Slap - a short exciting pool in low water; holds a surprising number of salmon and sea trout.

The Butress - another short, dramatic pool; best in low water but always holds salmon.

The Long Stream - one of the most famous spring salmon pools on the River Tweed and, as its name suggests, this provides an extensive stretch of superb flyfishing water; performs best in the spring and nearly always produces the first salmon each year. Fishes at all heights of water and, when it is at its best, can be waded along its entire length; productive all season. The tail end is classic sea trout water from late May through to mid July.

The Craw and Craw Point - good spring pools and very special at the tail; will fish well in high water. Holds a large head of salmon all season round. On the 16th November 1972 Lady Burnett landed a 43lb salmon along with 4 other fish of over 30lbs in one morning !! Beyond the point is a superb spot for big sea trout.

Crookie Stream - a long, low water salmon and sea trout pool; extremely productive, particularly in April and May and again in August and September. The top of the pool can be waded through a very exciting stretch of water.

Black Tree - a good holding pool for both salmon and sea trout that is deeper and steadier than the others and needs to be fished very carefully; consistent all the year round.

Crookie Point - a wide and deep pool also holding a big head of consistently large salmon; best fished in April and again in September/October. One of the top performers. Great for evening sea trout.

The Wires - a slow pool that is best in high water and fishes up to 3ft 6ins; a good head of salmon builds up in the autumn.

Beech Tree - a very productive pool in medium heights of water and produced a 28lb 'bar of silver' recently.

Prop Stone - renowned for big salmon; a 35-pounder caught a few years ago is well documented. An autumn pool best at 2ft 6ins. A great pool in which to play a salmon and to flyfish with light tackle for sea trout in June and July.

Callerheugh - a good high water pool and a favourite haunt of the otter. All boating; very productive; produced a 34lb salmon in 2006 plus several in the 30lb bracket in recent years.

Dripping Rock - a pool which changes each year as a result of gravel shifting from the stretch of river above; best waded in lower water; excellent for sea trout and grilse through the summer. Best to wade the near side first time down and then to fish the far side from the boat - unwise to miss out any of the water.

Wellington - a huge pool, famous for big salmon, with the top end best in high water and the bottom in lower conditions. In 2006 one fisherman landed 18 salmon and a sea trout in a day. Another superb sea trout pool at dusk.

Tillmouth Fishings

"This beat provides exceptional value for money; considering the season a one-to-one ghillie in a boat is truly exceptional. I will return."

Bob Barton, London

Chapel Stream - two short high water sections. The main section being behind the island; can be very productive under the right conditions, best in summer.

Pot Point - a very inviting, wide and deep pool renowned for very big salmon; produced a 25lb fresh fish in 2006 as well as numerous other salmon around 20lb. The Till fish wait here before running on; produces large sea trout and grilse and can be fished throughout the season.

Border Maid - fished best at one foot. It has changed over the years but the top half is a very productive stretch, renowned for a strong head of grilse and indeed sea trout, producing one of 13lb recently. Produces big fish later, one 30lb fresh salmon was landed recently and it regularly produces double figures in a day. In recent years an island has formed which separates the Border Maid from the main Tweed channel.

Monk's Stand - A new pool is now forming on the main channel opposite the Border Maid in which salmon and sea trout are lying and taking the fly. This is developing into a lovely piece of fly water.

The March - a gliding pool with a "spine" of bedrock mid stream. Often a place where salmon and sea trout congregate and frequently show before moving upstream.

The Rocks - another productive pool, particularly at the top of the stream. Runs out into a deep holding pool that is renowned for big salmon. The spectacular cliff on the opposite bank is the nesting site for both a peregrine and a barn owl and there is an impressive fox's earth next to an ivy ledge where a vixen can sometimes be seen sunning herself.

The Bizzard - a low water pool that can be productive, particularly in low water.

The Cat - a deep pool, holding a big head of salmon; best in low water but can yield a salmon or two even in the most difficult of conditions.

Fairy Well - attractive fly water, particularly good for sea trout, always good for a bigger fish in low conditions. Included with this pool is the Cauld Stream below the cauld, which is a short exciting stretch of fishing that has not been fished regularly in recent years.

Quarry Point - a long pool that is deeper and slower than some; holds a big head of fish in almost all conditions; best in the spring. In past times it used to be the pool that was netted because of its holding.