Letting Conditions

1. Tillmouth will be fished as a 6 rod beat throughout the entire season ( February 1st - November 30th ). The fishing divides very suitably into 6 separate beats. Rods fishing an entire week ( 6 days ) will therefore fish through the entire beat in their week, 6 rods, 6 beats, 6 days. Those fishing for less than a full week will simply fit in with the draw which occurs on Monday morning a 9am sharp. In the highly unusual event of a problem Head Boatman Willie Elliot's decision is final. From the end of August through to the first week of November the beat is split into 3 sections, Upper, Middle and Lower. The rods fish one of these beats per day and consequently a full week's fishing will allow a rod to fish through the entire fishings twice. As at other times, rods fishing less than an entire week will fit in with the draw.

2. A draw for the rod beats will take place at the Fishing Hut at 09.00am on Monday mornings. The draw is final and rods not present will be drawn by the Head Boatman Willie Elliot. It is the responsibility of the rods to be present for the draw. In the event of absence there will not be a second draw. Any rods not fishing a full week will fit in with the drawn position of the rod they replace.

3. Fishing will commence after the draw unless otherwise agreed with Willie Elliot. It is recognised that during summer months the best chance of catching a salmon may be in the early and late hours of light. Discretion on the start time will be given by the Head Boatman alone. A rod is not permitted to fish early or late without first obtaining permission.

4. A boatman is provided for each of the 6 beats and each rod will finish on the pool fished in the pm period. It is not permissible to change pools after 5pm. Tillmouth employs 5 full time boatmen. In the event of a booking occurring 72 hours or less before fishing commences, a sixth boatman cannot be guaranteed. However, it is rare that we cannot accommodate a rod and every endeavour is made to make sure a highly experienced boatman accompanies each of our rods on a one to one basis subject to this late booking proviso.

5. It is not permissible to transfer a rod to any third party once the paying rod has stopped fishing OTHER than to the boatman accompanying the rod or an owner if available.

6. Fishing will be by fly initially. The use of the spinner will be supervised by the attending boatman and its use will be at his discretion and dependent upon conditions. The pools Long Stream and Border Maid are fly only in the mornings. In accordance with normal Tweed practice, Tillmouth is fly only 1 February-15 February and 14 September-30 November.

7. Tillmouth observes various rota arrangements with its neighbours. The boatmen will guide the rods on the observation and compliance with these rotas which must at all times be strictly observed. Failure to observe the fishing arrangements with our neighbours may result in the rod breaching them to be asked to leave the fishery.

8. The boats are to be used by the boatmen only and not by rods after 5pm. Boatmen may be willing to stay on and rods should enquire and make arrangements accordingly. The boatmen are employed from 9am to 5pm and not for any other hours. If a boatman is to stay on it must be by separate arrangement between the rod and the boatman.

9. Tillmouth is encouraging a strong catch and release policy for each season. Under RTC rules any fish caught prior to 30th June must be returned. Rods will be encouraged to return all hens. To assist successful catch and release treble hooks are discouraged.

10. All rods MUST return a signed declaration against Gyrodactylus Salaris and give it to the Head Boatman before fishing, without which they will not be allowed to commence fishing. Any rods from abroad should arrive early to allow for their equipment to be fully disinfected or the Head Boatman will supervise use of the Estate's equipment.

11. Fishing on Sundays is not permitted.

12. No shrimp, worm or prawn fishing allowed.

13. Foul hooked and gravid fish must be returned.

Fishing on the River Tweed

"Extremely enjoyable day all round."

Michael Taylor, Leeds

14. When fishing life jackets should be worn and are available on request without charge. The proprietors of Tillmouth Fishings take no responsibility whatsoever for any aspect of safety or equipment and it is a precondition of fishing that rods sign these conditions and accept they undertake their fishing and activity ENTIRELY AT THEIR OWN RISK.

15. Gaffing is not allowed.

16. All sections of the Tweed Angling Code (and any amendments) are adopted by the Tillmouth Fishings and MUST be observed strictly by rods fishing the water. This includes conservation measures contained in the 5 Year Spring Salmon Conservation Programme.

17. The boatmen's decision is final in all matters including safety aspects which relate to this fishery. In conditions of high water/a rising river and/or high winds, it will be left to the boatmen to decide whether it is safe to use boats to fish. No fishing will be allowed on Tillmouth Water from a boat when the water height is 4 foot or over for safety reasons. In the past some rods have complained about the shut off level for fishing being 4ft. We would ask our rods to respect the experience and knowledge of our boatmen and their judgement to know when the river will endanger life. In very exceptional circumstances fishing may be allowed from the bank when the river is at 4ft or over. The decision to allow this will be made by the Headboatmen whose decision is final.

How To Release A Salmon Safely

Playing the fish

  • Move to a quiet water location
  • Bring the fish quickly into reach or break him off. Do not beach the fish.

Removing the hook

  • Support the fish underwater in an upright position facing into the current and remove the hook with forceps. If the hook is very deeply set, consideration should be given to breaking the nylon and leaving the hook in place. In some circumstances this will avoid unnecessary damage to the fish.
  • If you wish to photo or measure the fish hold it with two hands around the tail and under the neck. DO NOT hold it head down by the tail as this will rupture the internal organs and the fish will die.
  • Allow the fish to recover holding it head pointing into the current and then let it swim away.
  • Please handle the fish as little as possible and keep it in the water as much as possible.