We have been watching river levels yo-yoing once again, however, sport has been brisk on many beats with runs of fresh grilse and salmon continuing to move into the river systems on the back of rain from late August. The resulting rising river levels has meant some rods have had difficulties staying in contact with running fish, whilst amongst fish that have been landed, some excellent sea trout and salmon have been caught.
September's newsletter continues our salmon fishing theme, including the latest word from ghillies and guides across the UK and Europe.
Every month we will be showcasing a river and what better river to start with than one of the world's greatest salmon fisheries, the Tweed. Steeped in angling history, the innovative approach to angling during the Victorian era still sees the River Tweed as the benchmark for the industry today.
Please continue to send in your news stories and photos of your fishing experiences.
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We now have a web page displaying details of fishing rights for sale in Scotland, England and Wales, with more to follow. Click here.
Open Weekend on 25th & 26th September
Come and see us at Glasgow Angling Centre's open weekend. Find out how you can get river levels, latest catches and rod availability whilst on the move from your mobile phone and more.
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Rivers Closing In September
To find which river's seasons are close in September click here.
Nick Chisholm from FishAnnan is cycling 1,000 miles from Glasgow to Toulouse in France, raising money for the charity Sport Relief, making the world of difference to poor and vulnerable people in the UK and the world's poorest countries. If you would like to support him please visit www.justgiving.com/Nick-chisholm
Salmon Fishing - More Water Please!
The weather is playing an important part in most UK salmon fishing. River levels have been rising and falling quickly, however, most fisheries have seen encouraging rises in river levels keeping fish on the move. Fresh grilse and autumn salmon are entering the system now with silver fish arriving in good numbers. During September most fish will be fresh and should not be running with the closed mouth ferocity that often happens in October and November.
The salmon seem to be contained in the lower stretches of rivers with more showing now as they start to slow down and catches are improving. Rivers are at last seeing the odd number of salmon appearing in most pools and this should improve prospects of good sport in the forthcoming weeks.
Ghillies' & Guides' Comments
Extracts from our Prospects pages:
Lower Cree is reportedly 'lying full of fish' this week.
Lower beat anglers made returns of 433 salmon.
Good runs of fish.
Bann, Ireland -
Big tides bringing fresh runs of fish, the signs are they are building up again.
Kirsty Whitehead's party caught 6 fish on Glenferness, including 4 from Kirsty's own rod, pretty impressive - due to a leg injury she was fishing on one crutch!
One angler had a red letter day landing and returning 8 salmon and hooking and losing 5 others.
Good catches of sea trout, grilse and salmon. Sarah Iveson hooked a 12lb salmon on the fly at Eltringham on a ladies' charity day.
We still need water but it is a fairly rare September which does not see a deluge or two, which will help maintain the fishing conditions. Despite low river levels, fish are being caught on all permitted methods so there is no excuse not to head out for an enjoyable day's fishing. To find rods to let, click here.
Tweed has the second largest catchment area and is the fourth longest river at 98 miles in Scotland.
After record breaking years, it now ranks among the top Atlantic Salmon rivers in the world.
Since the 17th century, anglers have enjoyed fishing the river and the Victorian's innovative approach to tackle design as a result of Tweed is still reflected in modern day fishing equipment. Tweed's proactive approach mostly through the work of the River Tweed Commission and Tweed Foundation is considered as a bench mark for the industry today. This work continues with the announcement this week that from 2011 the total catch and release of spring fish up to 30th June will continue. Whilst we have seen some record Tweed catches in recent years, this is a measured response to the recognised problem with the spring fishing. See:- www.rtc.org.uk
During August, although water levels were low and fine summer weather prevailed, Tweed fished extremely well for most of the month recording 1638 salmon compared to 506 in August 2009. The low water levels have suited the bottom and lower river beats. Towards the end of the third week of August heavy showers in the catchment areas led to a small rise in river levels and returns fell to 230 salmon and 43 sea trout, but as the river fined down during the last full week of the month the returns for the week leapt to 735 salmon and 52 sea trout.
FishTweed reporter Bill Stanworth wrote 'Currently levels are low and the river is in good order. Heavy showers are forecast this week so the river could rise. and fish could run to the middle and upper river as it begins to fine down'
Tweed has supported the development of the first ever bespoke UK fishing boat for the disabled and elderly angler for use on large salmon rivers. Now anyone in a wheelchair or who is unsteady on their feet can fish for salmon on many of the main Tweed beats from Galashiels down to Berwick Upon Tweed using a Tweed Wheelyboat.
Tweed is the perfect destination offering something for everyone. Non fishing activities for the family include historic houses, abbeys, castles, gardens. There are market towns right through the Tweed valley offering quality goods including the famous Hawick home of Cashmere. Further afield the shops of Edinburgh and Newcastle are only an hour and a half away.
If you would like to check availability or book fishing for Autumn Atlantic Salmon on Tweed or even rebook for 2011, please click here.
Salmon Fishing In Iceland
Salmon and sea trout fishing in Iceland has been good since July with amazingly consistent averages of fish caught. Read more.