Tom Carter caught up with 10 year old James (pictured) and his dad Ian Wynn last week at Glenormiston, River Tweed. In the Summer holidays he tried salmon fishing for the first time. Fishing Newtyle Beat under the guidance of head ghillie Andy Gunn he lost 3 fish and landed his first salmon within 45 minutes.
His dad said "He thought fishing for salmon was easy and he's now experiencing the ups and downs. He is totally hooked and loves being on any river."
James with his dad, Ian, on Newtyle Beat River Tay.
Since casting his first line for salmon James has fished the Rivers' Don, Dee, Tay and Tweed. Next year it's the Spey in Spring, fishing with his Grandad who grew up on Speyside.
Like James and his dad, anglers across the country are enjoying some memorable fishing trips and catching some big salmon as well. To celebrate the achievement of catching and releasing a fish of a lifetime we would encourage anglers of all ages to enter the following prestigious awards for salmon fishing in the UK.
If you are looking to fit in a last minute trip we have had some COVID Cancellations on prime beats on Tweed for October and November. Find Fishing.
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28th October 2020
Neil Lobban FishTyne Reporter, Guide AAPGAI Casting Instructor.
As we enter the last week of the season there are fish well spread throughout but few fresh ones. Some large "crocs" have been landed recently with a 26lb fish from Watersmeet as well as several others above the 20lb mark. As the vast majority of fish will be released to go on to spawn please use appropriate tackle to land fish quickly and handle them as little as possible, keeping fish in a net and in the water.
Recent catches have been steady, particularly from the upper main river, with a number of bigger fish starting to appear in returns. These include a 23lbs fish from Bywell as well as one at 25lbs for Josh Ystenes from Dilston. Malcolm Patterson from Tynemouth was also in the twenties with a 21lbs salmon also from the main Tyne - read more.
Congratulations to FishTyne Reporter Neil Lobban (pictured) who has just been awarded the AAPGAI Master qualification. To achieve this standard takes years of hard work, and for many an attainment that is beyond their grasp. His three highly experienced and rigorous assessors were very impressed with the level of theoretical knowledge and practical ability in (for example) client organisation, health and safety, fish biology and ecology, equipment, casting, fishing and fish welfare that Neil consistently demonstrated throughout this lengthy and demanding examination.
Sandy Datta fishing Canterland, North Esk.
North and South Esk. A great first day on the North Esk at Canterland for Sam and Sandy Datta. They lost four fish, including a bar of silver, and Sandy landed a 15lber. If you wish to fish the North and South Esk before they close this Saturday you can find some availability online, including 2021 availability - find fishing permits.
River Annan. Good numbers of salmon reported so far from the lower river (and good numbers of fish holding on the lower river) the middle and upper beats have also been producing fish recently when anglers have been out, especially after a lift in water. With two recent spates there should now be plenty of salmon on the middle and upper beats and the upper river in particular will come into its own during the final few weeks of the season - read more.
Chris Hague fishing Tillmouth Beat last week.
308 salmon and 29 sea trout were landed for the week with the best fish a 25lb salmon caught on the Dryburgh Upper beat. Above Kelso 252 fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream 95 were reported and below Coldstream 84 were reported. With the best fishing being on the Boleside and Lees beats where 21 Salmon were landed. Tillmouth 17 also picked away during the week - read more.
This coming week the water levels could fluctuate throughout the week and it could be a case of bring every line with you just incase. An Intermediate line Wet Cel 2 with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most beats. Flies currently working are Red Frances, Black and Yellow, Black Frances, Black and Orange, Junction Shrimp and Snaelda on 1/2" – 2" tubes. For fishing lines, flies and equipment please visit Borders Gunroom.
Anglers hoping to catch an Autumn salmon on Tweed this month will have noticed some last minute prime fishing availability added onto beats due to COVID cancellations. Find Fishing.
If you are struggling to find somewhere to stay in the Borders, please visit or accommodation section which includes hotels, pubs and B&Bs - read more.
When you book a fishing permit with FishPal at the end of your trip we send you a customer feedback request and ask you to report your catches whether you were successful or not. This is hugely important for fisheries that do not have a ghillie or guide.