BDAA Whiteadder

River Whiteadder - Scotland

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Several miles of prime salmon fishing on this Borders gem with six named beats.
Great standby for lost days on Tweed.

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TD11 3JZ

Brown Trout Full Season, £35
Brown Trout Full Concessionary Age 65 Plus, £25
Brown Trout Day, £10
Brown Trout Full Week, £20

Brown Trout Full Youth Age 16 or under £FOC

Salmon and Sea trout.
Full season £160. (£140 if purchased prior to 15th March)

Concessionary Season £130 p, Age 65 Plus. No Saturday fishing. (£110 if purchased prior to 15th March)

Day Tickets £30. Please note only salmon day tickets can be bought through Fishpal. Other tickets can be bought from the suppliers listed on our website or direct from the Club Secretary.
For further information contact Club Secretary Dave Cowan on:
Tel 0128930698

The Berwick & District Angling Association administers several miles of the river Whiteadder with some prime Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing.

They have six beats along the length of the lower Whiteadder starting with beat 1 above Allanton Bridge near Chirnside in Berwickshire down to Clarabad Mill near Paxton.

There are a number of named beats on the river and these are the only places where migratory fish can be taken.
We note from visitor feedback that the BDAA beat scored 5 stars out 4 of 5 categories that were rated.

Brown Trout
Brown trout can be taken from any of the association water with the purchase of an association trout permit.

The Whiteadder runs over limestone ridges, through meadows and wooded valleys before meeting the Tweed a about half a mile above Berwick upon Tweed. The river has many fast streams and deep holes holding the bigger fish.

The Whiteadder's run of salmon has improved greatly over the past few years with the removal of the estuary, coastal nets and many of the river obstructions. After the spring run of salmon in February and March the fish continue to move into the river with some double figure fish being reported in April / May with a spate and falling water. Adding to the mix from the end of May there is some fantastic sea trout fishing at night although fish are often caught during daylight hours .
There is a good run of grilse over the summer months with a spate.

The traditional main run of salmon is at the end of the season with the bigger slow moving fish entering the river from September onwards. This is where the lower river comes into its own. When the river Tweed is unfishable the Whiteadder is an excellent standby for lost day/days on the Tweed beats as it falls and clears to fishable levels quickly.

As a tributary to the Tweed the river is considerably smaller in size and as such tackle should be scaled down. Ideally a shorter rod is recommended although in high water a 15ft rod is advantageous especially when fishing catch and release (we encourage anglers to net and release fish quickly in the water).

Permission to fish is given subject to the Rules of the Association and the terms of the Tweed Angling Code.


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Mon 27th January

The Whiteadder 2019 season turned out better than expected with consistently higher than average water levels resulting in a count of 72 salmon and 14 sea trout over the 6 BDAA beats. The Whiteadder was up and down all season and the as the river drops very quickly after a spate the Berwick & District Angling Association benefited by rods washed off the Tweed. Whiteadder was lightly fished this year and there are plenty of vacancies for 2019. Anyone interested in a season ticket should contact the Secretary at - - Facebook BDAA Whiteadder.
The Association AGM is on Wednesday the 8th of January at the Black & Gold Social Club, Tweedmouh, Berwick upon Tweed where all members will be welcome.

At the 8th January AGM, the members agreed to hold prices at the 2018 price for a further year. The Secretary made his report and was able to say that there was an increase on catch number for 2019 to 72 salmon and 14 sea trout for the year due to there being more favourable rainfall in 2019. Fishing effort was not heavy over the 6 beats ensuring that the beats were not over fished. A fish estimated at 22 lbs was reported as caught and released on the Hutton beat. There being room for more fishing effort it is believed that catches would have been higher with more rods out. A party of French anglers had 4 fish on their one day visit. Adhering to Association advice most fish were returned alive and this is to be encouraged,releasing fish in the water to minimise stress.

Fishing in November was discussed and it was agreed that policy would be reviewed for next year. Anglers are strongly advised not to fish or wade near redds.

We look forward to some good rainfall for 2020 and an improvement in catch figure.

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