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
For further information contact Club Secretary Lee Ross on 0

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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Sat 9th January

2020 was a difficult year for everyone with lock down closing waters everywhere. For the Whiteadder the year turned out be more difficult as the season advanced with Berwickshire experiencing a particularly dry summer. A spate river with some difficult caulds for migratory fish to surmount it was quite late on in the year before the fishing picked up with some heavy rain. You can see from the beat returns below how the season progressed:
Total for Season 50 Salmon & 8 Seatrout
Beat 1 - 31 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout
Beat 2 – 10 Salmon & 2 Sea Trout
Beat 3 – Blanked
Beat 4 – Blanked
Beat 5 – 9 Salmon & 3 Sea Trout
Beat 6 – Blanked
Of the 50 fish caught 33 were taken between August and October. With 22 less fish than 2019 we can only wonder what the figure would have been had there not been a double whammy of a lockdown and a drought.
As for the trout anglers there was some excellent fishing with beautiful wild brown trout in the 1 to 2lb range being caught. Healthy numbers of grayling were also being reported as far up stream as Allanton.
We have high hopes for 2021. With a bit of rain over the summer to bring the fish, who knows what the returns will show. Only time will tell.
BDAA has decided to hold our ticket prices for a further year which enhances our 5 star value for money rating.
Members have also been beavering away at the banks over winter, improving paths and access.

In addition to Fishpal, permits are available from a number of local outlets or by contacting the Treasurer, Dave Cowan, email For further information go to or join us on Facebook on Whiteadder BDAA.

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