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This beat combines excellent fishing on the most stunning location on the river.
The stretch is one mile long, with two-thirds of it double bank fishing, and provides some most interesting quality fishing, with a pool or stream for every height of water
The river loops past the Eildon Hills in a beautiful wooded gorge giving fishers complete seclusion from the outside world.
There is an excellent hut with fully equipped kitchen and gas BBQ available for tenants use on the middle beat for all rods. There are four boats, two for fishing and two for ferrying from bank to bank. Access is by car down a private track to a small parking area about 100ft above the rod hut. From there the path is too steep for vehicles and you have to walk the remaining short distance.
From the 1st February to 8th September 2018 one ghillie is employed and four rods fish each day on a syndicate basis (Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list in case anything arises) From the 10th September 2018, six rods are let on a daily basis with two ghillies provided. During this period, the beat is split into three, with rods fishing in pairs and rotating on an am/pm basis.
Please note that because of the steep banks you should be a reasonable walker and wader to fish this beat.
STAYING AT BEMERSYDE HOUSE
Bemersyde House and wing is a private house is situated at the edge of the hamlet of Bemersyde.
Guests can choose between an elegant 18th century bedroom or a traditional laird's room - complete with original oak beams - dating from the 1500s.
Dining room main table seats 12 with views of the gardens and Eildon hills. Tables can be added for larger parties
Kitchen (seats six) and larder – fully equipped, including Rangemaster gas cooker, electric cooker and Nespresso machine
Adjoining first-floor drawing rooms
Spacious ground-floor study with television and Freeview
Playroom with table tennis, snooker table, games, television and DVD player
Open fires or log burners, Wifi in all public rooms and hall
Bedrooms are on the ground, first and second floors.
Seven double bedrooms, including vaulted double room with four-poster bed and log burner
Five separate bathrooms, two with underfloor heating
Large, airy room ideal for yoga and pilates retreats
The east wing was built by James Zerubabel Haig, friend of Sir Walter Scott during the Scottish Enlightenment and has recently been refurbished.
Two double bedrooms
GARDENS & GROUNDS
Formal, walled and woodland gardens, plus extensive walks and cycling opportunities round the Estate
Tennis and basketball court and equipment, croquet
Two dogs are allowed to stay in the house; additional kennel space can be arranged on the estate separately
Guests can use vegetables and fruit from the walled gardens
Honey available from Bemersyde beehives kept by local beekeeper
There are excellent independent food shops stocking local produce in St Boswells, Melrose and Lauder.
The supermarkets at Galashiels will deliver online orders.
There are excellent pubs and restaurants in St Boswells, Ancrum, Melrose and Lauder.
Free trout-fishing in the evenings
Casting lessons by arrangement
The house can be fully or partially catered by arrangement
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|Value for money||73%||★★★★|
|Overall (based on 30 reviews)||83%||★★★★|
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The Farr Side to Thursday 22 October, 2020
We had mixed weather last week, starting with settled water on the Monday: 1’6” and perfect, but the rain sent the levels up and spoiled the fishing until Wednesday. As it dropped back we started catching the fish, ending the week with 13! Most were on a tube fly, 1.5” and others were on a dressed fly, fast tip type 2.
We also had a fish with a tag in it – one of Ian Farr’s – tagged in July in the same pool.
On Monday this week, we were at 1’6” on the gauge and had two fish on the bank, both on Red Francis tubes. We fished deep on Tuesday, with the water rising up to 2’ on the gauge but clear, with one fish out of the Boat Pool.
The Farr Side to Monday 31 August 2020
Last Monday (24 August) was a good day, yielding three fish. We had heavy rain on Monday night and we only fished on until lunch on Tuesday; the water came up three foot as the day went on.
On Wednesday there was no fishing as the water was big and brown and by Thursday it was the colour of beer. We fished in the afternoon but there were no fish and we were very disappointed.
On Friday we saw another flood and were nearly six foot on the gauge with the water a deep terracotta colour.
Amazingly, we fished on Saturday in the afternoon. The water was still over three foot and there were not many places to fish at this height but we did manage a salmon and a sea trout.
This week we think that that we should have perfect water by Tuesday and we should hopefully be able to catch some fish coming up from further down the river.