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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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Farr Side to 16th October 2019
There’s been one or two nice big Autumn fish caught by the younger generation recently, Sam Ackroyd (18) with a 17lb fish. Alex Barclay also with a 17lb fish out of the Cromweil on a Willie Gunn Tube, Alex’s first ever Salmon on the Fly.
We are on 77 Salmon for the season which beats last year’s total of 63. Sea Trout numbers have risen this year and we have 21 for the season.
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Farr Side to 20th September 2019
Good water heights last week for the beat even with the beer colour we managed 6 fish for the week could of been more but lightly fished middle part of the week. Small pods of fish moving up the river. Most of the fish where coloured but we did see some fresher fish mixed in amongst them. We will need some water by the end of week so hoping for a flood now to keep the fish moving up the river.
We have had a better September already than last year with the same total as the whole season so let's hope we can push on and keep the catches up we have Sportfish this week for 6 days we have had a fish out Woodside this morning 6lbs.
Farr Side to 15th August 2019
After a very big flood last week the water is now settling currently 2 foot 4 on gauge. There has been some good fishing last few days with Sea Trout and Salmon landed in much need numbers. Some very fresh ones and some coloured. We have been fishing fast tips and no 8 flies, Blue Gledswood doing well today both fresh fish. With fish showing up above Kelso now, here is hoping for next few weeks and to the end of the season.
Farr Side to 4th August 2019
Here we are at the end of July, it’s been a mixed month with the weather seeing water most weeks up to 2 ft 6, it carried a lot of beer colour which should of been good for the sea trout. 3 where landed and a few lost but we expected a few more on the back of numbers reported down river. Fingers crossed we get a big late run.
With the Salmon we ended up with 15 most of them fresh run. Fishing the Sunray did well for Fiona Brown, her first try she landed a 8lbs fresh fish out the Boat Pool and the same with William Stebbings a 5lbs fish! The others came on a variety of flies, Blue Gledswood and Silver Stoat doing well. The Stream and Boat Pool have fished well this month with Woodside keeping it's end up! Some changes to the scenery at Woodside all the Softwoods are being taken out on the Ravenswood side, this might let the wind in on a bad day. I have been busy catching up with the weed cutting and strimming the banks. The water is dropping away of the gauge now so waiting for the next flood to bring some more fish in. Fingers Crossed
Farr Side to 11th July 2019
July is here and so is summer, 23 fish for the season so far certainly better than last year. All but 2 of the fish have been fresh with the biggest 17lbs out of Woodside. All we need now is lots of rain to see if the summer fish are about. With the nets being of it might help the catches. With the low water we would expect the lower beats to be getting fish at the moment but not much about looking at the catches. Thunder storms expected so we might get a flash flood soon. There are a lot more Sea Trout about this year, we are seeing a few in the evenings. Reports are they are further down the river but they will get to us. Let's hope so they are good sport on the small rod.
Farr Side to 19th March 2019
After lots of rain the last week we are back on the river today, 3 foot on the gauge so a big water. The colour is dropping out now and we have two rods fishing the fly. After the big floods of last week some fresh fish should be coming up the system now we just need to keep trying and we will get some fish soon. It’s a settled forecast for the rest of week so the water should drop slowly and keep the fish moving, here’s hoping.
The Farr Side to Saturday 9th March 2019
Well here we are in March the last few weeks have just flown by. February was a strange month, warm weather and very little rain to speak off, we fished most days but not with a full complement a little too early in the season for some. So no fish in February for us but there seem to be a few starting to move up river with both Mertoun and Lower Dryburgh reporting fresh fish.
March has been completely different, cold, wet, windy. We lost most of last week to floods and coloured water although we desperately needed this rain as the ground was very dry, there’s more rain to come the next few days so I hope it will bring some more fish in from the sea and push the February fish up the river.
Not much change to the beat this year, some small gravel shift at top of the Boat Pool and a little top of Woodside. The Dish has been cleared of overhanging branches to make it easier to get up the side.
The Oyster Catchers have been here for a while and the Dippers are nesting and I have also seen the Kingfisher a few times and as always Harry the Otter is here.
Bemersyde was featured on Secret Scotland the other week and you can view by clicking on the link:-