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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 9 July, 2020
Well, what a week we have had at Bemersyde.
First of all, congratulations to every one catching the fish in not the best of conditions for most of the week.
We started on Monday with a dirty river, 2 foot on the gauge. It dropped down to 9 inches as the week went on, but with more rain at the end of the week, by Saturday it was back up to 2 foot and a deep brown colour. We had some supper-fresh salmon up to 14 lbs and a couple of older spring fish to catch. We saw the first grilse of the season on Saturday and it was nice to see them come.
There were fish pushing past us all week; they were keeping their heads down a bit and I think we caught more than were actually seen!
There were also some sea trout around, ending with 9 for the week up to 10 lbs. We landed 29 salmon and lost about 10.
With the water heights as they are and no boats out on the beat, we are only fishing the lower half mile of the beat, so we are more than happy with the catch. We have managed to tag a few fish this week and are getting the hang of it now.
The results for the week were as follows:
M 5 salmon 1 st
T 4 salmon 3 st
W 5 salmon 0 st
T 5 salmon 1st
F 3 salmon 1 st
S 7 salmon 3 st
Farr Side to 17th June, 2020
IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK
Well, here we are back on the river once again after a long lock-down. We started off on Friday 29 May with ITV Border coming to the beat to film a small piece about the resumption of fishing on the Tweed in Scotland. Fiona Brown spoke to the cameras and while there was no fish for her, Colin Chisholm had a nine-pound fish out of the stream in the evening.
We have had some small rises in the river over the past week or so. We could do with more rain but it was enough to put the fish on the move and last week we saw five fish come to the net: three were lost but there were some pulls too. Nick Green had his first Bemersyde fish out of the Boat Pool, weighing in at eight pounds; Fiona Brown and Simon Brook both had fish out of the stream at nine and eight pounds, respectively, and Mr. Hird and Maurice White took six-pounders out of the stream and Sangsters.
On Saturday 13 June, the forecast was unsettled for the next few days. We are needing a good flood to shift some of the slime off the bottom of the river. There seem to be a lot of fish below Kelso, which should move up in a flood too. The weed is just starting to grow and is short for the time of year so we might not need to cut much in July. The banks have been strimmed, the boats are in the water and we’ll get to use them when social-distancing finishes.
Time spent off the river during lockdown was put to good use upgrading the accommodation at Bemersyde House and wing. Please visit www.bemersydeestate.com for details.
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