An excellent, double bank, secluded, Lower Tweed beat. Situated well away from the road, between Kelso and Coldstream, Lower Birgham offers approximately three-quarters of a mile of private, tranquil fishing from both the Scottish and English banks, split into three sub beats which are rotated on an am/pm basis. There are 12 named pools fished by three rods, two from the boats, and easy and extensive wading for the third from both banks.
The differing character of these pools means that good fishing can be found in both high and low water conditions. As an added bonus in the Summer months, the beat also has some excellent Sea Trout pools.
There are two highly skilled and very enthusiastic Boatmen provided in Spring and Autumn, one of whom is available in Summer to show anglers around the beat, and to provide general advice and assistance. He does have other beat duties to attend to during the day, and will therefore not normally be available full time.
For visiting anglers, a detailed beat map and guidance notes are available. However, if specifically required, and enough notice given, it may be possible to provide a boatman full time.
There are two very well-appointed huts, one on the Scottish bank and one on the English bank. Both have heating, cooking facilities, picnic tables, barbecues, and ample parking. As both huts are situated in the middle of the beat, all pools can easily be reached. This, together with the two boats and Boatmen, and a proper concrete path to a landing stage on the Scottish bank, make it an excellent beat for the disabled and less agile angler to consider.
The beat has been greatly improved over recent years with well-maintained banks opening up more fishing, better facilities, and Boatmen with a genuine desire to make the visiting angler's trip a most enjoyable experience. The fishing is privately owned by a group of keen anglers therefore opportunities to fish this very attractive and productive water do not occur very often. Catches of those elusive Springers have improved in recent years and, given the right water, the Summer fishing can also produce some good Salmon. However, the Summer months also provide excellent Sea Trout fishing, which has improved significantly over recent years.