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During covid standard travel restrictions apply at any time. Fishing will be on very strict terms: No contact, No boats, Only travelling in own transport around the beat.
With new ownership the fishing will be FLY only going forward and no spinning will be permitted. Please read latest Fishery report stay safe everyone .

Fully equipped fishing hut full kitchen facility and huge oak dining table full woodburning stove heats hut. All electric appliances ,lighting,heating security .
Full toilet facility - all in all a home from home on a cold or wet day .

Tweedswood is ghillied by Kevin Patterson who is happy to help out wherever possible to ensure that your time at Tweedswood will be memorable.  Fully AAPGAI/GAIA Certificated instructor 29 years on Tweedswood beat. Full Rod hire service all top of the range rods by arrangement.

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Tweedswood is a renowned and picturesque beat on the middle stretches of the River Tweed, which provides 1 mile of double bank fishing upstream of the A68, under the old railway viaduct. Tweedswood is a FLY only fishing beat giving 1 miles of fly fishing double bank.Due  to its proximity to the A68 access to the river is very good, Edinburgh is 34 miles to the north, and the market town of Melrose is two miles to the west. There is a good selection of hotels and B&Bs in Melrose and the surrounding area, together with some of the best eating places in the Borders. We have our own accomadation sleeping 4 Speycaster Cottage one mile from the beat available to let get intouch for availability .
The Tweedswood beat provides excellent salmon fishing. The river banks are regularly maintained to ensure ease of access. There is easy safe wading along the length of the Tweedswood stretch..
There are eight named pooles, the first of which is located at Cowies, , long, deep channelled pool running down in to the Willows - a steamier run that is very productive when the water's running off and fish rest in the tail. This stretch can be fished from both banks and has been very productive in all heights. The next pool is the Boiler, which as the name suggests, comes to the 'boil' when there is some extra water. It is deep and has a few good large stone lies in it, all the way down to Braes Corner pool. This area is a long and fast, and runs over a croy. It looks similar to a classic Spey pool where you could fish the fly all day and never tire of it! Middle Braes starts with a long run into a long deep pool before another fast flowing section as the river enters the last pool on the Middle Braes, known as the Tappie. This is a great resting/holding pool with a large croy at the top and another on the far bank at the tail which holds fish in all conditions. Tweedswood is the next pool which can be fished by two anglers - from the bank, wading or from a boat if there is sufficient water - since there is plenty of room.

It is a very productive pool and as good as any to be found on the middle Tweed. The bottom and last pool is the Bridge pool underneath the viaduct - one of the more famous landmarks along the Tweed. The Bridge pool always has something on offer: in low water conditions the croy on the opposite side just keeps things going; in high water anglers fish below the bridge. With its particularly photogenic setting, this stretch of the river has featured in many fishing magazines.
Tweedswood has a five year catch average of 112 salmon, the majority of which are won in the autumn. However, there are good sea trout conditions, together with spring salmon and grilse, earlier in the year. Fishing starts at 9am and finishes around 5pm, giving everyone a good day's fishing. The beat is split into two and each angler fishes one half in the morning and the other in the afternoon, thereby giving you the chance to fish the whole beat in a day. We allow a maximum of six rods, three on the top and three on the bottom, alternating at lunchtime. We have a lovely homely Cottage Speycaster cottage to let 5 minutes from the river for details and bookings .

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Sun 25th October

 25/010/20 COVID RULES Are getting tight and ive tried very hard to keep the norm but iam going to close the Hut as of tomorrow.
No one will be travelling in my Vehicle .
There's a very mixed group most days from all walks plus its law know plus Please only come with yourself or if who's booked. NO partners. NO family, NO lunch meetings, just booked rods as of 25th/10/20 thank you ive kept it going but its time to take the rules again seriously .
Anyone not keeping to this will be asked to leave if not fishing don't come to the Lodge .

New Season Report 25/10/20
Well thanks to everyone thats come along and supported tweedswood fished very hard put up with different things ie Covid its been hard but you all have made it work and have made no fuss at all we have just ploughed along . with the autumnal colors in top flight and the leaves doing all they can to drive us crazy its good to think that as the next week drifts into November that we have had our fun Tweedswood cant complain as its been tough going some days and easy others but the one thing that is very evident is there is no fresh back end salmon again they have been replaced by a strange mix of large and small very coloured salmon since midd August not one fresh out of our catches which is so strange the early spring fish then a summer run followed by a bit interesting mixed fishing in July where fresh salmon were evident along with Flamingoes ,Swans, crocodiles, and every other type of floating swimming ade . Camping barbeques and picnickers July was crazy one day there was over 60 folks swimming in the bridge pool so that was interesting to say the least but salmon were evidently in good no's and a few grilse as well . August was poor Sept woke up and we found the recipe in October the Frances any colour any size but right on the bottom with a down stream mend they couldn't get enough of it and we did very well 101 fly caught salmon up till tonight .
Going forward next weeks going to be tough as the rivers up and theres heavy rain most days in the head waters leaves are killing the fun a bit but we will crack on as fully booked next week then slip into November its game over for November and do we really need to hammer away at the salmon any longer we know what we are catching and we know that they need all the energy to spawn and give us the chance to keep going in future years . Lots of fish are spawning and we will start catching kelts this coming week they arrived on time 18th Oct top of Boiler stream and have got straight on to it some will be finished so kelts will be very evident going into November .Hope this rise sets them on there way if going any further river spawning fish seem to be the new norm but they are well spread out up the system
.Some beats are calling it a day and to be honest its fair play to them i have mixed feelings the chance is still there but like other Novembers the Tweed closes its self and some will still venture out for a final cast . My advice is wait to get the leaves out the way a settled water and fair Hight and a last day of the season but thats it .
My rods are cleaned lines away iam not wanting any more its been a fun season and the New owner has had a great start and a lot of it goes down to his investment hes put in letting me construct the three new Tweedswood croys what a difference . Its only the start we have huge plans in coming season and the hut will be totally refurbed plus area around the lodge full make over and another huge investment in river works at the boiler . Its a great credit to a new owner to go full scale but what weve achieved in such a short time 5 months is unreal and we are starting the full field and entrance land scape starts next week there's so much going to be happening thank you all and see you all in 2021.

Well heres to going into the unknown again Stay Safe
Aye Kevin .

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