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(Last Updated: Wednesday 03 November)

River Tweed River Report 3rd November 2021

Martin isn't well, so this week's report has been prepared by Mark. All the best for a speedy recovery Martin from all of us in the FishTweed office.

As we turn the clock into November and the final month of the season, there are a number of beats who have already decided that they are closing down for the season. That said, with the recent big floods many are still waiting to see if the dropping river will mean some late season activity and some sport before we do finally say goodbye to what has been a tough season overall.

The long hot dry days of summer were completely forgotten about as the skies opened and the Tweed went into flood - at times you wondered if it would ever stop as photos up and down the river showed just how high the river had risen, with many a hut flooded and many a gauge not even showing as the rising river took hold. 

There are many anglers still looking to have those all important final days on the river and we have been busy with a flurry of late bookings from those anticipating that as the river drops, there could well be some good sport to be had up and down the river. 

Yesterday Tweed Salmon Fishing sent out to those beats we represent, the annual “renewal” offer of fishing to those of you who fished for 3 days or more this season, asking if you would like the equivalent dates where available for next season. You should have by now received an email from TSF offering you this fishing and please do let respond so it is known if you are taking up your fishing or not, using the reply buttons on the email. 

It is especially busy right now with anglers looking to organise their fishing for next season and we are encouraging all beats to try and get next years availability onto the FishTweed site just as soon as they possibly can. 

Last week there were 34 salmon reported on FishTweed from Tillmouth right up to Peebles and 5 from the tributaries, with 7 Sea trout. Largest of the week was a 25lb fish from Fairnilee. The flood meant most lost fishing from Wednesday nights start of the rain, with the deluge lasting until Friday when the river started to come down, but was still too high for most. 

Please keep tagging your photo's #fishtweed #fishpal or email them to Email Us so she can include them in the newsletters or social media.

Tight lines for those still out fishing!!

Best regards

Mark

If you catch a tagged fish then please take a note of the tag number, this can be made easier by taking a photo of the tag. To report a tagged fish please contact the Tweed Foundation on 01896 848 277 or the Head Fishery Officer on 07884 230 045. 

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W /e 25 May

What happened to spring!! Looks like we are heading for summer as temperatures are on the rise.

WIND IN THE EAST=FISH BITE THE LEAST.

This would be appropriate for the main part of the week.

From Monday through to Thursday catches were poor, from 5 to 9 fish being caught per day! Frustrating for beats who saw low water, then thunder storms and still the East wind blew!

Reports from the Lower to Kelso beats are that there are few fish around, but beats above Kelso are seeing fish, and fishing has been hard with low water on the main beats upstream from Kelso.

Then the wind changes, it gets a little warmer, and BINGO, Friday and Saturday are completely different days, from

the rest of the week.

Beats from Tweedhill upto Fairnilee have recorded salmon and seatrout. All in all, the last couple of days saved what would have been a very disappointing week.

The forecast for the week ahead looks like being a bit more settled with temperatures still warm and you will have a chance of a fish the length of the river.

Trout update.

Hatches have been very encouraging, with yellow mays, olive uprights, blue winged olives, grannom and spinners.

The fish are feeding well but proving difficult to tempt.

Anglers are stating that they are seeing good numbers and sizes of trout.

Tom

Congratulations to Herbert Hinterberger who has reported the first catch of the season on Lower Floors. Great start to the season! 1 Feb 2020

Season so far

(Last Updated: Wednesday 03 November)

The River Tweed Commission officially published its 2020 Annual Report on the 1st March at its AGM. Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 restrictions the 2020 Tweed salmon rod catch of 9,614 was the highest since 2013 (14,853) and a significant increase on the 2018 and 2019 catches (5,644 and 6,382 respectively). The total salmon catch was 10,352 with 738 caught by the nets. The release rate of rod caught salmon during the 2020 season was 89%, the highest release rate on record. The notable increase in the importance of the summer months continued during 2020 with 49% of the catch being taken in June, July and August. The Sea-trout rod catch of 1,880 was down on 2019 (2,176) but well up on 2018 (817). It was the 9th best recorded total since 1970 though the reduced fishing effort in May will have had an effect on the total. 492 Sea-trout were caught in the nets.

Floy tagging is in place again this season with one main difference from last year which is each beat as their own unique colour of tag. This will help identify some of the fish when seen passing through the cameras on the fish passes upstream. The results from last year's tagging were quite interesting albeit on a small scale due to covid restrictions not allowing fishing during the bulk of the spring months. Hopes are that a larger sample of tagged fish can be managed this season and hopefully can provide an interesting update to the movement of these fish. I will include last season's results in the next report.

If you catch a tagged fish then please take a note of the tag number, this can be made easier by taking a photo of the tag. To report a tagged fish please contact the Tweed Foundation on 01896 848 277 or the Head Fishery Officer on 07884 230 045.

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