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Yesterday's Catches - Today's River Levels - Tomorrow's Availability

October 2020

Chatting with anglers this week, many are having a great season. They have taken the opportunities this year to fish water and beats that are often not available with great success.

We continue to hear reports of big fish caught.
John Greep fishing Upper Caberston, river Tweed, earlier this month caught a fish measured at 44 inches. The ghillie Steve Dickson thought the net would not be big enough when he came to net it. Steve also said "I've never seen so many big fish in the river Tweed."

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21st October 2020

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Salmon Awards 2020

There have been some big fish caught this year on rivers across the UK & Ireland. Below are some of the prestigious awards for anglers young and old to enter and be recognised for their achievement.

Morison Trophy

The Deveron, Bogie & Isla Rivers Charitable Trust presents the Morison trophy to the angler who lands and safely releases the heaviest fly-caught salmon of the season on the Deveron - read more.

The River Dee Trust presents a trophy to the angler who catches the best fly caught salmon on the river. For junior anglers the Callum Mackenzie cup, celebrates the best catch by a youngster in the Dee catchment. To enter for either trophy please e‐mail:- [email protected].

The Bemersyde Estate on Tweedside presents the Bemersyde Trophy to the angler who has caught and released the best salmon on the river using the fly. There is also a trophy for young anglers. You can enter both trophies here.

The Malloch Trophy is for the best salmon caught on the fly and safely returned to the water in Scotland. Please contact Inga at the Tay and District Salmon Fisheries Board via email on [email protected].

England. The Charles Farlow Trophy awarded annually to the captor of the largest fly caught salmon safely released in an English or Welsh river. Please note entries are also accepted from the English portion of the Lower Tweed. You can enter here.

If there is a trophy you would like us to include and promote, please contact Anne at FishPal via email [email protected]

River Dee

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The season concluded Thursday 15th October, with a final flurry of eighty-eight fish reported. This gave us a final total of Two thousand, five hundred and thirty eight, about four hundred down on last year. Covid had an impact on this, and I would hazard a guess that we would have been slightly ahead of 2019 without its influence. The main highlight has to be the good run of grilse in July, which contributed greatly to the final tally - read more.

We would like to thank Ross Macdonald who writes the weekly report and the ghillies for all their support in producing this report alongwith all the rods who get in touch with pictures and stories of their time fishing the Dee. It is much appreciated.


River Tweed

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One of 12 on Junction on Monday.

Four hundred and fifty six Salmon and twenty Sea Trout were landed for the week, with the best fish a 30lb salmon caught on the Holylee beat. Above Kelso, two hundred and fifty two fish were reported. Between Kelso and Coldstream ninety five were reported and below Coldstream eighty four. With the best fishing being on the Boleside where thirty one Salmon were landed. Tillmouth had twenty seven, Ladykirk twenty five and Junction nineteen also picked away during the week - read more.

The river continues to catch big fish again across the system, with more fish over 20lb caught this week - latest catches. The Season so far pages, based on catches reported to us at FishTweed, see catches every month above the five year average - season so far.

Anglers hoping to catch an Autumn salmon on Tweed this month will have noticed some last minute prime fishing availability added onto beats due to COVID cancellations. Find Fishing.

If you are struggling to find somewhere to stay in the Borders, please visit our accommodation section which includes hotels, pubs and B&B's - read more.

River Tay

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Mr Brand with a fly caught fish on Luncarty.

Tay tributary, the River Earn remains open for salmon fishing until Saturday 31st October - find fishing.

Anglers finished fishing on the River Tay last Thursday 15th October. Catches held up well during the final four days of their season with a number of big fish being landed with numerous fish weighing in excess of twenty pounds which was great to see - read more.

The Tay system so far has reported three thousand, eight hundred and three salmon which is up by five hundred and forty two on last years figures.

We would like to thank Sam and Sandy Datta for writing the weekly report, including all the ghillies and beat owners on the River Tay system who have contributed to this report throughout the season by providing their time and information, as the weekly report would not be possible without your help and support.

Historic Salmon Catches

River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum.

The River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum is researching the history of Spring, Autumn cycles over the last 250 years on the river Tweed. They have very good records from 1860 to 2020, but don't have satisfactory records from 1760 to 1860. They are asking anglers if they have any information to please contact Bill Quarry on email: [email protected].

If you have any Tweed historic information for the museum, they are open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 1pm. The museum is located in the The Town Hall, Kelso Square, Kelso, TD5 7HF.

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