Sunderland Hall is unique in having fishing on both the Tweed and the River Ettrick down to their junction. This very attractive beat has over a mile of fishing on the South Bank of the Tweed down into the famous Meetings Pool and nearly half a mile on the Ettrick (half of it double bank) also down into the Meetings pool.
The two stretches are run as one beat. Having fishing on both rivers is often an advantage in times of heavy rainfall, when, due to their different speeds and catchments, one river may be fishable when the other is too coloured.
The beat is run on a friendly and informal basis. Tenants are expected to be friendly and help eachother. There is no ghillie, and you can explore the beat at your own pace. It is fairly easy to get to know and there are directions about where to fish in the hut aswell as a large map which it is reccomended to take a photograph of, on your phone before setting off.
As much of the beat is situated on the outside of a bend in the Tweed, the banks are often eroding and can be steep in places, and therefore a certain amount of clambering around will be necessary. Storm Arwen caused many hundreds of trees to fall along the upper part of the beat , but routes have been cleared to the start and finishes of each pool and it remains a beat that will reward the adventurous.
The beat is best fished by wading.
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Why you need to fish here
As most of the spring and summer fish on Tweed run the Ettrick water, having part of the beat on Ettrick, there is an opportunity to catch a spring or summer fish before the main run head up Upper Tweed.