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Sunday, 18 February 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 17th February 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 17th February


The water clarity and levels pretty much ruined the whole weeks fishing with Tuesday and Saturday been the only days with fishable water below Kelso.

Above Kelso the Floors beats landed 3 for the week, while below Kelso, Mr Eric Bell landed an 8lber from the Wintercast on Upper Hendersyde on Tuesday, on the same day Carham got off the mark for the season with 2 lovely springer’s landed in the Kitchen Rocks Pool.  

On Friday Mr Lee Ross caught South Wark’s 1st of the season with a nice wee springer landed on a 2” Yellow and Blue Copper Tube from the Temple Pool, with Head Boatman Richard Farr on the oars.

There seemed to be a few Sea Trout about this week with 4 been landed. Lower Birgham landed the best one with Mr Stewart Binns landed a cracking 9lber on the Fly, While on Upper North Wark Mr Hugh Newton landed 2 from the Snipe Pool on a 28gm Silver Toby. Hendersyde also landed one on Tuesday.



On Upper North Wark, pretty much faces with dirty water most of the week. Mr Hugh Newton landed 2 Sea Trout from the Snipe on Saturday.


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “Not a lot to say really, cold, water up and down on a daily basis. Had a few kelts. River needs to really drop back so we can get round the beat and maybe it'll get some fish to stop on the beat.  


8 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 8lb Salmon caught on the Upper Hendersyde Beat.



The week ended with the level at Sprouston 2ft 8” and the water temperature is 36.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Lower Makerstoun, Upper North Wark should all have a chance of a springer this week.


The forecast this coming week, Cloudy and wet start on Tuesday with outbreaks of rain pushing eastwards to leave the afternoon drier and brighter. Turning chilly overnight with clear spells, mist and fog patches forming locally. Dry but increasingly cloudy through Wednesday and overnight. Remaining cloudy on Thursday but largely dry with winds picking up through the day.


As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have any information or photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


Most beats will be fishing various sinking density lines with poly leaders on the end at the time of year it has to be a Black and Yellow and if that fails a Yellow and Black! Copper tubes around 1.5” should be the order of the day, some anglers are choosing to fish more with Aluminium tubes and using the fly line to get down. Pattern’s I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Posh Tosh, Gledswood Shrimp and Spring Ghillie should bring success. A wee personal favourite of mine is the Black and Yellow Samurai Shrimp at this time of year. Spinning started on the 15th so if you like to have a wee go Salmo Toby, Devon Minnow fished nice and slow should bring results.
As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you’re needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk


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Season So Far catches
Total catch last week:  Salmon 8 Sea Trout 4
Total caught so far this season: 38 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 19lb Junction)

(Biggest Sea Trout 9lb Lower Birgham)






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Monday, 12 February 2018

Willie Gunn Pot Belly Pig Salmon Flies - Tay Salmon Fly

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Sunday, 11 February 2018

Salmon Fishing Available On The River Tweed At Upper North Wark This Week - Tay Salmon Fly

Rods Available On Upper North Wark The Week.

Current Height 2ft 8 (start of the week be iffy with the coloured water today)
Monday 1 Rod
Tuesday 1 Rod
Wednesday 2 Rods
Thursday 2 Rods
Friday 2 Rods
Saturday 1 Rod
£50prpd
Can fish 3 rods if all the one party on these dates.
PM or give me a call on 07825 334427 to enquire/book

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River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th February 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th February


The water clarity was much better at the start of the week and the as the river dropped levels a few more beats below Kelso found some success. However this was relatively short lived as a milder day on Thursday brought in some snow melt and the river was a grumbly colour on Friday before rising 1ft and becoming pretty mucky on Saturday.


Heavy rain on Sunday has put the river up over 4ft and was really dirty this morning which will certainly effect Monday’s fishing.


The fish continued to be caught mostly in the Kelso area this week with Lower Makerstoun 2, Upper Floors 1, Lower Floors 2, Junction 7, Upper Hendersyde 1, Sprouston 2, Birgham Dub 5 having success this week.



Mr David Foreman was amongst the successful anglers at the Junction, while Oscar had a nice fish from Lower Floors on Monday. We heard of success for Mr Mark Jackson and Mr Alex Knox landing nice fish around 14/15lbs. Was good to see Lower Makerstoun get off the mark with 2 fish on Wednesday with Paddy Tomkins been successful.

Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports “It’s not thick with fish but we’re off the mark at least, hopefully this rise (Sunday) will draw one or two further on from the Junction”


On Upper North Wark, quiet week giving the water conditions, a couple of kelts and we had hold of what looked like a decent springer on Thursday but it fell off.


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “A slow week with no fish. We did see one on Thursday heading and tailing. Fished hard all week but no pulls”


20 Salmon and 0 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 19lb Salmon caught on the Junction Beat.



The week ended with the level at Sprouston 3ft 9” and the water temperature is 37.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Lower Birgham, Upper North Wark and South Wark should all have a chance of a springer this week.


The forecast this coming week, Spells of heavy snow Tuesday morning, then wintry showers through the afternoon and overnight. Later in the night a front will bring more persistent rain in from the west and this will fall as snow initially. On Wednesday, the snow will become more confined to higher ground. Wintry showers will follow into the afternoon and overnight. Wintry showers continuing on Thursday.


As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have any information or photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


Most beats will be fishing various sinking density lines with poly leaders on the end at the time of year it has to be a Black and Yellow and if that fails a Yellow and Black! Copper tubes around 1.5” should be the order of the day, some anglers are choosing to fish more with Aluminium tubes and using the fly line to get down. Pattern’s I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Posh Tosh, Gledswood Shrimp and Spring Ghillie should bring success. A wee personal favourite of mine is the Black and Yellow Samurai Shrimp at this time of year. Spinning starts on Thursday 15th so if you like to have a wee go Salmo Toby, Devon Minnow fished nice and slow should bring results.
As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you’re needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk


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Season So Far catches
Total catch last week:  Salmon 20 Sea Trout 0
Total caught so far this season: 30 Salmon and 0 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 19lb Junction)

(Biggest Sea Trout None Caught)







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Sunday, 4 February 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 3rd February 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 3rd February


The first few days of the new season as always new optimism of what the season will bring and what new memories will be made. Water conditions were looking really good in the lead up to opening day, but a 1ft lift on the Wednesday gave the beats below the Teviot a road wash muck that wasn’t ideal.

As would be expected in the conditions the Springer’s that were caught were mall around the Kelso area. I believe Upper Floors landed the 1st fish of the river with Mr Bjorn Sahlquist been the successful angler.

The Floors beats had a decent start to the season with 5 Springer’s landed for the opening 3 days. Further to Bjorn’s fish there were 2 other landed on Upper, inc a  stunning sea liced fish from the Black Stone While Lower got off the mark with Herbert landing his first ever Springer. On a Bob Clay split cane rod too! At the end of the day on Saturday Kent landed a cracking springer from the Coachwynd.


The Junction beat landed 3 with Mr Bob Miller landing 2 and DC landing 1.


Upper Hendersyde Head Boatman Mr Rober Jewels reports “Very quiet 3 days apart from the springer we got on Saturday morning. Hopefully a few about this week with the river settling down nicely”

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “Water dropped to a nice height, availability all week for the next 2 weeks. A few kelts caught as the water dropped to a better fishable height”


On Upper North Wark, levels were at a good height for the beat but the colour in the water didn’t make fishing conditions ideal. Mr Mike Graham landed a couple of kelts.


Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “A bit on the high side on Opening Day for us but we fished and had a well mended kelt. Friday and Saturday had good conditions but no fish to be seen. Things will improve as the levels drop back”

10 Salmon and 0 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 12lb Salmon caught on the Junction Beat.



The week ended with the level at Sprouston 2ft 2” and the water temperature is 37.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Upper Floors, Lower Floors, Lower Birgham, Upper North Wark and South Wark should all have a chance of a springer this week.

The forecast this coming week looks quite cold with a chance of snow/ice Monday night into Tuesday. Towards the end of the week it looks like the wind will be picking up


As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have information and photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk


Most beats will be fishing various sinking density lines with poly leaders on the end at the time of year it has to be a Black and Yellow and if that fails a Yellow and Black! Copper tubes around 1.5” should be the order of the day, some anglers are choosingto fish more with Aluminium tubes and using the fly line to get down. Pattern’s I would suggest are Black and Yellow (Tosh), Posh Tosh, Gledswood Shrimp and Spring Ghillie should bring success. A wee personal favourite of mine is the Black and Yellow Samurai Shrimp at this time of year.  As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you’re needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk


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Season So Far catches
Total catch last week:  Salmon 10 Sea Trout 0
Total caught so far this season: 10 Salmon and 0 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 12lb Junction)

(Biggest Sea Trout None Caught)







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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

River Tweed Looking Forward To The 2018 Salmon Fishing Season - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed Looking Forward To The 2018 Salmon Fishing Season



With the close season coming to an end and we get back on the oars searching the pools for the elusive and highly sought after Spring Salmon with an anticipation of what the season will bring.

The winter has been quite a bit colder than recent years with some days of grue and a fair bit of snow during early January. On the 23rd January the temperature increased to 10 degrees and a quick thaw occurred, reaching around 9ft on the Sprouston Gauge on Fishtweed, this was followed by a night of heavy rain which put the river up quickly and around 16:45 it peaked at 11ft 7” on the Sprouston Gauge. Hopefully conditions will settle down and give us good fishing conditions for opening day on the 1st February.


Upper Dryburgh have appointed Mr Brian Douglas as their Head Boatman, Brian brings a wealth of experience and will be a great asset to the beat. I would like to wish Brian every success for the season ahead and many more in the future.


In the early part of the season the Springer’s tend to be caught around the Kelso area. If your aren’t already booked up, beats worth having a cast on Upper North Wark, Lower Birgham, Lower Makerstoun, if the conditions go a bit milder, Upper and Lower Dryburgh, Rutherford will be worth a cast.


Some very rare early season availability has come up on the South Wark beat. The beat is around 2 miles in length and runs down the English side of the river with Upper North Wark, Lower North Wark and the Lees on the opposite bank. A lovely mixture of streamy fly runs to deeper parks provide ample areas for springers to hold up. Head Boatman Mr Richard Farr over see’s the daily running of the beat with 2 rods assisted by 2 boatmen. Prices start from £40+VATprpd. Please contact John Lovett for further information/bookings 01668 215421/07836 370661 or Email: john@warkestate.co.uk


Fishing is Fly Only 1st to 14th February, with sinking line normally the order of the day with various poly leaders. Flies in various weights around 1.5” to 2”in Black and Yellow colour combination should bring success. If you would like to top up your fly box for the new season please check out www.taysalmonfly.co.uk.


Looking for somewhere to eat while you’re fishing? We highly recommend the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant in Kelso. Call 01573 224777 to book a table or check out their website www.thecontentedvine.com


As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have information and photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or info@taysalmonfly.co.uk







Please come along and like our Facebook Page and join in the discussion and check out our other deadly salmon flies.

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Tie your own salmon flies and looking for salmon fly dressings and salmon fly patterns please click here  

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