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Sunday, 18 August 2019

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 17th August 2019 - Tay Salmon Fly



River Tweed River Report Week Ending 17th August

On Monday we were greeted by a proper flood getting to over 8ft on the Sprouston gauge which should have given the river a much needed clean out and get some fish on the move. As the water dropped and started to clear fish were caught in good numbers with individual beats reporting double figure catch days on Wednesday, Middle Mertoun and Lower Floors both catching 11 fish for the day and a few other beats reporting 8s and 9s for the day, with that, this week was the best weeks catch of the season so far. A combined catch of 415 Salmon and Sea Trout were reported with fish been caught on most beats on a variety of methods but the excellent “Carrot” Rapala proving its worth in the falling coloured water. Hopefully more of the same this week coming.

Above Kelso 89 fish were reported, with Middle Mertoun 17, Upper Floors 14, Lower Floors 15, Rutherford 13 and Lower Pavilion 10 having the best of the fishing. Along with the 13 Salmon at Rutherford they also landed 12 Sea Trout on Tuesday and 10 Sea Trout on Wednesday with Mr Jonathan Reddin been amongst the successful rods.   Lower Pavilion had 10 Salmon and 23 Sea Trout for the week Mr Scott Connelly, Mr Lee Conway and Mr James Mclay having success on Saturday. Mr Craig Drever had success at Boleside while on Dryburgh Upper Mr Bob Mallindine had a nice fish from the Throat Stream. Mr Callum Conner of Scotia Fishing had a lovely fresh grilse from the upper river.
Between Kelso and Coldstream 97 fish were reported with the fish scattered about a few beats with Lees 21, Lower North Wark 14 and Junction 10 having the best of the fishing. On Upper North Wark Mr John Marshall fishing the fly landed 3 fish 16lbs from the Dub on a black and yellow, he followed this up with a 14lber from the Snipe on the same black and yellow then the following day landed a 10lber in the same pool on a Willie Gunn. Fishing at Lower Birgham Lauren from the USA landed her first ever salmon weighing 6lbs. Fishing on the Lees Mr Nigel Houldsworth landed 4 from the Cauldstream on Friday, 3 of these were nice fresh fish. Fishing at the Junction Mr Steve Robbins had success.

Below Coldstream 29 fish were reported, with Tillmouth landing 7, Ladykirk 6, Milne Graden 5 and Pedwell 5 having the best of the fishing. Mr Ian Hayward had success at Milne Graden landed fish up to 18lbs.

On the River Till, higher water level for the week made fishing difficult and only 2 Sea Trout at Tiptoe were reported.
229 Salmon and 186 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 18lb Salmon caught on the Milne Graden beat.



Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “This week saw the water from last weekend drop fast and clear. We had an incredible Tuesday morning landing 4 salmon and loosing 3 others. Then 2 Wednesday, 1 and 2 sea trout Thursday, one salmon Friday and a salmon and a sea trout Saturday. We easily lost as many as we landed this week but nice to get in and amongst the fish. The water is a good height and hope it stays up a bit and Fingers crossed this next week continues in the same fashion. Tight lines Tom.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “After losing Monday to a dirty flood we managed to wet the line for the rest of the wk. little lifts every other day making things difficult but not impossible. It was a quiet river and we actually caught more than we saw moving and ended the week with a mixture of 8 salmon and grilse plus 6 sea trout”

On Upper North Wark, nice to be back fishing with some water running under the boat after the 8ft rise on Monday dropping and clearing as the week progressed before the rise on Friday night ruined Saturday. We finished with 3 for the week and lost 3. Mr John Marshall had a good couple of days landing 3 fish at 16lbs, 14lbs and 10lbs all on the fly.


Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Dave Cowan reports “Whiteadder dropped away during the week to settle at 1ft 9 inches on Saturday and in very good condition. River holding a lot of Grilse at the moment and fishing well. One 3lb sea trout on Monday followed by a 9 lb salmon on Tuesday and three Grilse Wednesday. Finished the week with a further three Grilse on Saturday. Prospects for Monday good but need rain to keep the level up.


Hawick Angling Club reports “As usual, late July and early August has been difficult for fishing. Acreknowe, has fished reasonably well but it has been hit or miss as far as seeing fish rise. Again the last hour has been the most successful. Williestruther has been very lightly fished the past few weeks. Power bait is still taking the majority of fish. Barnes Loch like, Acreknowe, is fishing best just before dark. Again sedges taking most fish. On the rivers the water levels have been up and down over the past week. A few sea-trout and the odd salmon have been caught. We need the water to settle down to see what is there. Tickets can be purchased from the usual outlets. Tight Lines”


We are blessed in this area to have some superb local fishing tackle shops that are well worth a visit the superb well stocked Borders Gunroom in St Boswells and Fin and Game in Kelso I would recommend for a rummage round which and find out from the local staff what’s currently doing the damage on the river and lochs.

After any fishing trip on the Tweed it’s always worth a trip to Kelso to enjoy a superb meal with great atmosphere in the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant. I would highly recommend it as a must visit during your trip. Call 01573 224777 to reserve your table.

The stunning Saddler Cottage, located within the grounds of Tillmouth Park in now under new ownership. Suitable for fishers and families this lovely cottage is very handily placed for fishing the Lower and Bottom Tweed beats. If you would like more information please check out the link https://www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com/properties/saddler-cottage/

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 2ft 1” and the water temperature is 58.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Boleside, Upper Hendersyde and Upper North Wark beats should have a chance of some action this week.


The forecast this coming week, Monday will remain rather windy, with further heavy and perhaps thundery showers developing at times. Tuesday will start on a relatively dry and bright note, though rain or showers will slowly push in from the south-west through the day. More eastern districts may remain drier. Dry for a time at first on Wednesday, though becoming very wet and windy as a further front moves in from the west. Thursday will be another windy day, with showers or longer spells of rain at times.

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


Look at what to bring for the week aheads fishing, intermediate lines with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most places with Gledswood Shrimp, Sunray Shadow, Ghillie and Cascader are all capable to tempting fish on half inch or dressed flies in size 8 and 10. On the spinning front the Orange Rapala, 28-30gm tobies 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:  229 Salmon 186 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 2715 Salmon and 1401 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 20lb Sprouston & BDAA Whiteadder)
(Biggest Sea Trout 13lb Sprouston)



























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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th August 2019 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th August

Another consistent week with more heavy deluges of rain around the catchment, fish continue to be caught maybe not in the numbers people would like to be but there is an improvement on last season, especially with the conditions. A proper flood finally hit at the end of the week pushing 10ft on the Norham Gauge. If they are there to come they should come on the back of this. Fingers Crossed.

Fishing on Tipoe on the River Till on the 27th July Mr Fergus Ligging landed a 6lb fish from the Top Stream. The BDAA beats on the Whiteadder had a better week with Mr Callum Simpson been amongst the successful rods.

Above Kelso 30 fish were reported, with the Dryburgh Beats 7 having the best of the fishing.
Between Kelso and Coldstream 27 fish were reported with the fish scattered about a few beats with Sprouston 8 having the best of the fishing. Fishing at the Lees Mr Jonathan Reddin landed a superb fresh 16lb fish. On Upper North Wark Mr Sean Cassidy on his first visit to the beat landed a 5lb Sea Trout from the Snipe.

Below Coldstream 30 fish were reported, with Tillmouth landing 6, Ladykirk 5 and Horncliffe 8 having the best of the fishing. On Waltham and Dritness Mr Ron Martin landed a 6lb fresh grilse on Monday.

On the River Till, catches remained on the quiet side but 3 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout at Redscar and Upper Tindal and and 1 Sea Trout at Lower Tindal were reported.
113 Salmon and 93 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 15lb Salmon caught on the Bemersyde beat.

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “A tough week with the water levels, colour and general unfavourable fishing conditions. But we did manage 3 salmon and a sea trout last week. Looks very high and wet for next week. Let’s hope it drops quickly and we can get back on the water soon. Tight lines. Tom”


On Upper North Wark, 1 Sea Trout for the week landed by Mr Sean Cassidy in the Snipe.


Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Dave Cowan reports “Whiteadder started to rise on Monday night peaking at 4ft 6 inches on Saturday morning. Anglers took advantage of the run of fish with 4 salmon and three sea trout over Tuesday and Wednesday. At 2 ft 8 and falling but with serious rain forecast for Sunday prospects for early next week could be good as the Whiteadder drops away very quickly. The river is a great standby for lost days on Tweed. Day permits costing £30 can be purchased from FishPal.




We are blessed in this area to have some superb local fishing tackle shops that are well worth a visit the superb well stocked Borders Gunroom in St Boswells and Fin and Game in Kelso I would recommend for a rummage round which and find out from the local staff what’s currently doing the damage on the river and lochs.

After any fishing trip on the Tweed it’s always worth a trip to Kelso to enjoy a superb meal with great atmosphere in the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant. I would highly recommend it as a must visit during your trip. Call 01573 224777 to reserve your table.

The stunning Saddler Cottage, located within the grounds of Tillmouth Park in now under new ownership. Suitable for fishers and families this lovely cottage is very handily placed for fishing the Lower and Bottom Tweed beats. If you would like more information please check out the link https://www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com/properties/saddler-cottage/

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 5ft 6” and the water temperature is 64.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Boleside, Upper Hendersyde, Hendersyde and Upper North Wark beats should have a chance of some action this week.


The forecast this coming week, another day of scattered showers and sunny spells, these most numerous during the afternoon. A cool day, with a gentle to moderate westerly breeze. Wednesday currently looks cloudy with outbreaks of rain, some of the rain possibly becoming heavy. Thursday will be a breezy day with the chance of showers moving in on a brisk north-westerly breeze. Friday looks set to become increasingly unsettled, as a rather deep area of low pressure develops. This system could bring showers or longer spells of rain and strong winds.

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


Look at what to bring for the week aheads fishing, intermediate lines with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most places with Gledswood Shrimp, Sunray Shadow, Ghillie and Cascader are all capable to tempting fish on half inch or dressed flies in size 8 and 10. On the spinning front the Orange Rapala, 28-30gm tobies 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: 113 Salmon 93 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 2486 Salmon and 1215 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 20lb Sprouston & BDAA Whiteadder)
(Biggest Sea Trout 13lb Sprouston)







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Tuesday, 6 August 2019

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 3rd August 2019 - Tay Salmon Fly


River Tweed River Report Week Ending 3rd August

A bit better week with a wee rise greeting the fishermen on Monday morning which dropped away before getting another wee bump in the levels on Wednesday. Heavy thundery showers working their way round the catchment landing in the right places now and again. A good rise this week and lots of colour coming down the Teviot should hopefully move some fish about.

Above Kelso 37 fish were reported, with the Floors Beats 10 having the best of the fishing.
Between Kelso and Coldstream 49 fish were reported with the fish scattered about a few beats with Birgham Dub 8, Lees 7 and Sprouston 6 having the best of the fishing. Fishing on Cornhill Mr Steven McGregor landed 2 fish for his day using a size 12 Orange Flamethrower. On West Newbigging Mr Ian White landed a grilse while on Upper North Wark Mr Richard Farr landed one in the Dub and Mr Neil Sillett at success in the Snipe.

Below Coldstream 53 fish were reported, with Tillmouth landed 25 and Ladykirk 11 having the best of the fishing. On Waltham and Dritness Mr Ian Webberburn landed a 5lb Grilse while on the same beat Mr Jack Weightman landed a 6lb Grilse.

On the River Till, catches remained on the quiet side but 3 Sea Trout at Redscar and Upper Tindal and 2 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout at Tiptoe were reported.
163 Salmon and 71 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 17lb Salmon caught on the Ladykirk beat.

Middle Pavilion Head Ghillie Steven Charlton reports “Well, July started with a fish on the first, The month was tough with a sea trout landed on our traditional Ladies weekend by Miss Anne Woodcock on the 19th , This weekend also seen the seen the first of four three foot rises in less seven days, Mixed in among the hottest day of the year, Then Mr Ian Morgan came to fish on Saturday in a very slow rising start, Ian managed to land three sea trout and one salmon, Monday saw favourable conditions With overcast skies and peaty water three more fish landed including two for Mr Stephen Fielding who is continuing his good season and putting him in the lead for the top rod this season. We do have availability for August and if these small rises keep coming fish will continue to run, so if you are looking for fishing please feel free to contact me to enquire!
Top Rod.
Mr Stephen Fielding 4
Mr Graham Thomas 3
Mr Ian Morgan 2 (3)
Mr Paul Mickley 2
Tight Lines”



Bemersyde Head Ghillie Mr Ian Farr reports “Here we are at the end of July, it’s been a mixed month with the weather seeing water most weeks up to 2 ft 6 and it carried a lot of beer colour which should have been good for the sea trout. 3 where landed and a few lost but we expected a few more on the back of numbers reported down river. Fingers crossed we get a big late run. With the Salmon we ended up with 15 most of them fresh run. Fishing the Sunray did well for Fiona Brown, her first try she landed a 8lbs fresh fish out the Boat Pool and the same with William Stebbings a 5lbs fish! The others came on a variety of flies, Blue Gledswood and Silver Stoat doing well. The Stream and Boat Pool have fished well this month with Woodside keeping its end up! Some changes to the scenery at Woodside all the Softwoods are being taken out on the Ravenswood side, this might let the wind in on a bad day. I have been busy catching up with the weed cutting and strimming the banks. The water is dropping away of the gauge now so waiting for the next flood to bring some more fish in. Fingers Crossed https://bemersydeestate.com/

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “At lower birgham this week the little rises of water helped us with fresh fish running upto and through us. We started the week well with a salmon and 2 sea trout on the Monday, then on Tuesday even though the water was clearer touched nothing, but did see fish. Wednesday we had 2 fish, both fresh grilse and then quiet Thursday. Friday morning we landed 3 salmon (1 salmon and 2 grilse) and lost 2 others. Then with the sun and east wind on Saturday it went quiet again. But 6 salmon and 2 sea trout was a very good week. Hopefully some rain next week and more fish running. Fingers crossed”


On Upper North Wark, done a wee bit of fishing this week while working on the finishing touches for the new hut. We managed 2 fish for the week with Mr Richard Farr and Mr Neil Sillettt having success.

Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Dave Cowan reports “Despite some rain locally Whiteadder remained low and dropped to 2 inches on Saturday morning. No fish reported and rain desperately needed for Monday.”

Hawick Angling Club reports “The weather again has made for difficult fishing conditions. Acreknowe, has been hard going through the day, but has been fishing well most nights in the last hour of light. Very good hatches of Sedges have been happening just at darkening and the fish are rising freely. Power bait is still taking the majority of fish at Williestruther but more anglers are fishing Nymphs, Buzzers and Dries and taking some nice fish. Barnes Loch like, Acreknowe, is fishing best just before dark. Again sedges taking most fish. On the rivers the extra water has moved some fish. The odd salmon and sea-trout has been caught. Tickets can be purchased from the usual outlets. Tight Lines”


We are blessed in this area to have some superb local fishing tackle shops that are well worth a visit the superb well stocked Borders Gunroom in St Boswells and Fin and Game in Kelso I would recommend for a rummage round which and find out from the local staff what’s currently doing the damage on the river and lochs.

After any fishing trip on the Tweed it’s always worth a trip to Kelso to enjoy a superb meal with great atmosphere in the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant. I would highly recommend it as a must visit during your trip. Call 01573 224777 to reserve your table.

The stunning Saddler Cottage, located within the grounds of Tillmouth Park in now under new ownership. Suitable for fishers and families this lovely cottage is very handily placed for fishing the Lower and Bottom Tweed beats. If you would like more information please check out the link https://www.crabtreeandcrabtree.com/properties/saddler-cottage/

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 5” and the water temperature is 64.


Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend Dryburgh Upper, Milne Graden and Tillmouth beats should have a chance of some action this week.


The forecast this coming week, early cloud and rain will spread east and north tomorrow morning, leaving some sunny spells and a few lingering showers. In the afternoon showers will turn heavy and thundery in places. Low pressure will keep the middle of next week unsettled with plenty of showers and thunderstorms. Tuesday and Wednesday are likely to see showers throughout the day, with these turning heavy and thundery in the afternoon. By Thursday, as the low moves off to the east, thunderstorms are less likely but scattered showers are still expected at times.

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


Look at what to bring for the week aheads fishing, Floating lines with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most places with Gledswood Shrimp, Sunray Shadow, Ghillie and Cascader are all capable to tempting fish on half inch or dressed flies in size 10 and 12. On the spinning front the Blue Rapala, 18-20gm tobies 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:  163 Salmon 71 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 2223 Salmon and 972 Sea Trout


As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 20lb Sprouston & BDAA Whiteadder)
(Biggest Sea Trout 13lb Sprouston)













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

For all your Salmon Fishing Flies visit our Tay Salmon Fly Website please click here

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To book or enquire about fishing on the Upper North Wark beat on the River Tweed please give Martin a call on 07825 334427












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