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Friday, 7 April 2017

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 1st April 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 1st April

After losing most of the previous week to the water conditions it was a welcome sight to see clear water last Monday morning and a reasonable height for fishing.

The best around Kelso enjoyed the best of the fishing with fish caught on beats above and below the Teviot junction.

The Floor’s beats enjoyed a good March week landing 21 fish, including a superb fish of 24lb caught by regular Tweed angler, and former Malloch Trophy winner Mr Jim Reid.


Fishing at Upper Dryburgh Mr Mike Roberts landed 2, while Rutherford had 6 for the week with 5 caught in a rush on Wednesday!

Speaking with Makerstoun's Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle, “ the unsettled conditions haven't helped us, but we did managed 2 fish this week. One on Monday @ 12lbs and one on Thursday @ 7lbs. However we saw good numbers of fish running on Wednesday morning”

On the Junction, Mr John Richardson’s party landed 26 along with 1 Sea Trout for the week most of which were sea liced and the biggest was 16lbs. The Underghillie Fly was amongst the successful patterns.



Upper Hendersyde had 5 for the week up to 12lbs, with 3 taken on the fly. Unsettled conditions again hampered further catches this week reports Head Boatman Robert Jewells.

On Sprouston 2 fish were landed on Monday while on Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “A week of 2 halves, we 4 landed on the fly to 15lbs all fresh, then the river did what it has been doing all season and we lost more days to high, dirty water!"

Lower Birgham landed a 9lb sea liced fish on the fly on Tuesday.

At Upper North Wark fishing we had fish moving through at the start of the week and the tactic of just keeping going and trying to get in front of one eventually paid off. On Tuesday Mr Gary Derrick landing a superb 20lb fish on the Fly from the Wark Dub and on Wednesday Mr Hugh Newton landed a 8lber on the Rapala from the Snipe after a brief contact earlier in the same pool on the Fly.


The week ended with the level at Sprouston 2ft 4” and the water temperature is 50.

Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would recommend Lower Makerstoun, Upper North Wark and the Dryburgh beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.
Looking ahead to next week the water levels are starting to steady off and should slowly settle and drop in as the week progresses.

Water temperatures are starting to rise to a level where dressed flies in sizes 6 or 8, tubes around the inch size should be about right. Blacko’s Dee Special, Ghillie, Underghillie & Girnal Shrimp should bring success, while on the spinning front the 13cm Blue Rapala, Tobies in 18gm – 28gm and with the water temperature getting up a bit now the flying c should bring some success. As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie.
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Season So Far catches as reported on Fishtweed.
Salmon 205 (Biggest 22lb Junction)
Sea Trout 22 (Biggest 8lb Lower Birgham & Junction)



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