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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 8th April 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly



River Tweed River Report Week Ending 8th April 

With a fairly settled but windy forecast hopes were high of finally getting a full week of fishing in reasonable conditions, something we haven’t had all season so far. With the milder water temperatures and frequent rises in the water the fish have started to make their further up the river system above Kelso. With 102 fish been reported this week, it’s been the best week of the season so far.

Middle Pavilion got off and running with Mr Keith Webster landed 2 on Friday. Whilie Lower Pavillion (2) Bemersyde (5) Upper Dryburgh (3) and Lower Dryburgh (3) all reporting fish this week, with a cracking 25lber been landed at Lower Dryburgh on Wednesday.

Bemersyde Head Ghillie Ian Farr reports “ 6 Fish for the week, biggest 15lbs all fresh while we also lost 3”

The Floor’s beats continue to catch on a regular basis with 19 landed for the week.

Speaking with Makerstoun's Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle, “1 off Upper and 4 Of Lower for the week. Mr James Robertson landed a 7lber in the Red Stones Pool on the CeeCee Fly, Mr Steven Roberts landed 2 with the best weighing 9lbs from the Pots in the Elchie Pool on the CeeCee Fly. Ms Gillian Hay landing a 7lb fish on Saturday in the Elchie Pool on a Yellow Monkey. 

On the Junction, the Mike Neil Party fished the first half of the week landed 7 fish on the fly, while the Ian Mattioli party had 9 to 14lbs for the end of the week. On Thursday Ms Laura Mattioli christened her new fly rod and landing a sea liced 7lber with Boatman Gavin Brown. The fish over the course of the week were mostly liced and were caught on Black and Yellow Flies. 


On Sprouston 10 fish were landed for the week with 6 of these caught on Friday. Mr Andy Britton with 4 and Mr Jim Reid with 2 all of which were sea liced and taken on the fly. While on Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “5 for the week, mostly fresh with a couple liced. A couple with dolphin bite marks, at last getting down to a height to slow them down and get fishing with sink tips and smaller flies"



On Lower Birgham a very special moment happened on Tuesday when 10 Year old Debbie Harris landed her 1st Salmon under the guidance of Boatman Ryan Morrison. Very well done Debbie.  

At Upper North Wark fishing was a bit quieter with 1 landed for the week, Mr Andrew Bendall been the successful angler landed a lovely 6lb fish from the Snipe. We’re still seeing the odd fish in the pools. 

Water conditions are starting to suit Tillmouth and they got off the mark on Saturday.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 1” and the water temperature is 50.

Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would recommend Tillmouth, Middle Pavillion and the Dryburgh beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.

 Looking ahead to next week the water levels are pretty steady with a slow drop, there is a bit of rain forecast this week but we’ll need to wait and see what comes. Conditions are really good for the majority of beats at the moment and with the lower water conditions I would expect fish to start being caught below Coldstream.


Water temperatures are starting to rise to a level where dressed flies in sizes 8 or 10, tubes around the ¾” – 1”  size should be about right. Blacko’s Dee Special, Ghillie, Underghillie & Girnal Shrimp should bring success fished off floating lines with poly leaders or an intermediate, 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 272 (Biggest 22lb Junction)
Sea Trout 26 (Biggest 8lb Lower Birgham & Junction)





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