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Sunday, 16 April 2017

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 15th April 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 15th April

Last week saw the best week of the season so far, so hopes were high for this week but it wasn’t to be. Catches were surprisingly poor for the time of the year; could it be the April Itch, lack of fresh fish entering the river, general conditions? Time will tell over the next few weeks.

Speaking with Makerstoun's Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle, "3 from lower for the week. One of 12lb which was probably an early March fish with a touch of disease on the nose, That is the problem  most fish have with the annual "Itch" at the moment.One of the Saturday fish was spanking fresh. All fish were caught using intermediate tips and size 8 dressed flies".

 On the Junction, the Bailey Party fished the first half of the week landing 4 fish to 22lbs, while the Delvive party had 2 for the second 3 days of the week. On Wednesday Mr Keith Francis landed a lovely fish with Boatman Gavin Brown, while on Friday Mr Mike Graham had success.

Upper Hendersyde Head Boatman Robert Jewels reports “3 for the week all sea liced on the fly. Nice to see the Osprey get a nice trout”

Sprouston landed 7 fish for the week. Mr Wilson Philips and Mr Jim Ferrie having success during the first half of the week, Mr Ian Clark and his fishing companion Graham enjoyed some good sport, landing 5 for the back end of the week; both fish on Saturday were fresh and still carrying long tailed sea lice.

While on Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “Frustrating week, Saw a few more fish in the beat and  finished with 4 with 3 of these liced, again a couple with wounds probably from a seal. That’s nearly 50% of our fish this season have been bitten. Worrying! "

On Lower Birgham Mr Jeff Slater landed a lovely fresh fish on Monday.

At Upper North Wark fishing was quiet, good effort made by the rods but with no success

Tillmouth had 2 to 17lbs on Wednesday.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 9” and the water temperature is 48.
Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would recommend Tillmouth, Milne Graden and Pedwell beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.

 The next week the water levels are expected to remain pretty steady with the dry weather and cold nights we have had lately. The forecast looks quite settled with no significant rain in the forecast, and we could really do with wee lift would to freshen things up. 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.
Season So Far catches as reported on Fishtweed.
Salmon 308 (Biggest 22lb Junction)
Sea Trout 27 (Biggest 8lb Lower Birgham & Junction)

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