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Sunday, 23 April 2017

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 22nd April 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 22nd April

Last week saw no real improvement in the catches with just the odd fish here and there throughout the river. The weather remained pretty settled with some days of brisk westerly winds.

Middle Pavillion had 2 for the week Inc one for Mr Mickley from the Whirls

Bemersyde Head Ghillie Mr Ian Farr Reports “Had a sea liced fish on Wednesday for Mr John Murray and a very fresh one on Friday for Mr Borras. Not much fly life about and even fewer trout”

Speaking with Makerstoun's Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle, "2 from Upper this week. Mr Alex Knox owner of The Contented Vine restaurant in Kelso, landed 1 on Monday”

 On the Junction, the Langford Party had 3 for the week Inc a nice fish for John Taylor. 

On Upper Hendersyde, Mr Jim Reid landed a nice 8lber on the fly from the Wintercast on Friday.

Sprouston landed 2 fish for the week. Both been caught on Monday with the best being 15lbs.

While on Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “One fish for the week and One Pull"

On Birgham Dub 4 were landed for the week, all sea liced and been caught using Micro Tubes and sink tips. 87 Year Old  Mr Barry Whelam, designer of the Hardy Type 2 Reel was amongst the successful rods.

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

Tillmouth had 2 for the week.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 6” and the water temperature is 50.
Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would recommend Pedwell, Ladykirk and Horncliffe 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 ½” to ¾” size should be about right. Blacko’s Dee Special, Ghillie, Underghillie & Girnal Shrimp should bring success fished off floating lines with poly leaders, while on the spinning front the 13cm Blue Rapala, Black/Gold 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 338 (Biggest 22lb Junction)
Sea Trout 27 (Biggest 8lb Lower Birgham & Junction)

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