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Sunday, 11 June 2017

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th June 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 10th June

After weeks of low water we finally got some much needed rain with the river rising 3 times over the week. The water peaked on Wednesday at around 5ft, but remained quite coloured and beery with conditions mainly suiting the spinner.

Mr Brian Douglas reports “ Fishing with Mr Iain Wilson at Lower Mertoun for the latter part of the week, we had 2 salmon and a sea trout on Thursday, Friday was a wash out, but we were back in business on Saturday with 4 fish between us and another 4 lost,3 to the fly and one to the rap.

Catches were scattered over the river, the best catches aiming from the Mertoun beats with 18, and Junction with 16 Salmon & 11 Sea Trout.

Upper and Lower Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports “Six for the week, the boys did well sticking with the fly in the coloured water conditions.”
Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “7 for the week, frustrated with an unsettled river but much needed lift to clean things out”

At Upper North Wark we were very glad to see some flow going through the beat and get back fishing after all these weeks of low water conditions. We fished on Saturday on falling water but the colour was still pretty beery but we had some success with Mr Jonathan Lane landing a fine 10lber from the Snipe Pool on the Carrot X-Rap.

Mr Douglas Aitken reports “We finally got the the long awaited flood which saw us eased off on Wednesday at Ladykirk and then Thursday on Middle Mertoun. Simon Barr with his guest went for a cast Friday afternoon at middle and hooked 4 and landed 1 in very coloured water. We arrived to a steady but still coloured river Saturday morning and shortly after 9am the heavens opened and it was very unpleasant till mid afternoon. Fishing with floaters and a range of sinking leaders and uv yellow tubes we managed 4 salmon to 10lbs and 2 sea trout to 5lbs. We fished hard and were rewarded with some Tweed silver. Richard Vainer with his catch.”

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 11” and the water temperature is 57.

Looking at the availability for the upcoming week I would suggest Upper North Wark, Lower Makerstoun and the Dryburgh beats should have a good chance of some action this coming week.

The forecast looks quite settled this week with mostly cloudy conditions with brisk south westerly winds.

Water temperatures are starting to rise to a level where dressed flies in sizes 8 or 10 & tubes around 1” should be about right. Blacko’s Dee Special, Aurora Cascade, Girnal Shrimp, Junction Shrimp, and if you fancy giving a Sunray Shadow a strip it should bring success fished off floating lines with poly leaders, while on the spinning front the 13cm Carrot 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 786 (Biggest 22lb Junction)
Sea Trout 120 (Biggest 8lb Lower Birgham & Junction)


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