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Monday, 4 December 2017

River Tweed River Report Final Week Of The Season Ending 30th November 2017 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Final Week Of The Season Ending 30th November 2017

Well….that’s it all over and done with, I don’t think there was much fishing effort made over the last 4 days of the season. There are lots of theories to what went wrong with the autumn run, we’ll just need to wait and see what’s going to be suggested going forward.

6 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout were reported for the last 4 days of the season, the best fish for the week was 18lb Salmon caught on the Glenormiston Beat.

The Season So Far tally has finished on 6162 Salmon and 1688 Sea Trout. I would expect this to rise once the catches from non-reporting beats and the tributaries are reported. 

Spring availability in now be listed on Fishtweed and via beat agents so get planning for the 2018 season

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Boatman/Ghillies/Fishers/Secretaries who gave me regular weekly reports, without them this report wouldn’t be the same. Mr Tom Leslie for his wonderful support and kind gestures for the Boatmen and Ghillies of the river,  Mr Alex Knox of the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant in Kelso for hosting our boatman’s end of season dinner along with  providing a wonderful service and high quality food on a regular basis to the fishers of the River Tweed.

Tweedswood Head Ghillie Mr Kevin Patterson reports “With the season drifting out to sea on a probable 8ft wave it’s with mixed feelings we look back and for some it’s been a great time and fish caught for others it’s been hard going but over all we are in the middle when it was good it was good but when poor very poor no balance no guarantees mind you there never is .Thank you to you all that came tried and made my job so enjoyable as a tweed Ghillie because without you guys and girls i would be out a job . For fishing hard when it was testing and sitting in a nice warm fishing hut might have been favoured and for getting stuck in when others around were not quite as keen i am very lucky to have a hard core team or two and it just goes to show what we can do in a pretty poor Tweed season we manage to get a good score of 104 so far and i am very pleased with that .Top salmon caught by size was a fine 26lb salmon by Mr Steven Ferguson that was quite a change in that we didn't get any big salmon over the last few season and this was a good strong fighting fish hope it gets on to the redds to complete his journey . Another salmon that sticks in the Memory was Charlie’s personal best 22lb salmon which was a hard weeks fishing reward plus a fantastic win on the horses on the final afternoon that’s what it’s all about at Tweedswood we have great fun I hope that you will return again to see what it throws at us in 2018 so to you all cheers from the Tweedswood Team. Look forward to the fishing in 2018 don't think about it get in touch with me on to fix out what you want mobile no 07971828086 cheers to you all Kevin”

Middle Pavillion Head Ghillie Mr Mick Charlton reports “
Hi All, Well that's 2017 Salmon fishing over and done. (Not before time some might say!)
Firstly November, The first fish of the month went to Mr Jamie Boyd on his first visit to the beat, A personal best for Jamie (12 lb) Caught on a Flamethrower from the Boat Shiel. The 13th and 2 1 for Mr Bob Bulloch from the Whirls. Then another personal best and as it turned out our biggest fish of the season. A 21 lb fish For Mrs Jan Christie caught in the Whirls on a Cascade. 2 fish that week for Mr George Holdsworth, 1 from the Elm Weil and the other from the Whirls.
The last fish of the season was caught by Mr Phil Dickinson making his first ever visit to the beat. Caught in the Boat Shiel on a Gledswood Shrimp.
Not a November to get excited about for numbers of fish but it was noticeable that the fish were as in October much larger than average.
Overall the season has followed the pattern of the last 3 years, spring was as in previous years steady, with fish coming steadily from early April onwards for whatever reason we seemed to lose more fish than normal!
Summer and plenty of water! Good old barbecue summer! On the plus side this meant a decent run of fish through the summer months.
Autumn and as in the last few season no Autumn run to speak of, plenty of fish about sadly mostly older fish and hard to interest in the fly, on the plus side most of these fish were in double figures with one or two very large fish about.
Onwards and upwards let’s put this season to bed and look ahead to 2018 and hope the theories are right (depending on which one you believe!) Fingers crossed we see more fish returning to the Tweed and we can have a season to remember for the right reasons.
We are now taking bookings for next season and have been quite busy already so if you would like to make sure you get the days you want contact us before it’s too late!
Wishing you all a merry Christmas and tight lines for 2018”

Makerstoun Head Boatman Mr Colin Pringle reports “A new year, fresh fish bring it on”

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “After this season I don’t think it can be any worse, as long as we get the conditions a bit more favourable next spring”

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “A very tough year, massively disappointing lack of an autumn run. Some months have seen more fish than normal, so fingers crossed these months continue to improve and hopefully the fish numbers next year are better than this year and the last 4 years”

On Upper North Wark, the season never really got going for us, losing the water level at the wrong time going into April when we were picking away through March. July proved to be our more productive month of the season with 10 Salmon landed. Sea Trout numbers were reasonable this season to. The autumn just never got going and was a long hard slog. Looking forward to the 2018 season with optimistic hopes for the spring and summer fishing and hope some of the theories been bounced around for the autumn run comes true. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our fishers who fished through the season and look forward to welcoming you’s back next season. Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “The last 4 days dragged by as we waited for the 30th and close of play for the 2017 season. The only highlight was a 9lb hen fish caught by Tom Wadsworth at the Iron Gate point on Monday, this was a special fish as it was Toms birthday and the first fish he's caught on a fly.The water conditions were perfect but just no fish.

Hawick Angling Club reports “That is the end of the Salmon season and I think that most anglers will be glad that it is over. There are very few fish being seen and also more worryingly is the lack of redds being seen. There has been little fishing activity over the past few weeks and this must rank as the worst back end for many years”

Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Mr David Cowan reports “Despite difficult fishing conditions on the main stem of the Tweed the Whiteadder benefited from higher river levels than normal and fish ran through most of the summer.
Total salmon caught amounted to 56 fish with 20 sea trout, an improvement on the last few years. It was also encouraging to see more anglers on the water during the season. A day permit at £30 is a good substitute to lost days when the Tweed is flooded off. The Berwick & District Angling Association AGM will be held on the 10th January at 7pm at the Black and Gold Social Club in Berwick where all season permit holders will be welcome.
If anyone would like further information or a taster session in the spring please contact the Secretary on 01289306985 or see us on FishPal & at

The season ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 5” and the water temperature is 38.

As always I would like to thank all those who provide me with the information to make this report, it is very much appreciated. If you have information and photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or

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Season So Far catches
Total catch last week: 6 Salmon 1 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 6162 Salmon and 1688 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 36lb Monteviot)

(Biggest Sea Trout 15lb Bemersyde)

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