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Sunday, 10 June 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 9th June 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 9th June

The week started with very dirty water from the thunder storms at the end of last week. As the water only rose about 1ft 6” as the river dropped back the colour really lingered as the low water struggled to push the colour through, was nearly Wednesday before you could see 2ft into it below Kelso. The never ending east winds continued again this week, especially in the afternoons where it seemed to pick up a tad and make a bit of a nuisance of itself for casting.
The conditions this week played its part in a lower catch but it was nice to see some more sea trout start to be caught, hopefully this is the start of a good run. We are hearing of increased number of sea trout appearing in the Nith area so fingers crossed it’s the same on the east coast.

Fishing at Middle Mertoun “Team V Fly” fished to the conditions are managed to land 5 fish for the 3 days, highlight of the trip was a First salmon  for Jake Mulholland and he made an excellent job of casting and playing it himself a most accomplished 12 year old sportsman. Very well done Jake.

Fishing at Mertoun Mr Nick Craigs and Mr Iain Wilson of the Borders Gunroon in St Boswells landed nice fish at the start of the week. Dryburgh Upper had a better week with 5, Mr Neil Abson landed 2 at the end of the week on the flying c.

46 Salmon and 8 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 15lb Salmon caught on the Junction Beat.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “We started off getting a fresh fish earlier in the week in fairly dirty conditions after that filthy list last weekend but not much sign of any fish moving once it settled. We did end the week with Mr Will Haggas making good use of some short lived cloud cover and landing a nice 10lber from the Cottage Stream”

On Upper North Wark, The rise in water wasn’t really enough for us to get a go, the time the colour got back to anything like a good fishing colour we were back of the gauge. Fishing remains priced at £25prpd for the whole of June.

Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports “Monday was a wash out, we landed 2 fish on Tuesday and lost 1 with another lost on Saturday. A total of 14 rods fished for the week with very little fishing done after lunch all week. Not a bad return for the hours fished. We have availability this week and conditions are looking good for us at £45 it’s well worth a try”

Mr David Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports “Whiteadder now at summer level however there was still one fish at 8lb taken on Tuesday. Fish showing in the river but badly in need of rain.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 3” and the water temperature is 60.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Lower Birgham, Ladykirk, Horncliffe and Tweedhill beats should have a chance of some action this week, if there is any rise in water Upper North Wark at £25 per rod per day could be a good shout.

The forecast this coming week, a cloudy start on Tuesday but there will be increasing amounts of sunshine. Dry for most, but a few showers cannot be ruled out. A cool day for June. Wednesday will start off dry but a band of rain will sweep eastwards, becoming heavy later on and winds will increase too. Patchy rain on Thursday will clear east to leave sunny spells and a scattering of showers. Very windy.

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 any information or photo’s you would like included please get in touch with Martin on 07825334427 or

With water levels finally starting to drop in and water temperatures starting to rise Floating lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment. Dressed flies around a size 10 to 12 should be the order of the day,  I would suggest are Copper Cascade, Stenton Shrimp, Gledswood Shrimp, Kylie Shrimp, Editor and Sunray Shadow should bring success. If you like to give the spinner a go, Rapala, Toby or Flying C should bring results.

As always come prepared and always listen to the advice of your boatman or ghillie. If you’re needing to top up your fly box ahead of your trip please check out

Season So Far catches
Total catch last week:  Salmon 63 Sea Trout 19
Total caught so far this season: 706 Salmon and 81 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 21lb Birgham Dub)
(Biggest Sea Trout 10lb Hendersyde)

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