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Sunday, 17 June 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 16th June 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 16th June

Another week with quite unsettled water conditions with a small rise on Wednesday night into Thursday making the river dirty and this kept a black tinge to the river for the rest of the week. Fishing continues to be sporadic with better days than others, was quite chuffed after reporting last week that Sea Trout were starting to appear in the Nith area that here was a better week with the Sea Trout catch been the highest of the season so far. The Salmon catches were also better with the rise in water moving the fish up through the system with 37 of the week’s catch been reported caught above Kelso. Below Kelso did struggle a bit due to the water colour with 27 reported between Kelso and Coldstream and 11 reported below Coldstream. There were numerous reports of lost fish during the week, maybe just not taking well with the unsettled conditions.

There seems to be a mixture of fish getting caught from older spring fish to fresh sea liced summer salmon, there are odd reports of Grilse starting to appear. Conditions look a bit more settled this coming week, so hopefully get a few more fish caught.

Dryburgh Upper had a good end to the week with Fraser, Ginger and Leigh Final getting the fish, Dryburgh Lower finished the week with 6. On Bemersyde Mr Andrew Robinson landed a nice fish. Mertoun Beats with 8 and Rutherford with 6 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout had the best of the fishing this week, one of the Sea Trout was 10 and a half pounds.

I would like to highlight as I get asked at times why there are no reports from certain beats/areas. I can only report on what I get told about or see. If you have anything that you would like to be included in the report please send me the information thanks.

82 Salmon and 32 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 16lb Salmon caught on the Tweedhill Beat.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “Another week of dirty wee lifts which take forever to clear, combined with some high winds makes for some challenging conditions but we managed to land a couple of fresh fish. At least the ducks have had a good start to their breeding season with some fairly good sized clutches”

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “Nice to have some luck at last and plenty of action towards the end of the week. Most on the fly aswell, here is hoping that some more are here this week”

On Upper North Wark, conditions continue to be against us! Couple of decent lumps of rain on the forecast last week and no real rise of any note. Fishing remains priced at £25prpd for the whole of June.

Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “6 fish for the week and a couple of other pulls. 5 of the fish fresh and one old springer. Other fish seen moving. Water very beery second half of the week and storm Hector made casting on Thursday next to impossible, we could only fish two pools due to the wind. All the fish on #8 apart from one on Sunray”

Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports “One fish landed on Monday and three lost on Saturday. Very little angling pressure again, the waters dropping in nice at the moment and plenty of availability for the forthcoming week still only £45 per rod per day”

Mr David Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports “Nothing to report this week”

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 9” and the water temperature is 60.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Dryburgh Lower and Upper Beats, 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, Tuesday looks to be rather unsettled, with showers or longer spells of rain, some of this could be on the heavy side, particularly overnight. Cloudy for the most part on Wednesday with a mixture of showers and drier interludes. High pressure is expected to build in on Thursday, allowing for a return to largely dry and settled conditions.

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 82 Sea Trout 32
Total caught so far this season: 788 Salmon and 113 Sea Trout

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

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