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Sunday, 24 June 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 23rd June 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 23rd June

The best weekly catch of the season so far was landed last week, although the season so far is well done on average it was nice to see some better numbers of fish caught. Again similar to last week there is a fair mixture from fresh sea licers to some older fish that are moving up through the system with 39 of the week’s catch been reported caught above Kelso. 45 fish were reported between Kelso and Coldstream and 29 reported below Coldstream. With blistering hot sunshine forecast for this coming week and low water, Dawn and Dusk could be the best times to be fishing.

Tillmouth had the best of the fishing last week landing 16 fish and 6 sea trout with the best a superb 12lber. West Learmouth had a decent week landing 13. On Middle Pavilion Mr Ian Morgan landed a lovely fresh fish from the Spit.

The Dryburgh beats continue to fish well with 11 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout been reported over both beats. Mr Clive Pickering had a nice 6lb fish from the Boat Pool on a Micro Posh tube fly, in the same pool Mr Sam Thomson landed a fine fish and Mr Duncan Jack landed 2 from the beat for his trip.

Mr Alex Knox of the fabulous must visit Contented Vine restaurant in Kelso landed 2 nice fish from Lower Floors.

On the River Till, the Sea Trout catches have fairly picked up in the last week or so and 13 were reported last week, with Redscar and Upper Tindal having the best of the catches with 9.

122 Salmon and 40 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 20lb Salmon caught on the Junction Beat.

On Upper North Wark, A welcome rise midweek to give us some water to fish in at long last although it didn’t last long. A bit of long overdue sport was had towards the end of the week. Mr Spencer Tolley losing a good fish in the Snipe, Mr Scott Mason having brief contact on the fly in the Mill Stream,with quite a few fish been seen in the Dub in the afternoon, we finally managed to intercept one with Mr Connor Meiklejohn working his magic to land a fine 8lber on a toby. Mr Stuart Norris got in on the action in the evening landed a lovely 8lb fish on a Dunkeld fly.

Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “Brian Cook from Norfolk caught his 1st ever salmon on Monday in the Slap, a fresh 8lber and followed it up with his 2nd, a fresh 4lber from the Glide. Both on a wee Cascade”

Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports “Three fish hooked unfortunately only 1 landed a beautiful clean 16lb cock fish. Only 4 rod days fished this week. Some availability next week and river levels are good. The track right down to the fishing hut has now been resurfaced and it is suitable for all vehicles”

Mr David Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports “Whiteadder in low summer conditions and without some rain prospects are not good for the week ahead. Fish in the river but conditions are very challenging.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 6” and the water temperature is 60.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Dryburgh Lower and Upper Beats, Ladykirk, Horncliffe and Tweedhill beats should have a chance of some action this week.

The forecast this coming week, Monday will be dry, warm and mainly sunny with only a little cloud bubbling up. Overnight will be dry and clear with light winds, perhaps allowing a few mist patches to form. High pressure will continue to dominate through Tuesday and Wednesday keeping it dry with plenty of sunshine through the day time and clear periods by night. Remaining warm.

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 getting back towards summer levels and the water temperature being in the 60’s 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 or Toby 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 122 Sea Trout 40
Total caught so far this season: 940 Salmon and 183 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 21lb Birgham Dub)
(Biggest Sea Trout 12lb Tillmouth)

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