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Sunday, 15 July 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 14th July 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 14th July

Another week of below summer level conditions haven’t helped the catches much, but as one gentleman was telling me it is summer after all! Which with some wisdom I had to smile and agree. With the wet summers over the last few years and fish getting caught around the Kelso area, have we a false impression of what we should be catching just now? Or are things just back to normal weather wise and we can live in hope that the fish will arrive back in the autumn? I have been reading a lot of doom and gloom posts recently but really given the water level is below summer level and water temperatures in the mid to high 70s most days why would the fish leave the sea to enter a river full of floating algae, weed and smelly water. A good flood will clear all that out and bring the water temperature back to sensible levels and then we might see what fish are there to come. An increased catch at the bottom end of the river with Tweedhill landed 10 for the week, with 9 coming at the end of the week and reports of fish been seen in all the pools maybe there are just starting to stick their heads into the river. Tillmouth picked away most days for 8 fish landed.

3 of the week’s catch been reported caught above Kelso. 16 fish were reported between Kelso and Coldstream and 26 reported below Coldstream. With the conditions we had on the river this week, well done to those who put the effort in and were rewarded with some sport. This week coming looks quite similar with hot sunshine forecast and very low water conditions, below summer levels on most beats. Dawn and Dusk could be the best times to be fishing.

On the River Till, nothing was reported

50 Salmon and 7 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 15lb Salmon caught on the Tweedhill Beat.

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “Fishing this week was tough and the guys fishing this week put in the time and effort, in at first and last light and had some success. Surface lures and small tubes worked well. A bit of rain could be very welcome and hopefully it will give people confidence to book some of our available August fishing if the river gets some more fish”

On Upper North Wark, Another warm week and very low water conditions for us. Had no fishers on this week so managed to get some work done on the beat to improve a few things for our fishers. Mr Stuart Norris came for a cast on Saturday evening and managed to winkle out a 7lber from the Mill Stream on a Dunkeld single fly.

Horncliffe Head Ghillie Mr Tony Averill reports “5 Fish hooked this week unfortunately only one landed. Seeing fish in all 3 beats, also seeing fish running most days. If the water temperature carries on dropping then things might could just switch on. Rain forecast for Monday maybe just what we need to switch the fish on. Rods available for this week if you want a reasonably chance of getting a salmon then give Horncliffe a go. Water level is good , there are fish throughout the beat and it’s still a good price”

Mr David Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports “Whiteadder still very much in need of rain to flush out the river and nothing to report, however there are a few more fish in the bottom end of the Tweed so given arise in water we could see some good sport.

The week ended with the level at Sprouston -1” and the water temperature is 70.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Pedwell and Horncliffe beats should have a chance of some action this week.

The forecast this coming week, On Tuesday there will be sunny spells and a few isolated showers. Overnight, clear spells. Wednesday, sunny spells and the risk of a few showers again. Overnight, dry with clear spells. Thursday, a bright start then cloud will increase. There is a risk of rain edging in from the west overnight.

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 late 60’s Floating lines with poly leaders on the end should cover most fishing conditions at the moment. Dressed flies around a size 12 to 14 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 50 Sea Trout 7
Total caught so far this season: 1085 Salmon and 262 Sea Trout

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

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