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Sunday, 14 October 2018

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 13th October 2018 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 13th October

After more than 5 months since we had some water in the river we finally got a decent lift on Saturday night with it reaching 6ft 2 on the Sprouston gauge on Fishtweed. Over today the water has dropped back around 3ft and the colour was starting to get better hopefully conditions will be ok to get out fishing tomorrow.

Last week was plagued by wind, start of the week a south westerly was causing enough problems as it reached near 45mph on Tuesday by the time Friday came it was a 45mph south easterly making casting an absolute pain for some beats.

The weekly catch dropped by about 50% on recent weeks as the water got back to around summer level and I’m sure the wind caught havoc with casting did not help with the catches. Information received was quite quiet this week, maybe the phone ringing off the hook looking for our excellent services as landscapers took priority! Back to the river, Mr Neil Donaldson fishing at Sprouston landed 2x 20lb fish at the start of the week, while on the Junction Ms Helen Drummond landed a fish from Hempseedford ably assisted by boatman Mr Pud Murray.  Mr John MacPhail fishing the Jed AA water on the River Teviot landed 2 salmon.

26 Salmon were reported caught above Kelso, 61 Salmon were reported between Kelso and Coldstream the best of the fishing was at the Lees with 13 and Hendersyde 14. Below Coldstream 53 were reported, Tillmouth continue to be the best performing beat with 30.

Out on the town this week, along with some fishers we have a lovely time in the Queen’s Head with an excellent music playlist thanks to Anna, then after any fishing trip on the Tweed it’s always worth a trip to Kelso to enjoy a superb meal with great atmosphere in the fabulous Contented Vine restaurant. I would highly recommend it as a must visit during your trip. Call 01573 224777 to reserve your table and don’t drink all the Glenfarclas 25yo before I’m back!!!

On the River Till, no fish were reported

153 Salmon and 20 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 20lb Salmon caught on the Sprouston Beat.

Bemersyde Head Ghillie Mr Ian Farr reports “Last week seen 7 fish landed and a few lost, the water was very low and clear most of the fish came on size 10 and 12 dressed flies with the Cascade doing most of the damage. 10 foot intermediate and type 3 tips. The early part of week saw most of the fish landed but as the water dropped it went quiet. Mixed party Neil Sayers had 3 up to 10lbs, Bob Bilsand had 2 the biggest 12lbs and Brian Skye weighed in with 2. Most fish came out of the Boat Pool but Woodside and the Stream had fish. Monday started with little water and no fish, Tuesday we had a gale force wind and a rising water and today as I speak the river is a foot on the gauge with some colour with the rain from last night. The sun is out and a few fish running

On Upper North Wark, conditions remained on the low side for the beat but we managed a couple of fish. Mr David Norman ably assisted by ghillie Richard landed 1 on Monday on a Posh Tosh, while on Tuesday in the gale force winds Mr Richard Farr landed a nice fish on a Snaelda.

Lees Head Boatman Mr Malcolm Campbell reports “A challenging week weather wise, 13 fish landed and a few other pulls, a couple of cleaner fish in the bag but on the whole the fish were well coloured. The wind really spoiled the week making casting almost impossible at times. A black frances fished on a floating line with a sink tip was a popular choice with the fish and the fishermen. Saturday was a wipe out with the river rising and coloured, it might just fish on Monday, depends on the rain still falling. For a full report see Malcolm's fishing report on the Lees page on Tweedbeats”

Dave Cowan secretary of Berwick and District Angling Association beat on the Whiteadder reports “Whiteadder at 1ft 8 inches Sunday morning and the river should fine down for the middle of the week. With the Tweed in full flood the Whiteadder could be a good standby. Day tickets are available on FishPal and beat maps can be downloaded from

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 3ft 8” and the water temperature is 50.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Upper Hendersyde, Upper North Wark beats should have a chance of some action this week. If you fancy the middle river Rutherford and the Dryburgh beats will be worth a cast.

The forecast this coming week, Monday will see any early patches of fog clear to leave it dry with sunny spells. Winds will again be light and variable. Tuesday will start largely dry, but will see a band of light rain moving in from the west. Overnight, there is an increasing risk for showers. On Wednesday, any scattered showers should clear to then allow for a largely dry and increasingly bright day. Thursday is set to be a fine day, as it should essentially remain dry with long sunny spells and generally light winds.

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

Finally we have had a bit of water in the Tweed and with that the tactics will need to change a bit this week with the return of the sinking lines on most beats. Intermediate line with tips and Wet Cel 2 or equivalent should be the order of the day. Tube flies would be my go to at the start of the week and see how conditions change as the week progresses. I would suggest are Junction Shrimp, Red Frances, Temple Shrimp, Red Templedog, Usual Templdog should bring success. The river is now fly only until the end of the season on the 30th November.

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 153 Sea Trout 20
Total caught so far this season: 3989 Salmon and 599 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 30lb Birgham Dub)
(Biggest Sea Trout 12lb Tillmouth, Birgham Dub & Boathouse and Canny)

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