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Sunday, 9 June 2019

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 8th June 2019 - Tay Salmon Fly

River Tweed River Report Week Ending 8th June

With that little lift over the previous weekend that freshened things up a bit and the fish continue to enter the river and this week’s catch was the best week of the season so far. The water remained quite a dark peaty colour most of the week with these little lifts stirring up the algae and slime with made fishing a tad frustrating at times with having to keep clearing  the hooks. Another lift going into Thursday really stirred up a lot of slime and coloured up the water a bit which ruined the catches that day. With the lifts the Sea Trout numbers really increase this week with 71 been reported including a super 13lber landed at Sprouston by Mr Rob Ellis who also landed 8 salmon for his days. Storm Miguel which looking promising that we were finally going to get that much needed flood turned out to be a damp squid and apart from a few inches at Hawick we were left very disappointed with what looked like a decent forecast turned out to be nothing as all the wet forecasts have been recently they just seem to keep missing the catchment. Hopefully the fish keep on coming and we can look forward to another good week on the river.
Above Kelso 63 fish were reported, with the Floors Beat 18, Rutherford 11 and Dryburgh Lower 11 having the best of the fishing, 9 of Dryburgh Lowers fish were caught on Saturday along with 2 Sea Trout. On Boleside Mr Lee Conway and Mr Craig Drever kept their good run of catching fish going by landing a fish each. On Tuesday Mr Jamie McCulloch landed his first of the season from the Meetings Pool on the fly. Drygrange landed 3 on Saturday the first of the season was caught by Mr Ray Armstrong, who was presented a bottle of whisky by Mr Edward Dods. On Middle Pavilion Mr Willem Zuidema from the Netherlands landed a nice fish. Lower Pavilion landed 4 on Monday with Mr Dennis Robinson landing fish up to 15lbs.
Between Kelso and Coldstream 55 fish were reported with Junction 13, Sprouston 16 and Hendersyde 7 and the Lees with 8 having the best of the fishing. On the Junction Mr Paul Little, Mr Ian Kirk and Boatman Gav Brown all had success. Fishing on Hendersyde Mr Will Haggas landed a lovely fish while wife Clare of the fabulous Clare Haggas Fine Art and Design landed a lovely Sea Trout from the Bushy on the Fly. Mr Richard Heath landed 2 fish from the Upper Winter Cast on Upper Hendersyde.

Below Coldstream 17 fish were reported, a bit less than recent weeks but the water conditions were a big grubby. Tillmouth and Horncliffe landed 5 each which was the best of the fishing in the area.

On the River Till, a better week with 2 Salmon and 11 Sea Trout were reported, 6 Sea Trout at Redscar and Upper Tindal, 1 Sea Trout on Lower Tindal and 2 Salmon and 4 Sea Trout on Tiptoe.

151 Salmon and 71 Sea Trout, with the best fish for the week was 16lb Salmon caught on the Boleside, Lower Birgham, Milne Graden beats.

Lower Birgham Head Boatman Mr Tom Davis reports “Was surprised after the water that there weren’t more showing themselves. But did manage 2 big fresh salmon and a 7lb sea trout on Tuesday. But apart from the odd pull later on in the week that was all we got. Good to see the river have another good week into June. Fingers crossed that it continues to fish well.

Hendersyde Head Boatman Ketch reports “The week started off nicely with both rods getting into fish and landing 5 fairly fresh salmon in 3 days. Cascade doing the biz but the wee rises of water later in the week made it a bit more of a challenge but we managed 2 more salmon and a sea trout by end of play on Sat which was a bonus considering the amount of rain we had.

On Upper North Wark, we had a wee cast in-between doing some wee jobs and managed to land a 10lb Salmon on the deadly Ghillie fly, 2 Sea Trout from the Mill Stream on a Newtyle Shrimp. Lost a salmon on the Rapala and landed a big 5.5lb Brown Trout on the Rapala.

Berwick and District Angling Association Secretary Dave Cowan reports “Whiteadder dropped away later in the week to steady out at 9 inches on Saturday. Good to see a few more sea trout about and two reported on BDAA water. Conditions should have been perfect for salmon but nothing banked. Prospects for Monday should be good.

We are blessed in this area to have some superb local fishing tackle shops that are well worth a visit the superb well stocked Borders Gunroom in St Boswells and Fin and Game in Kelso I would recommend for a rummage round which and find out from the local staff what’s currently doing the damage on the river and lochs.

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.

The stunning Saddler Cottage, located within the grounds of Tillmouth Park in now under new ownership. Suitable for fishers and families this lovely cottage is very handily placed for fishing the Lower and Bottom Tweed beats. If you would like more information please check out the link

The week ended with the level at Sprouston 1ft 1” and the water temperature is 54.

Looking at the availability for this coming week I would recommend the Boleside, Middle Pavilion, Lower Pavilion, Ladykirk, Pedwell and Horncliffe beats should have a chance of some action this week.

The forecast this coming week, a dry and bright start with some sunshine, but a few showers will start to spread from the east through the afternoon. Some places will still stay largely dry tomorrow however. Tuesday is expected to stay largely dry with occasional brighter spells but there will be a cool northerly breeze. Wednesday will then likely turn wet as rain moves in from the south, but some areas, particularly to the north, may stay dry throughout. Thursday looks cloudy and wet, with widespread and persistent rain, often heavy.

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

Look at what to bring for the week aheads fishing, Floating lines with assorted poly leaders should suffice on most places with Gledswood Shrimp, Sunray Shadow, Underghillie and Cascade are all capable to tempting that springer on half inch or dressed flies in size 8 and 10. On the spinning front the Carrot or Blue Rapala, 18-20gm tobies 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:  151 Salmon 71 Sea Trout
Total caught so far this season: 1186 Salmon and 202 Sea Trout

As reported on Fishtweed:-
(Biggest Salmon 18lb Upper Hendersyde & Tillmouth & Birgham Dub, Sprouston & BDAA Whiteadder)
(Biggest Sea Trout 13lb Sprouston)

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