It was good to see the river settled for a full week meaning fishers could fish all week the river just below the Teviot rose on Aaturday approx. 1’ this morning it is getting lowand in need of a top up the water temperature dropped last week due to the colder winds and is now around the mid forties, still floating line water maybe an intermediate tip will be the answer with dressed flies making for pleasant fishing rather than the sinking lines with copper tubes needed earlier in the season, Junction produced a 34lbs’er the week before last on a black flying C a great fish and the largest this season it will take beating, forecast for today is rain in the west so we may get that rise in water we could so do with the weather generally is far more spring like, making fishing more pleasurable, there have been some good fly hatches, olives and march browns, in the Coldstream area, generally the Spring fishing been very good between Kelso and Coldstream.
Monday 15th April
The wind turned around yesterday from the bitterly cold east that we have had nearly all season to the wet west and was it wet the Ettrick guage yesterday was reading 6’ 1” rising and the Teviot guage at Hawick was 6’ 9” rising so we have the much needed water the Sprouston guage is reading 4’ this morning, with this lift in water levels the temperature should rise aswell especially as it is rain water not snow melt, I think the fishing will be very tough for the next few days but should be spot on for next Monday, last week proved to be a good week for catches with the following catches being reported on the old system Monday 21 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 19 Thursday 15 and Friday 14
By far the best week so fat this season, nany of the fish were sealiced and excellent condition, Sprouston recorded 11 for the week with Brian Lalor catching 9 of those 11 to his own rod great week, Tillmouth recorded 12 with the majority of those fish coming from the longstream including their largest a 16lbs’er which was covered in sealice and in perfect condition. The Lees had a good week reporting 18 with their best day Thursday 11th with 6 fish and South Wark had 17, the catches should really start to rise next week with all this fresh water and signs of more fresh fish at the bottom of the river last week
Week 25th FEB – 2nd March
A week of difficult for the angler and for the fish, summing up, the sun was out and shinning on a cold clear water, the barometric pressure was very high and winds generally from the east. The river level ended the week at 10” the lowest level since Aril last year! Some 55 Spring salmon were caught in the system mainly in the beats between Kelso and Coldstream and with Birgham Dub coming out best for the second week running with 8 fish also including the weeks largest an 18 pounder the most successful flies were lightly dressed 11/2” to 2” tubes of Willie Gunn, eternal optimist, black and yellow and in particular silver sheep all fished slow and deep in the 35 – 37 degree water, for spinners the successful baits were Blair spoons, zebra tobies and even black fly C’s and X raps
Although the conditions were difficult, anglers did have a fishable river for the entire week and could enjoy the sun and the approach of Spring, the first hatch of olives were feeding the black headed and common gulls, aconites and snowdrops were in full bloom and the first daffodils appeared at Rutherford Dub, willow catkins are swelling and mallard and oyster catchers starting to pair up
Water is now required to bring in some more new fish and move on the older ones, the barometer is now falling and some light rain and snow forecast , for Thursday, when the angler will be pleased with cloudy skies, but the wind will be an easterly and ‘taking’ conditions may not see much improvement
After a few lovely sunny days last weekend, we thought it was the start of some good Spring weather, sadly it only lasted for 3 or 4 days, we are now back to cold over cast windy weather, the river is in very good order and there are fish being caught most days generally on fly, even though spinning has started now. The majority of fish are coming from beats around the Kelso area, no big fish yet so far this year but there is plenty of time for some of those bigger Springers we saw last year to arrive. Most popular fly patterns are black and yellow on 1” copper tubes either piglets or Roxburgh castle or tosh
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