The river has settled down from all the high waters a couple of weeks ago both rain and snow melt brought the levels well up. Thankfully the weather has also changed dramatically it is now much warmer and more settled the water temperature has finally risen over that magic 40 figure and is now hovering around 48, many beats between Kelso and Coldstream have fished well all Spring and in this last week catches have soared ,catches have been thin on the ground above Kelso and the bottom river, this week is looking very promising most fish are being caught on the fly favourite patterns being franken snaelda and thunder snaelda also the auroa cascade has scored well this week at Hendersyde, the new auroa with feelers will be a great catcher in these conditions
Well we needed some rain and we got it the river is up today and still rising on most gauges, oxtail soup springs to mind to describe the colour it is totally filthy hopefully this will warm the water some, speaking to Brian Palmer Tweedhill last he was saying the water temperature was 32 which is still colder than the sea. At least there have been a few, fresh sealiced fish around the Coldstream area to keep everyone going, the river reached its peak yesterday breaking the 3 foot barrier at Sprouston, it is still totally filthy today and falling very slowly, but needs to clear dramatically for fishers.
Friday 22nd March
The river has settled down very well and is now looking rather good clear and running at a good height, hopefully the rise in water and the rise in temperature brought more fish into the river, sadly today we are back to Arctic conditions, freezing cold strong winds, which will really hinder fishers today, it’s a stay indoors next to a roaring log fire day! Hopefully those brave enough to venture out today will be rewarded with plenty of fresh fish! the water temperature had risen on Wednesday it had reached the tropical heights of 39 up from 32 last week, best fly patterns in these conditions will be 1” copper tubes black/yellow and willie gunn snaelda, we have some new patterns of snaelda coming in soon which are very exciting and look like they will be real fish catchers, watch this space as quantities will be strictly limited per angler. Good to see the rubber legs snaelda did the trick again for Tom at Lower Birgham another cracking sealiced springer fell to one again this week at 12lbs the first was 14lbs the other week its proving to be a killer fly!
When the wind is in the east, ‘tis no good to man nor beast’ – or angler.
The river now need a shift of wind, water and higher temperatures to move in some new fish, but there is little in the weather forecast until the end of the coming week to give the angler some cheer – but – ‘when winter comes can shining be far behind’
The catch on the river fell back to around thirty total for the week, the best return comes from Birgham Dub with 5 (for the third week running) withUpper Hendersydenext with four including the largest at 22lb
Flies bringing success were black and yellow and willie gunn variants, while spinners were picking up one or two on blue and silver rapalas. A good number of well mended kelts were being caught in the Wark beats where the wheelyboat had its first outing of the season and its angler bravely enduring the cold was happy to catch a few of them
The spring flowers and buds suffered a set back in the cold and the insect hatches of the warm afternoons of the previous week disappeared. The last 10 days of March normally bring better numbers of new salmon but anglers will not be hoping for a repeat of the March heat wave of 2012 when temperatures increased to 80ºF – just a ‘normal’ spring will do nicely!
After a few good days fishing with steady conditions the first this season, the river is playing up again this morning with the main river rising the Teviot rising and bringing lots of colour, making it very difficult for all beats below Teviot, at least spinning starts tomorrow so fishers will the chance of a cast, there seem to be a few fish around in the river with best chances between Coldstream and Kelso. Once again we just need some steady water and reasonable fishing conditions for catches to rise again.
Season started off on Friday 1st river was approx 6foot at Sprouston and filthy so only a few fishers ventured out, sadly for no returns, by Saturday the river had dropped and cleared and was a fishable colour by still high, we had a very heavy frost Saturday morning and bright sunny day, so a pleasant fishing day, the first fish and winner of our trophy was caught by Magnus Klintheim from the coach wynd on Lower Floors his first cast of the day fishing with head boatman Jim Smail, there were another two fish off Lower Floors later in the day caught by Magnuse’s colleagu’es from Sweden, the winning fish was caught on a garry dog fly
The river was barely fishable yesterday due to higher coloured water and strong winds
The winds have died down a little today, not sure exactly what condition the river is in, I’m sure it will still be fairly high and carrying some colour, suitable flies will be 1” copper tubes black and yellow and German flag Snaelda thunder and lightning
The river was just fishable yesterday, with semi gale force winds, Tweed regular Dr Phil Fairchild got Carham off the mark with a lovely 10lbs springer, a great achievement in not ideal conditions, the river is still dropping and clearing today and the wind has dropped so fingers crossed we should see a few more fish caught in the next few days, depending on the conditions. The forecast for Sunday and Monday is heavy snow showers, so keep an eye on weather conditions.
Good day yesterday with 17 fish reported on fishtweed and others on tweedbeats, Sprouston was the top beat with 6 caught by messrs Bright and Watson, Upper North Walk had 4 and various others from other beats, it really was the first good fishable day so far this season, just goes to show what can happen when its fishable, good sign, Today is looking good so hopefully we will see some good numbers today and catches start to increase, it is still bitterly cold so remember to wrap up warm before venturing onto the bank
Its amazing what a difference a few days can make we had the best part of a foot of snow at the end of last week and after a warmer weekend any trace of snow has totally disappeared, the river will be alot colder now and has already started to rise a little with snow melt water, we could really do with a dry week or so as the ground is totally saturated to keep the river at a fishable height and colour, the way its looking at the moment it will be medium sinkers for the off on Friday and smallish copper tubes black and yellow being the most popular choice.
We have certainly been hit by the wind and rain predicted the river is well up again today hopefully it has peaked and will fall and clear in the next few days, giving fishers a bit more of a chance on Friday’s opening, it will certainly wet II and copper tubes on Friday, if the river stays coloured a bright fly may be the answer something like a thunder and lightning pot belly snaelda or a flame thrower
Fly of the month this month will be the Gaula howler on a 1.5” copper tube because of the high eater conditions this fly is mainly black and yellow with an under wing of white fox hair and a chartreuse hackle at the front and finished off with a jc cheek, the silver body adds a little something to this fly in coloured water. Very successful for Spring fish in Norway and will doubt become a classic here
The start of the new season is nearly here, 1st February, 2013. The weather at the moment is bitterly cold with snow. During the closed season the river has been in flood most of the time but with this cold snap it will have cooled the water temperature which should slow fish down. A few kelts have been seen splashing around and we have heard reports of large numbers of seals at the bottom of the river. We have plenty of new products in stock for the start of the season, increasing our range of the Ballistic Spey lines with which we now hold a good stock of all models in all available sizes. These lines have really taken off and are very popular. As before, we still stock the Monic running lines and a selection of Nextcast heads and lines – again gaining in popularity over here. Ken Sawada hooks were new to us last season and have been received very well. All of these products fit in well with our range of Burkheimer rods and Saracione reels as well as the many new fly patterns in for the start of the season to lure those elusive springers!! Make sure you pack your thermals if fishing on opening day or pop in and see us and pick up a new set before venturing down to the river – it was a little “fresh” this morning -4!! Who will win the trophy this year? Where will the fish come from? Who know’s? Fingers crossed the river is fishable on opening day!!
The Tweed Swim in aid of Help for Heros has got under way this morning. John Edey (Wee John – boatman at Tillmouth) and angler Alistair Smee are swimming 35 miles down the River Tweed from the Junction Pool at Kelso to the Lifeboat Station in Berwick. They set of this morning at 10am. Tweedside Tackle were there to wave them off.
John served for 7 years with the Local Coldstream Regiment and Alistair is currently serving with the Territorial Army 7th Battalion The Rifles. They have both been involved in taking injured soldiers fishing on the Tweed, and they are aiming to raise as much money as possible for this worthy cause.
Any one wishing to sponsor them can either visit Tweedside Tackle and add your name to their sponsor sheet we have in the shop or you can visit their Just Giving page and make a donation.
Tweedside Decanter for the first salmon of the season from KAA Teviot Water
For the fifth year running, a trophy has been put up for the first salmon of the season to be caught from the Kelso Angling Association (KAA) water on the Teviot. The hen fish was caught on Saturday 14th April, 2012, by Graeme Hogg. Graeme, Treasurer of the Kelso Angling Association, caught the 8lb fish on a Snaelda from the Maison Dieu pool and secured the 2012 trophy. Graeme was presented with a certificate, crystal tumbler and the crystal decanter from Tweedside Tackle, by Tim Pilcher. The trophy remains on show in the shop for all to see.
Well having had little water for a few weeks due to the March heatwave and lack of rain, yesterday morning we had 3ft plus on some of the river gauges and more rain forecast! River height this morning are still a mix of rising, steady and falling but hopefully the rain will have helped freshen up the river.
The river levels this morning are Tweed at Sprouston 1ft9 and steady the Teviot at Roxburgh was 2ft6 and rising again Redommended flies for today are 1″ Copper tubes, in Gold Bodied Willie Gunns, Orange and Yellow and Cascades. If you prefer to Spin the Silver and Copper Tobys arouns 20g or Rapala Carrot or Blue and Silver depending on the colour of the water where you are fishing.