Many thanks to East Braes B&B for facilitating this camera's location. The River Tweed, or Tweed Water, (Scottish Gaelic: Abhainn Thuaidh) is 97 miles long and flows primarily through the Borders region of Great Britain. It rises on Tweedsmuir at Tweed's Well near where the Clyde, draining northwest, and the Annan draining south also rise. "Annan, Tweed and Clyde rise oot the ae hillside" as the Border saying has it. Coldstream is a small town in the Borders district of Scotland. It lies on the north bank of the River Tweed in Berwickshire, while Northumberland in England lies to the south bank. A former burgh, Coldstream is the home of the Coldstream Guards, a regiment in the British Army, and is the location where Edward I of England invaded Scotland in 1296. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coldstream was a popular centre for runaway marriages, in a similar vein to Gretna Green, as it lay on a major road (now the A697).
The Columns, Boathouse Lane, Norham, TD15 2JZ
Boathouse Cottage has an English Tourism Council four star rating. It stands on its own by the banks of the River Tweed. At the end of a quiet country lane, about half a mile from the centre of Norham village.
added: 16th Apr 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
(Last updated: Monday 14th April)
A reasonable week on Tweedside with catches slowly building to a peak on Thursday (15 Salmon reported) after Mondays High water levels but the strong to gale force...
winds on Friday and Saturday made casting difficult and this affected catches over those two days.
Its disappointing that the Lower beats are still on the quiet side, as these beats around the Coldstream area should be catching a good number of fish by now, but from reports that I have had from Ghillie's in this area they are not seeing many fish at all. Again there are many questions being asked and lots of theories discussed but no one has come up with any answers yet, as to why the fish are pushing through the lower beats and stopping in the Kelso area.
River levels showing over 3ft at Sprouston and 2ft at Boleside. with the river carrying a lot of colour.
Upper Makerstoun had the only two fish reported up to 7lbs.
River levels were down by a few inches on the day previous and water clarity was reasonable, but with a heavy peat stain.
There were 4 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported with Junction catching the biggest fish at 16lbs.Flodden on the Till reported an 8lb Sea Trout.
River levels were 1ft 7" at Boleside and 2ft at Sprouston.
There were 13 Salmon and 4 Sea trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
River levels were steady but the river was to rise slightly by a few inches in the afternoon which was more obvious on the beats around Melrose and St,Boswells.
There were 15 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Drygrange catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
River levels were down a few inches and showing 1ft 3" at Boleside and 1ft 8" at Sprouston. Strong winds were to affect the Borders in the afternoon.
There were 14 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported, with Junction catching the biggest at 15lbs and Flodden again reporting an 8lb Sea Trout.
River levels were down a couple of inches on previous day, but winds were to become stronger and this affected catches.
There were 8 Salmon reported with Hendersyde catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Total for the week was 56 salmon and 16 Sea Trout.
added: 9th Apr 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
(Last updated: Monday 7th April)
A promising start to the week with 20 Salmon reported from the FishTweed, with fish caught from Milne Graden up to Lower Pavilion...
and with most beats reporting a fish or two. Unfortunately unsettled river conditions from Tuesday through to Friday were to affect catches as river levels were affected by localised heavy rain which seemed to have the smaller tributaries and side streams running high and very coloured, with the Gala Water and River Leader being the two main culprits. The river levels were only up at times a few inches but water clarity was very poor and there was a lot of sediment being carried downstream and leaving a thin covering which by the end of the week, when wading there was a clouds of this every step.
It was good to see catches spread throughout the system and a few of the lower beats below Kelso starting to catch their share. I had communication from Mr Mark Bird who is a regular fisher on Tweed, and he was fishing at Dryburgh on Friday when he Hooked and landed a 12lb Sea Liced Springer from the Tail of the Gullet Pots on a Monkey Tube. Well done Mark, as I know you have put some hours in this Spring, fishing on both Tweed and the Dee and I hope this was a just reward for your efforts.
River levels were steady and showing 11" at Boleside and 1ft 6" at Sprouston.
There were 20 Salmon reported from the River, with Rutherford catching the biggest fish at 14lbs.
Birgham Dub was top beat with 4 for the day.
River levels were down an inch from day previous, but would start to rise by lunchtime due to persistent rain over the borders. Lord Biddulph, Mr Roger Tyrer and Mrs Liz Campbell-Golding all managed to hook and land a Springer each at Makerstoun in the space of an hour just as levels started to rise there by Midday
There were 8 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported, with Upper Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 9lbs.
Tiptoe on the Till had a 7lb Sea Trout.
River levels were falling and showing 1ft 6" at Boleside and 2ft 4" at Sprouston.
The river was carrying a lot of colour, and Lower Dryburgh were the only beat to report any catches with a 9lb Salmon and 2 Sea trout to 4lbs.
River levels were again affected by rainfall, with levels showing 1ft 2" at Boleside and 1ft 8" at Sprouston, but these levels would rise by a few inches, but water clarity would be reduced dramatically by smaller tributaries and side stream putting colour into the system.
There were 6 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout reported from the river, with Junction catching the biggest at 12lbs.Tillmouth and Redscar on the Till reported an 8lb sea trout each.
Again levels were affected by rainfall, but the Teviot was up by 5-6" more than Tweed and this affected catches on the lower river.
There were 6 Salmon reported from the river, with Lower Birgham catching the biggest fish at 15lbs and it was caught on a Posh Tosh Tube.
Levels were falling after overnight rain and were showing 1ft 4" at Boleside and 2ft 2" at Sprouston. This would again affect catches with the river carrying a lot of colour, which did start to clear by the afternoon on the middle river above The Teviot.
There were 3 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported from the river, with Tweedswood catching the biggest fish at 9lbs. Tiptoe on the Till reported a 6lb sea trout.
Total for the week was 44 Salmon and 12 Sea Trout.
added: 1st Apr 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
A steady week on Tweedside with catches spread throughout the system from Tillmouth up to Tweedswood. Still the beats around Kelso, Junction in particular are continuing to...
catch the majority of the fish (31), and it was good to see that a number of Lower beats were starting to get a few, and hopefully this trend will continue as these beats have had a lean time of it this Spring as the fish seemed very keen to push up river and stop in the Junction beat. Why this is continuing to happen is a question I hear asked regularly, and no one is able to give an explanation. is water temperature to blame?, or with no amount of fish lying in these lower pools are fish inclined to keep moving up stream until they find some company to lie beside ?.I guess we will just have to accept that the Salmon have decided that they are running through and stopping in the Kelso area and that these beats are having a bonanza. I can only hope that in the coming weeks, Salmon will continue to settle into the Lower beats and that things return to a normal Spring, with a steady supply of fish moving up river, so that the majority of beats get a fish or two.
Following the rise in levels over the weekend the gauges at Boleside were showing 1ft 6" and Sprouston 2ft, , i expected catches to be reasonable, but was disappointed to see that only 9 Salmon were reported from the river ,with Junction catching 6 of these and also catching the biggest fish at 15lbs
River levels were down a couple of inches from day previous and there was a marked increase in catches with 20 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported from the River, with Junction catching 9 Salmon, but Dryburgh caught the biggest fish at 16lbs.Birgham Dub reported an 8lb Sea Trout.
River levels were down 1" from day previous and the water clarity was excellent. There were 11 Salmon reported from the river , with Birgham Dub and Upper Hendersyde sharing the biggest fish at 15lbs.
River levels were steady and showing 11" at Boleside and 1ft 3" at Sprouston.
There were 16 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported from the river, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.
River levels were steady and there were 13 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported from the river , with Birgham Dub and Junction catching 5 each. Birgham Dub caught the biggest fish at 17lbs.
River levels were steady and there were 9 Salmon and 1 sea Trout reported to FishTweed from the river with Junction catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
Total for the week was 78 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout.
(Updated: Monday 31st March)
River levels are showing 11" at Boleside and 1 ft 6in and steady at Sprouston. The forecast for the week ahead has the cool easterly wind to stay with us for most of the week, with some prolonged periods of rain on Monday evening into Tuesday morning and this may affect river levels, although coming from an easterly direction it may only have some of the tributaries rising.
Wind will be light to moderate and daytime temperatures will be around 9c, but may feel cooler in the wind.i would expect water temp to be around 42f.
Accompanying the east wind may be some Sea Harr/Mist and this may keep daytime temperatures low as this may take a while to dissipate through the course of the day.
Fishing will be with Full Floating lines and sinking tips attached or intermediate lines. Those fishing with shooting head systems should be using Float/ Hover or Intermediate Heads or even sink 2/3 in deeper pools on the lower river beats.
Leaders should be 5-6ft and about 15-20lb breaking strain.
Flies should be 1" to 1.5" Copper Tubes or Coneheads and patterns to try are Posh Tosh, Black and Yellow, Cascade, Ice Maiden, Junction shrimp, Monkey, Eternal Optimist, Gold Bodied Willie Gunn, Park Shrimp and fish these slow and deep.
Spinning is another option, lures to try are 18- 28gm Silver/Gold or Zebra Tobies, Large Blair spoons, 10cm X-Raps in colours (Hot-Steel, Silver, GFR, Gold, Blue/Silver), Vision 110`s, Flying C`s and Devon Minnows in a variety of colours should also do the trick.
You may encounter some Kelts, Baggotts or Rawners/Kippers whilst Spring fishing and these fish should be handled with care and returned as quickly as possible.
Good Luck and tight lines for the week ahead.
added: 25th Mar 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
Iain Wilson's FishTweed report Monday 24th March
A reasonable week on Tweedside with catches being down from the week previous, mainly due to lower river levels and clear water conditions, but...
the strong westerly winds made fishing very difficult on the more exposed parts of the river.
We had a slight lift in water levels on Tuesday and another bigger rise on Friday following heavy rain across the catchment on Thursday evening, which would put pay to any fishing on Friday due to a high and coloured river. We then had more heavy rain/sleet showers through Friday evening and this again had levels rising by Saturday morning, and this would affect fishing with only a few beats on middle river having a go in the afternoon as the river was dropping and clearing.
Once again Junction would lead the way with 14 springer's caught up to the Thursday with most of the other fish being reported from beats below Kelso, although I heard reports of running fish on Monday/Tuesday on beats around St,Boswells with a number of fish being hooked and lost and only a few fish being landed, with Bemersyde catching the Largest fish of the week at 18lbs.
River levels were steady and showing 1ft on the Boleside gauge and 1ft2" at Sprouston.
There were 13 Salmon and 2 Sea Trout reported from the river with Junction catching the biggest fish at 17lbs.
River levels were steady but there was a steady/strong westerly/downstream wind and this was making casting difficult on more exposed beats.
There were 10 salmon reported from the river, with Lower Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 16lbs.This springer was caught by Mr Peter Sheldon and he told me that it was very fresh and his best springer to date.
River levels were up by a few inches but water clarity was very good, this may have been down to water blown out of St,Marys Loch the day previous.
There were 9 Salmon and 5 Sea Trout reported from the river, with Bemersyde catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.LowerTindal (Till) caught the biggest Sea Trout at 8lbs.
River levels were down a few inches and water clarity was very good, but we had strong to gale-force winds accompanied with heavy rain and these conditions affected catch returns.
There were 7 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported from the river, with Junction catching the biggest fish at 16lbs.
River levels were rising and showing 2ft 8" at Boleside and 3ft 6" at Sprouston. Water clarity was terrible with local farms starting there Spring Sowing a lot of this colour was run off from newly sown fields.
There were no catches reported.
Heavy rain/sleet/snow showers had levels rising again by morning and this put pay to any fishing on the main river. levels were 2ft at Boleside and 3ft 2" at Sprouston.
There was 1 salmon and 1 sea trout reported and both of these were caught on Tiptoe beat on the Till.The Salmon weighed 9lbs and the sea trout was 6lbs.
Total for week was 40 Salmon and 9 Sea Trout.
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Beat catches reported
(week ending 22nd March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 2, Birgham Dub 6, Sprouston 4, Hendersyde 4, Junction 14, Lower Makerstoun 2, Dryburgh Upper 1, Bemersyde 2, Lower Pavilion 1, BlueStone 2, Tiptoe 1.
Total: 40 Largest: Bemersyde 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 1, Ladykirk 1, Tillmouth 1, Hendersyde 1, Junction 1, Dryburgh Lower 1, Tiptoe 1, Lower Tindal 1, Upper Tindal 1.
Total: 9 Largest: Lower Tindal 8lbs
added: 18th Mar 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
Another week of good catches from the Kelso area, especially off the Junction beat with a total of 49 Spring Salmon up to 18lbs reported from there, now that must be one of the beats best spring weeks...
in a very long time and one that the visiting anglers wont forget in a hurry. Why the fish seem to be around this area and not further down stream may be due to the Seals that strayed up river as far as Hendersyde a few weeks previous, and these may have pushed fish lying in lower beats up stream and into the Junction. As other lower beats are now starting to pick up a few fish, I would expect there catches to increase as fish will start to lie with other Salmon that are there, and not push upstream so readily.
At least there are still fish heading up river from Kelso and beats above have been catching some fresh fish with the Makerstoun beats picking away and both Dryburgh beats managing to get a few. I spoke to Upper Dryburgh ghillie Mr Stuart McIntyre on Saturday and he told me that the two Springer's reported on the Friday were older fish, but he had seen fish moving in the Boatpool and The Battery that day and these must be fish that were running.
Its good to see that Boleside and Middle Pavilion reported fish as well and that Salmon are still creeping up into these higher beats.
River Levels were rising in the morning and this would affect catches for most of the river with the exception of the Junction who managed to catch 10 Spring Salmon before lunchtime on a rising river, that was to colour up and put pay to further fishing in the afternoon. Levels were around 2ft at Boleside and 2ft4" at Sprouston.
There were 10 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout reported from the river with Junction catching the biggest at 15lbs.
River levels were falling and showing 1ft 10" at Boleside and 2ft 2" at Sprouston.
The river was carrying a bit of colour but was fishable with beats around Kelso and above having clearer water conditions as most of the fish taken were at or above Kelso. once again Junction dominated the catches with 12 reported for the day.
There were 17 Salmon and 1 Sea Trout reported with Junction catching the biggest at 16lbs.
River levels were Steady and water clarity was good, fish were reported from Birgham Dub to Boleside, and there were 11 Salmon and 2 Sea trout reported from the river, with Junction and Bluestone on the Whiteadder sharing the biggest fish at 11lbs.
River levels were steady with the river dropping about an inch daily and becoming very clear, with fish being caught from Hendersyde up to Middle Pavilion.
There were 15 Salmon reported from the river, with Lower Makerstoun catching the biggest fish at 15lbs.
River levels were steady and running very clear and showing 1ft 2" at Boleside and 1ft 8" at Sprouston. There was a strong Westerly wind blowing by the afternoon which made fishing difficult. Fish were caught from Tillmouth up to Upper Dryburgh.
There were 9 Salmon reported from the river, with Junction catching the biggest at 17lbs.
Levels were steady and there was a strong to gale force westerly wind which would affect fishing in the more exposed parts of the river.
Fish were reported from Upper North Wark to Rutherford, but junction had 11 Salmon for the day.
There were 17 salmon reported from the river with Junction catching the biggest fish at 18lbs.
Total for the week was 79 Salmon and 6 Sea Trout reported.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 15th March)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tillmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Birgham Dub 2, Sprouston 1, Hendersyde 1, Upper Hendersyde 1, Junction 49, Lower Makerstoun 5, Upper Makerstoun 3, Rutherford 4, Dryburgh Lower 3, Dryburgh Upper 3, Lower Pavilion 2, Middle Pavilion 1, Boleside 1, BlueStone 1.
Total: 79 Largest: Junction 18lbs
SEA TROUT: Tillmouth 1, Upper North Wark 1, Dryburgh Upper 9, Upper Tindal 3, Redscar 1.
Total: 15 Largest: Dryburgh Upper 9lbs
added: 12th Mar 2014
posted by: Fish Tweed
Monday 10th March)
Finally a near settled week weather wise and steady river levels helped with the increase in catches, with a number of beats having a good week and fish being reported as far as Boleside...
and Lower Pavilion. Unfortunately heavy rain in the west of the catchment on Thursday evening had river levels rising and the river was in a spate condition on Friday and unfishable. Levels dropped on Saturday and was clearing above Kelso but the Teviot was still carrying colour and would affect beats below Kelso.
I spoke with Mr Paul Beasley on Friday morning whilst he was unable to fish at Lower Pavilion due to high river levels, and he told me of the 11lb Springer he caught there the day previous in Generals and on the fly too. He said it was in super condition and was very fresh.
I also had a message from Mr Rae Borras who was fishing at Upper Hendersyde Friday/Saturday and he managed to catch a 14lb Spring salmon there on Saturday, which considering the river conditions was a great achievement and shows that his perseverance paid off.
I also managed to get in on the action this week by fishing at Junction on Thursday and managed to hook and land 3 Springers weighing 6lbs,6lbs and 13lbs. The two smaller fish were taken on the Fly (Teviot and Rosebank) and the bigger fish was taken on an XRAP in the top of Hempseedford. I also managed to lose two other fish that after a short tussle threw the hook after jumping, both fish were into double figures and all the fish were very fresh. The beat finished with 7 for the day and all fish were bars of Silver, but not liced. I was told that there were Sea Liced fish taken on beats above Kelso, although I did not see any signs of running fish.
River levels were high and coloured following overnight rain. Levels at Boleside were 3ft and 4ft at Sprouston and Teviot was 3ft 10".
There was only one fish reported from the river and it weighed 9lbs and was caught at Lower Pavilion.
River levels had dropped and the river was clearing, but still coloured. Levels were 2ft at Boleside and 3ft at Sprouston.
There were 12 Salmon reported from the river, with Upper Hendersyde catching the largest fish at 15lbs.
River conditions were ideal for middle river beats and levels were still falling.
Boleside was showing 1ft10" and Sprouston 2ft 3".
There were 7 salmon reported from the river, with Sprouston catching the biggest fish at 13lbs.
River levels were steady and river clarity was good, with a slight tinge of colour.
There were 12 salmon and 2 Sea trout reported from the river, with Lower Pavilion catching the biggest fish at 11lbs.
River levels were rising due to heavy overnight rain and the river was in a spate condition and very coloured. Levels were 3ft2" at Sprouston, 2ft 8" at Boleside and the Teviot at Roxburgh was 4ft 2".
There was a Sea Trout of 8lbs reported from Redscar on the River Till.
River levels were falling but was still carrying a lot of colour and this affected catches with only one Salmon reported from Upper Hendersyde and weighed 14lbs.
Total for the week were 33 Salmon and 3 Sea Trout.
added: 2nd Mar 2014
posted by: Atlantic Salmon Trust
Mixed Stocks Fisheries. The Lairds of our Coast and wild salmon. Breath-taking arrogance, unsustainable, out-of-date, and cause for international censure.
After years of abuse of the netting...
slap periods, Usan Fisheries have at last been brought to account. To anyone concerned about the state of salmon and sea trout stocks on the east coast of Scotland, they will feel that this legal action is long overdue.
Sailing close to the wind. Did Usan jibe?
It is widely recognised by everyone involved in salmon fishery management that the activities of the Usan Salmon Fishery have at times been somewhat ‘close to the wind’ in terms of the law. The weekly slap times, when nets are by law supposed to be rendered inactive by removing the leaders to the bag nets, are in place to support the conservation of salmon, grilse and sea trout. They are most certainly not regulations for a pick and choose approach by Usan Fisheries, arguably the most destructive mixed stocks fishery remaining in the UK.
The owners of the Usan Salmon Fisheries company now face 12 charges relating to alleged incidents in Angus and Fife during August and September 2013. The locations cited are at Boddin, Dysart, Ethie Haven and Scurdie Ness. If it transpires that their nets were operating in the month of September it will confirm the extraordinary arrogance – some might say the behaviour of people who seem to regard the Scottish coast as their fiefdom, and all salmon as their property – of a fishery which surely is now an anachronism, putting Scotland’s inept management of its wild salmon into international pariah status. The fact is that September is outwith the netting season. Transgression of statutory season closures is surely tantamount to poaching?
Of the twelve charges, five are related to netting salmon every weeekend in August from 1800 on Fridays to 0600 on Mondays, all outwith the statutory weekly close time for net fisheries.
All this may seem petty and somewhat arcane to anyone unfamiliar with the operations of Usan Salmon Fisheries. This company, which has long received political and moral support from government and funding from the EU, takes salmon in unknown numbers from most, if not all, east coast salmon rivers. No-one knows which populations of fish are being exploited, some of which may be in a fragile condition (as is the case with the government’s own assessment of South Esk spring salmon). The activities of Usan Salmon Fisheries make it impossible for fishery managers on all affected rivers to assess the condition of their salmon stocks.
The existence of that mixed stocks net fishery is simply bad fishery management, and it is time to take full control of their exploitation. If it is found that they have been flouting the law, notwithstanding health and safety considerations, it will become absolutely clear that they cannot be trusted to manage their operations within the law. Appropriate measures to curb their activities, on conservation grounds alone, must surely follow?
And I haven’t even touched on the immense damage being done by one small family business to the rural economy and communities from Fife to Inverness!
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