The first Spring Salmon of the season on Tweed was caught on the 1st February, 2014, by Kent Håkansson from Sweden. Kent was fishing at Upper Floors on the Weetles pool, aided by Boatman Richie Donnovan, who netted and safely released the 9lb cock fish. The Springer was caught on a Cascade Tube fly, using a 15’ Loomis Stinger and a Sage reel. As is now the tradition, there was a good turnout at Tweedside Tackle on the evening of the opening day, which was well attended by fishers and boatmen alike. Drinks followed by the presentation of the Tweedside Tackle Trophy, took place in the shop that evening.
Kent Håkansson is the Fishery Manager on the Em, the famous sea trout river in Sweden. When asked about the opening day he commented “This is my 10th year fishing the opening day on Tweed. Besides all the nice people we have met on Tweedside, and the chance of an early fish, there are two main reasons for us coming to the Tweed every year; the rich salmon fishing history – fly fishing for salmon has probably longer traditions on Tweed than any other river in the world. The other main attraction for us is Tweed being a pure wild fish river, free from hatcheries. As a Fishery Manager, I am really impressed by the work of the Tweed Commission and the Tweed Foundation. I often use Tweed as an example of what can be achieved with good management”.
The Tweedside Tackle Trophy presented by Tim Pilcher, was sculptured by the locally renowned artist Jason Sweeney. Kent is now the 8th fisher to win this trophy, which was first commissioned in 2007 and remains on show in the shop. In addition to the trophy Kent received a Certificate and a ‘goodie bag’.
Tweedside Tackle Decanter for the First Salmon of the Season from KAA Teviot Water – The first Spring Salmon has still to be caught from the Teviot!
Thank you to Tim & Caroline Pilcher for the news release.