Heatwave!! That sums up the week on the Tweed for last week.
From the previous week of rain, gales and slightly warmer temperatures, I thought and wrote that the river would be in good form for anglers from the reports I received that week. I was not informed, nor were the weather forecasters of what turned out to be the ensuing heatwave and a real feeling of summer is here!
Monday provided the best of the weeks catches, as the conditions proved better than the rest of the week.
Doug reports from the Lower Tweed,
The river has been below a foot on the Norham gauge all week, which should have been good for us down at this end. There was a promising start with Milne Graden, Ladykirk and Tweedhill all landing fish on Monday under a cloudy sky. Brian Palmer at Tweedhill tells me that their fish took a small (size 14) black and orange fly but as the week progressed and the sky cleared the salmon disappeared. I haven’t been out myself this week, but as Brian said, “You’ve missed nowt!” There have been a few decent sea trout caught however, from Horncliffe and Ladykirk up to Milne Graden, even on the hottest days. We had a cloudy day with light showers to end the week and the anglers I spoke to at Pedwell on Saturday were feeling optimistic. Unfortunately they didn’t have any luck and, of the bottom beats, it was only Milne Graden rods who had success with two fish landed. It looks however, as though there might be more cloud cover next week but not enough rain to bring the river up so things should improve. We just have to keep trying.
The bright conditions and high temperatures that ensued from Tuesday onwards, dropped the fish to the river bed as quick as throwing a stone into the water. It was Saturday when the conditions changed. The temperature dropped and some rain showers came in off the coast. Tillmouth and Junction picked up 6 and 4 fish for the day.
There were some good anglers out last week and with tough conditions fish were caught.
Tom Festing and friend were fishing Birgham dub for the first few days of the week and came away with a respectable tally of “seven” fish a mixture of salmon and seatrout, but an awesome 11b seatrout in the mix. What was interesting was that the pair were fishing early morning and late into the evening and staying off the water from 10am until late afternoon. Their main success came in the morning around 7am for about 1 hour. After this time the river went calm as the sun really got onto the water. Small flies with sink tips seemed to be in order.
This fishing pattern was mirrored by Iain Wilson who was also fishing first thing in the morning on Merton and said, “sneeked in a couple of hours fishing before work this morning, took the 12 footer and managed to hook and land a 10lber”, the fish was very clean.
The Watson Party fishing Tillmouth had a good finish on Saturday with a 6 fish haul. As the weather broke, the fishing became back on with salmon and seatrout being taken, and all fresh fish, and also fish being lost as well as being seen following flies and spinners.
So in all, not an easy week with the very bright sunshine, water temperature sneaked above 60F, and day time temp topping 26C on Friday.
Trout report from Mike
Last weekend and early week the fishing was good both during the day and in the evenings. Lots of trout being caught with a few decent fish still coming out. The heat on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday seems to have changed things a bit though. Like most fish trout like settled weather and the heat combined with low river levels seems to have knocked them back a bit. Dry fly wise, olives, spinners and sedges have been doing ok. Doesn’t seem to be many yellow mays at all now, just a few in the afternoons and early evenings. Best tactic on the hot bright days this week was heavy nymphs. Tungsten beaded pheasant tails in size 14 and 16 have been working well. If you tie your own try a little orange “hot spot” just behind the bead. You can do this with all nymph patterns and it can often make a big difference. Next week it looks like the weather is going to be fairly settled with mild temperatures, plenty of cloud and some light showers too. Should be good fishing weather!
Today Monday is cooler with ample cloud cover currently, so it will be interesting to see how the river fairs. The river is low and there isn’t much rain in the forecast for the week ahead but it is June and I guess that’s what should be the weather for the time of year. If you can arrange to fish early or late with the permission of the ghillie, give it a try as this will probably your best opportunity to get in amongst things.
Have fun, enjoy and tight lines for the week ahead.
Beat catches reported
(week ending 13th June)
SALMON & GRILSE: Tweedhill 1, Ladykirk 1, Milne Graden 3, Tillmouth 11, Lower Birgham 1, Sprouston 5, Hendersyde 2, Upper Hendersyde 2, Junction 13, Rutherford 5, Dryburgh Lower 2, Bemersyde 3, Boleside 1, Lower Tindal 1.
Total: 51 Largest: Junction 17lbs
SEA TROUT: Horncliffe 2, Pedwell 1, Ladykirk 2, Milne Graden 1, Tillmouth 8, West Learmouth 5, Lower Birgham 4, Sprouston 3, Hendersyde 2, Junction 2, Lower Makerstoun 1, Upper Makerstoun 2, Rutherford 2, Drygrange 1, Ashiestiel 1, Tiptoe 1, Upper Tindal 1, Redscar 10.
Total: 49 Largest: Junction 12lbs
TROUT: None reported