The river Tweed season started on Saturday, 1st February, with anglers gathering at Pedwell Landing for the blessing of the river and service of prayers by Reverend Rob Kelsey, Vicar of Norham. Then it was off to the Masons Arms for bacon rolls and hot drinks which was very much appreciated as the day was cold and very windy.
The first fish of the season was caught by Herbert Hinterberger from Sweden. The 12lb springer was caught on Lower Floors and netted by Jonathon Mackereth. Herbert’s name will be engraved on to the trophy along with that of the boatman and the beat. Creator of the trophy, artist Jason Sweeney said “We welcome our overseas fishers who have supported the river on the first day for many years. It’s now several years since I made the trophy, often referred to as the Kelso Kipper, and it’s great to continue the celebration of the opening of Tweed.”
The weather and river height on opening day affected fishing below Coldstream, even the new fishing hut on Pedwell beat didn’t tempt any anglers on to the river. Closer to Kelso anglers enjoyed some action with kelts and spring fish, including an 11lber caught on Junction by Ian Hayward.
Further up river, Bemersyde Fishing held their opening ceremony and Fiona Brown accompanied by a piper blessed the river. She wished all a successful season and thanked the Tweed ghillies, “who keep us all on the right path and tell us where to go”. Slàinte mhath!
If like us, you are itching to cast a line on Tweed this year, please call the office on 01573 470612. Alternatively visit FishTweed for the latest availability.