River Tweed

Tweedhill Beat

Tweedhill on the Lower Tweed. Click for more info.

Salmon Season

1 Feb to 30 Nov

Description of the River Tweed

The River Tweed is a major river running for almost 100 miles and is one of the classic salmon rivers. It is particularly well known for its autumn or back end fishing and its season is extends into November, which is unusual. The river also boasts some excellent sea trout fishing as well as brown tout and grayling.

Most of the Tweed is in Scotland, but nearer to the see it forms the border with England. It rises in the hills in the Borders near the Lanarkshire boundary at Tweeds Well on the watershed with the Clyde and flows in a generally south easterly route to Berwick-upon-Tweed where it enters the North sea. On its way it passes through Peebles, Galashiels, Melrose, Kelso and Coldstream.

The Tweed is a massive river system an its tributaries include the Blackadder, Eden,  Eddleston, Ettrick, Leader, Leithen, Lyne, Quair, Teviot, Till, and Whiteadder.

Young Tweed at Tweesmuir

Young Tweed at Tweesmuir

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River Tweed at Stielburn below Peebles

River Tweed at Stielburn below Peebles

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Rainbow over the River Tweed at Melrose. Lower Pavilion

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Salmon fishing on the Tweed. A boatman with a client are on the famous Junction Pool on the River Tweed at Kelso. The Junction Pool, where the River Teviot and River Tweed meet, is one of the finest beats on the River Tweed.

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River Tweed from Coldstream

River Tweed from Coldstream Looking upstream from Henderson Park, past the confluence with the Leet Burn at a time of low water levels.

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The River Tweed from the Union Chain Bridge a few miles upstream from Berwick

The River Tweed from the Union Chain Bridge a few miles upstream from Berwick

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River Tweed from Royal Border Bridge

River Tweed Estuary from Royal Border Bridge

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Jock’s Tips and Advice on the River Tweed

River Tay Fishing GuideClick here for guided fishing trips on the TayTweed catches in recent seasons have been excellent and Spring salmon are present in the lower Tweed beats from opening at the beginning of February. Like the other rivers cold water keeps salmon at the lower end until usually somewhere in late March when things start to warm a little then these fish will ascend up through the rest of the Tweed system.

Summer salmon & sea trout fishing on the River Tweed can be very productive as thousands of fish enter this prolific Scottish lowland river each season. Like other famous Scottish salmon rivers the River Tweed tends to be fly only with the exception of high water levels where some of the River Tweed beats permit the use of a spinning rod. Fly fishing from a boat on the river is also an accepted an traditional method of presenting your fly.

The popular River Tweed salmon flies are the Eternal Optimist, Junction Shrimp, Willie Gunn, Sir Richard, Cascade, Stoats Tail, Akroyd, Blue Elver & Green Highlander. The River Tweed opens each season on the 1st of February and closes on the 30th of November. When most other Scottish salmon rivers are closed during late Autumn the Tweed remains open. Huge numbers of salmon are present in the Tweed in the Autumn and early Winter months and the Tweed can be costly to gain fishing access to during this period.

On famous and highly productive Tweed beats like Lower & Upper Floors, Tillmouth, Bemersyde, Lower & Upper Pavillion access can sometimes be difficult during the later months as annually returning salmon anglers usually fill the allocated rod availability.  Although the River Tweed can be an expensive salmon river to fish in the Autumn months in my opinion it is well worth a visit if access can be obtained. Late Spring & Summer Tweed salmon fishing is more readily available and salmon & sea trout sport is usually good.

The Tweed is the second largest salmon river in Scotland and it produces more fly caught salmon than any other river in Britain. The river is 98 miles long and the greatest part of it lies on Scottish soil with some of its headwaters crossing over into England.

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Fishing Links for the River Tweed

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