ANGLERS are confident that the 2013 salmon fishing season on the Tweed will be one to remember.
The season is set to get underway on Friday, February 1, running until November 30, and most salmon beats are already fully booked.
Malcolm Campbell, who has been a ghillie on the Tweed for the last thirty years, thinks that there is the potential for a third good season in a row.
“February is traditionally a quiet month, but then again last year it was our best February since 1984.”
Malcolm explained, however, that the recent heavy rain and melting snow would initially make things difficult for anglers going after a Tweed salmon.
“We’ve had plenty of water, and levels are rising again now. It makes it difficult to hold the salmon. But once the water levels drop a bit, we should all be cautiously optimistic.
“You have to be a bit optimistic to be in this game, and hopefully we’ll see someone pick up the trophy that Tweedside Tackle in Kelso offer for the first salmon of the season.”
Robert Pardoe of Sale & Partners, involved with the letting of four beats on the Tweed (Dryburgh North, Upper North Wark, Pedwell and Tweedhill) is also looking forward to getting people out on the water: “Once again,” he said, “the season will be one of both challenges and very worthwhile opportunities.”
Robert explained how these beats fared in the second wettest year on record and why they continue to offer excellent fishing for the year ahead.
“While the Upper and Lower Tweed struggled with continually fluctuating river levels in 2012,” he said, “the Middle Tweed beats, while not breaking records, performed very well. Full catch return figures have yet to be compiled but are expected to reflect these conditions - although fishermen and women have had to work hard at their sport, significant rewards have been reported.”
Along the rest of the river there continued to be good sport with an 18lb sea trout caught at Tillmouth in high water conditions, the largest of the season .