This year's first salmon wins trophy

THE first spring salmon of the season on the River Tweed was caught on the opening day, February 1.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:15 am
Updated Wednesday, 17th February 2010, 10:16 am

The fisherman who caught it, Ian Bruce, from Berwick, has now been presented with the Tweedside Trophy in Kelso.

Tweedside Tackle's Caroline Pilcher presented Mr Bruce with the life-size stainless steel trophy of a spring salmon, which remains in the Bridge Street shop.

Mr Bruce netted and released the 10lb cock fish on the Dub beat at Upper North Wark, helped by boatman Brian "Ginger" Palmer.

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The fresh springer was caught on a 15ft Hardy Inigma rod using a Rio Skagit line and a Snaelda fly (black, yellow and orange/red).

Mr Bruce is the fourth angler to win the trophy which was commissioned by Tweedside Tackle owners Tim and Caroline Pilcher in 2007 and sculpted by Eyemouth artist Jason Sweeney.

The pair said at the time they wanted to kick-start, and create a bit of buzz about, the restart of salmon fishing year.

Accomplished fishing people, both with International Game Fish Association (IGFA) records, the Pilchers moved to the Borders from London in 2006.

In addition to the trophy Mr Bruce received a certificate and a fly reel donated by Loomis.