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  1. marty31

    Bottom tweed

    Not a great week for the river! Or indeed our beat but two not bad grilse in these trying conditions! The tweed on the whole, hasnt had a decent season so far! And going by the recent trend, its not going to improve much with the backend runs collapsing!
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    pulled up at our fishing today, to be told, there's a few about! and in the main holding pool yes a good number of fish jumping about, we are roughly at the top of the tide on the tweed river, and normally when theres a few about! they are fresh fish off the tide, with a few old residents in...
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    Bad boys of yesterday

    This badboy! Was a common sight on the coquet in the days gone by, everyone who fished seriously had one of these wepons either hanging off their belt or back pack but not allowed in February march or October! Very handy in circumstances when fishing solo and a pool full of snags! Now classed as...
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    A modern day beast

    Just seen this Swedish beast! A couple of ounces below the magic 60 pound, who could argue with that?
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    compairing the thurso to the tweed part three

    The conclusion like many others on the previous no 1 and 2 parts I have some experience regarding fishing the famous tweed river, starting at the top peebles burgh, haystoun, kailzie, horsburgh, cardrona, glenormiston, traquair, holylee, pedwell, horncliffe, tweedhill and Waltham & dritness, the...
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    Vintage or not?

    Snowing and freezing outside so gardening and roof maintenance knocked on the head! Sorting out my fishing cubard out and came across these 3 fellows! Kleppe on 2 and a old traditional hardy spoon! All very well made and i would say definitely fish catchers small and heavy! Not to bright! A...
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    Any enthusiasm for monday?

    Monday feb the glorious 1st open day for a lot of rivers, i know and it has also been well pointed out we are all answerable to covid traveling restrictions but local rods can fish! Has anyone any enthusiasm for monday? I attended out of boredom to empty a abundance of rainwater out our river...
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    Fresh fish

    Has there been any proper fresh salmon actually been caught this season yet? The tay two weeks in and helmsdale 3 wks some English rivers more and irish rivers a few weeks?
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    Wader bargains

    just received a email from john Norris and there was the bargain of the week! "used pair of simms g3 guidlines stockingfoot waders cinder! Repaired but no warranty, size m reduced from £599.00 to £450.00 wow what a bargin!!!🤣 really?? But not for me🤣 any takers ??
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    Rapala / vision 110

    Thinking again about trying to catch a salmon these beasts! I have tried them before, and quickly got bored, fishing the tweed bottom river i have found them light and bulky, susceptible to wind then floaty in the current, always feeling that your winding faster than required, just to try and...
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    Wrongdoings and what early age

    I think it could be widely excepted that everyone has done something wrong at sometime salmon related! What age was the first incident? Mine relates to our local denwick dam! It was November and there was a bit water in and there was a few salmon lying visable below! One very near the side wall...
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    weired wonderfull but shouldn't be there

    Sitting eating lunch last week, social distancing as the previous 8 months one in one vehicle one in other 4 metres apart, one facing one way one facing the other, my work mate, who knows naff all about birds, but knows I have a little knowledge, had been watching a strange bird feeding, this ...
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    The sizing of carfully returned salmon

    Recently one of our very experienced syndicate members with a hell of a lot of salmon under his belt, reported a biggish fish measured, then carefully returned! he was reluctant to enter it into our book until a second opinion, was given, I sought advice from a experienced tweed gillie, who...
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    slow times on the once mighty tweed

    talking to a old friend and once tillmouth gillie, he was asking if I knew how the beat was doing, I replied no but would find out, and to my horror only 2 salmon last week, 27 for the whle of October, 282 for the season so far? he also looked in horror, replying in his not so long away day...
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    the north sea drift netters still exist

    having been told umpteen times the north sea nets are finished this year and we all can expect far bigger runs as a result, I thought I was seeing things when passing alnmouth bay and saw the same cobles fishing the same births as previous years, close to the shore where the salmon are well...
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    idiots with guns

    £500.00 fine for man who says he mistakenly shot a protected buzzard on pheasant shoot on ralia estate newtonmore "keith riddoch of Aberdeen was found guilty at inverness sheriff court of reckless shooting, and told if he couldn't tell the difference between a pheasant and a buzzard he should...
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    tweed autumn fishing its going from bad to ????

    water a good hight, Monday October 2nd prime time, 11 fish caught, that's for the whole river! fishpall and tweedbeats whats happened? this cannot go on, at least not at the price the fishing is now:eek:
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    east arkengarthdale estate in north yorkshire

    a ping on my email last week brought yet another disgraceful incident concerning grouse moors to light "in December 2014 the rspb investigation team observed then uncovered a illegal buried poison cache, incredibly nobody was prosecuted for this illegal stash and despite the best efforts of the...
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    tweed autumn run

    the tweedbeats editorial mentions that the Paxton netting station, now this year only used by the tweed foundation for scientific purposes, netted 6-7 times in September-October and never caught 1 salmon in perfect water conditions, how unbelievably scary is that? no wonder the old crew threw...
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    cyber attack

    has anybody else had their like total deducted by 20% sometime in last few days or is it just me? doesn't really matter at all, but couldn't do with my profile age going up by 20% to compensate, a quick calculation dosent put a smile on my face :cool::mad: