The river Tweed that flows through Melrose is one of the most famous salmon fishing rivers in the world. Fisher-men and women travel here from far and wide for the chance to catch a beautiful Atlantic Salmon as they migrate up the river from the sea. Fly-fishing is the main method used but some parts of the river also allow spinning.
The river is privately owned by lots of different land owners and anglers must purchase a fishing permit from the landowner. This process is facilitated by the two main websites, Fish Tweed and Tweed Beats, where permits can be purchased and more information on the river can be found. Prices for salmon fishing generally start at around £50 per person per day but can rise to several hundreds of pounds for the most productive stretches at the best time of year. The salmon fishing season is from the beginning of February to the end of November and fish can be caught throughout the season. However, the main runs of Salmon usually occur in March – May for the spring run, August for the Summer run and September – November for the autumn run.
The Eildon Holiday Cottages provide a great base for visiting anglers as we are situated roughly in the middle of the river. All the classic middle river beats are close at hand and the upper and lower river beats are all within an easy scenic drive. There are facilities for drying waders and coats over-night next to our biomass boiler, fishing rods can be stored over-night in our barn to save having to take them down and we have a large chest freezer for any salmon you keep.
TROUT & GRAYLING
Trout and Grayling fishing on the Tweed and its tributaries and on local lochs can be excellent and is much more affordable than Salmon fishing. Prices start from £4 per day. Trout and Grayling fishing permits on the Tweed are usually organised by local fishing clubs and are available to buy from various shops and post offices. Have a look on the Fish Tweed website for more details of the different stretches and where to buy permits. Permits for the Melrose Angling Association stretch can be purchased from the Spar shop on the High Street in Melrose.
The best shops in the area for stocking up on your salmon, trout and grayling fishing tackle supplies are the Borders Gunroom in St Boswells and Fin & Game in Kelso.
COURSE FISHING IN THE SCOTTISH BORDERS
There are some well stocked lakes in the area with Carp, Tench, Roach Perch and Pike being the main species available to catch. Best advice is to speak to Mike at the Border Angling Centre in Galashiels on 01896 751620. He can give you the best advice on where to fish and how to buy your permit. This is also the best shop in the area to stock up on all your course fishing tackle supplies.