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Brown Trout Recaptures 

Posted by March Brown Friday, July 08, 2016 3:09:00 PM

Copied and pasted, with permission, from the River Tweed News site:


Tweed Brown Trout Angling Recaptures

Those who have been keeping up to date on our Tweed News site will know that The Tweed Foundation has been trialling pattern recognition software, which is being used to identify individual trout from the spot patterns on their gill covers. Amongst other things, it is hoped that this will give us an insight into how often individual Brown trout are caught by anglers.

We recently put out an appeal to anglers to send in photos of the trout they catch so that we can check them against, and log them into, our trout pattern database. If you are able to help over the remainder of the season, we’d love to hear from you.

Three volunteers from the Gala Angling Association, who fish quite often, have been sending in photos of their catches from the very start of the trout season and, although they vary their fishing locations by also fishing on the Melrose and District and Peeblesshire Trout Fishing Association waters, they often fish on beats they have fished previously. As such, as the season has progressed, the anglers are starting to recapture some fish they’ve caught previously.

The first thing that is obvious from the results so far is that when the anglers fish in locations they’ve fished previously most of the fish that are caught are fish they haven’t caught before, although that’s not to say that the fish haven’t been caught before by other anglers, and recaptures make up only a small percentage of their catches. However, that small percentage does make for interesting reading:

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It is too early to draw any firm conclusions from these results as the amount of data collected is small and first impressions may be misleading but, it would appear that larger trout are more likely to be recaptured by anglers than smaller ones, although it is possible that this is because of anglers opting to target the larger trout when multiple trout are rising.  Some trout also appear to be considerably more aggressive and take greater risks than others when feeding.  For example, Brown trout 2 was caught twice in the same evening by the same angler showing that, after being caught and released, this trout immediately returned to feeding and took the exact same fly again. This trout was also caught a third time in the same location, by the same angler, the next time he fished the beat.

Ashiestiel 39cms trout recaught three times

39cms Brown trout from Ashiestiel that was caught three times, including twice in one evening

The most interesting results so far have come in the apparent response of the two largest trout that were recaptured: Brown trout 1 and Brown trout 4. After being caught once (trout 1), or twice (trout 2), the response of these trout was not to change the way they fed and become more cautious but to move. Brown trout 1 moved about 1km upstream between its first capture and its recapture five days later, and Brown trout 4 moved around 1km downstream between its first recapture and second recapture. The same response to being caught was recorded in a 52cm Brown trout that was caught three times by the same angler from Coldstream during 2014 (at that time we didn’t have the pattern recognition software but had pictures of the fish sent in by the angler that we’ve since run through the software).

50cms Brown trout caught at Traquair, which then moved 1km upstream between its first capture and its recapture

50cms Brown trout caught at Traquair, which then moved 1km upstream between its first capture and its recapture

Please do help us with this important study.  All it takes is a couple of photos, and information on exactly what we need to clearly see from the photo is explained on the Tweed Foundation’s  YouTube Channel.

Spring catches 

Posted by James Hunt Tuesday, May 10, 2016 5:21:00 PM

As ever, Spring is hit or miss. Some biblical catches have been reported from several of the expert Tweed anglers, with 20-30 takeable Trout caught in a day. I'm quite sure they wish to keep their locations secret! For most of the 95% of anglers who catch less than than the experts, at least one or two fish can be expected with well presented dry flies, although the bright sunshine won't be helping matters. With the recent warm weather, we can expect fishing to extend into the evenings shortly.

Wild Trout Trust Auction 2016 

Posted by March Brown Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:50:00 AM

The 2016 Wild Trout Trust auction is now up and running. The auction contains a wide variety of fishing related lots from flies tied by well known anglers to fishing in Argentina. All proceeds go to a very good cause. To find out more about the auction and the work of the Trust visit their website via the link below.

(Edit - auction now closed)

Tweed Winter Grayling Fishing 2015/2016 

Posted by March Brown Friday, February 19, 2016 3:29:00 PM

It's been a a fairly horrible winter here in the Tweed catchment (I realise it's the same for most other areas as well, and worse in some). Rain and high water has been followed by rain and high water with more rain and high water thrown in to boot. Poor old Peebles and Hawick had to put up with the worst of the accompanying flooding. There have been few opportunities to go Grayling fishing and what reports have been coming in are very mixed regarding catches. However there is one ray of light that has managed to shine through and that is that there are lots of reports of 10-15cm Grayling being caught. These fish are 2015's fry and, you would think due to their size, would be the age class/size that would have been most succeptable to losses as a result of the frequent high flows. Thankfully they seem to have seen out the worst of the weather (we hope) and will be around 8"-9" in size come the summer when, fingers crossed, they'll provide this ever optomistic angler with some good catches.

June fishing 

Posted by James Hunt Thursday, June 11, 2015 3:53:00 PM

Your not alone - the Tweed Trout are now very fusy! With clear skies, any prospect for dry fly fishing is now around 22:00. Yellow Mays and Grey Hen and Rusty the best advice for success

River Teviot Grayling Fishing Video 

Posted by March Brown Wednesday, April 29, 2015 11:48:00 AM

With the unusually bright and warm conditions we've seen through most of April (although it's recently changed to bright, cold and windy) trout fishing has been very difficult within the Tweed system (although some good catches have been made). As such I don't have a lot to write so instead I've included a link below to an excellent winter grayling fishing video created by Speycast Media to remind us of the 2014/2015 winter grayling fishing season.


A Few for the Start of the Season 

Posted by March Brown Monday, March 30, 2015 4:37:00 PM

With the start of the Tweed Brown Trout season not to far away now (1st April) I though I would put up a few links to YouTube fly tying demos for patterns which work well early season on the Tweed when the March Browns and Large Dark Olives are hatching.

March Brown Jingler

March Brown Comparadun

Olive Jingler

2014 Trout Fishing Season on Tweed 

Posted by March Brown Friday, October 17, 2014 10:29:00 AM

The 2014 trout fishing season is over on the River Tweed and on reflection it really was a season of two halves. The first half (April, May, June) was very good and was undoubtedly one of the best over the last few years for rising trout. Some of the evening rises in late May and early June were particularly good. However, the second half (July, August and September) was below average (although it picked up a bit in September) due to warm, bright conditions and very low flows - good conditions if you're on holiday but not if you want to catch fish. As I write we've finally hard some significant rainfall with more due soon, but it's too late for the trout fishing.

For anyone wanting to reflect on the season that was the Tweed Foundation has a couple of head-cam fishing videos form around the Tweed system on its YouTube page. You can view them by clicking on any of the links below.

Upper Tweed Evening Rise Dry Fly

Early season Whiteadder Dry Fly Fishing

Late Season Dry Fly & Nymph Fishing, River Ettrick 

11lb Tweed Brown Trout 

Posted by March Brown Monday, June 30, 2014 11:55:00 AM

A Brown Trout estimated at 11lb was caught on the Upper Tweed at the start of June. For more information please click on the link below.

11lb Brown Trout

Tweed May/June Fishing Report 

Posted by March Brown Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:29:00 PM

With June about to finish, the water levels starting to get very low and the Brown Trout beginning to get evermore fussy and less willing to rise, it seems a good time to look back at how the Tweed fished over the last month.

3lb Middle Tweed Trout - a good trout but not typical of the trout caught

Between the middle of May and mid June I made nine trips to fish the evening rise on the Tweed and I have to say that from my own experience it's been one of the best seasons for rising trout I've fished (although admittedly I've not been fishing the Tweed for as long as some). Whilst I've had better years for specimen sized (2lb+) Brown Trout, this year seems to have a particularly good head of 10" (25cm) to 14" (35cm or 1lb) trout and as a result these have been making up the bulk of my catches. It also doesn't appear to be specific to one part of the Tweed and I've had good evenings on the Peeblesshire Trout Fishing Association, Gala Angling Association, St Boswells, Newtown & District Angling Association and Coldstream & District Angling Association waters (I'm not the only angler from these areas to report this and I've heard some good reports from Melrose and Kelso as well). During most of my trips, regardless of whether they were on the Upper, Middle or Lower Tweed, fish were seen feeding on, and the ones I caught taken on immitations of, Olive Upright Spinners and Yelow Mays (Duns and Spinners).

This 12" trout is far more typical of the trout caught in 2014 so far

To be honest I've no idea, at present, beyond some speculative educated guesses why this years fishing has been so good, although the weather has almost certainly helped at times, but with a bit of good fortune and the right weather conditions hopefully we'll get good trout survival for the rest of the year and the start of next and get a bumper catch of 1lb+ trout next May and June (famous last words). Here's also hoping that the back end of this season is half as good as its start.

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