Here come the girls, River Tweed.
Saturday, the ladies fished the Tweed under the guidance of FishTweed reporter Bill Stanworth.
We arrived at the beat to be greeted by our guide for the day and explanation of the beat from the Managing Director of FishPal Iain Wood. What a treat!
The beat we fished had 2 miles of right bank fishing running through one of the most picturesque parts of the Whiteadder valley with superb high-sided rocks, gentle meadows and wooded areas. It is well documented that the
Whiteadder was once the most prolific of the Tweed tributaries, well ahead of the Teviot.
Bill set up our rods and discussed fly & fishing tactics as we watched salmon jumping in the pool below us, enticed by leaping salmon we were eager to wet our flies into the streamy water.
During the morning we fished the glides, riffles and good tail runs, including the slower water, with salmon showing a reluctance to take the fly.
Lunch was a leisurely affair in the fishing hut. We enjoyed the fishing banter over a glass of red wine, tales of the one that got away, with much laughter.
We fished below the fish pass in the afternoon with Bill demonstrating how to fish small streamy riffles for salmon, much to our frustration salmon were jumping in front of us, but the fish were reluctant to take the fly, whatever size of fly…thats salmon fishing !
The day ended with many salmon seen but all showing fish were intent on running hard to their spawning grounds.
Huge thank you to Bill Stanworth nick named our ‘guilty pleasure’ for his help, laughter and wealth of knowledge during the day. To spend the day with a gentleman from angling royalty was a real treat.