Junction, River Tweed
The river Tweed is perhaps the best known of all salmon rivers in Scotland, and is over 100 miles in length from its source in Dumfriesshire to the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed. For the last 19 miles it forms the boundary between Scotland and England.
The salmon catch on Tweed is phenomenal with 16,682 recorded fish caught in 2011 (2010 23,219). It has one of the longest seasons (1 February to 30 November) and its autumn run is noted for the size and number of fish caught. Tweed has also been enjoying an improved spring run in recent years.
Fly fishing only is allowed between 1 February and 14 February, and 15 September to 30 November. At other times, spinning is allowed but the use of treble hooks is prohibited.
The Junction beat, including the Hempseedford beat, provide some 1½ miles of excellent boat and double bank fishing. The catches on Junction are remarkable, with a five year average of 845 salmon.
Junction Pool itself, arguably the most famous salmon pool in the world, can, given the right water conditions hold an enormous number of fish. In addition to Junction, the beat has nine other named pools. These are Jacks Plumb, The Hawthorns, The Pot, The Flats, Bridge Pool, White Dyke, The Stream (Hempseedford), Rosebank and The Grain. There is also part of the River Teviot, thus giving an exceptional choice of fishing on one of the best salmon waters in the country. The fishing is for 3-6 rods.
There is a comfortable hut situated right on the bank of the Teviot before its confluence with Tweed at the Junction Pool. The services of three boatmen/ghillies are included in the rent and the Head Ghillie is Billy Jack. The boatmen are in attendance between 0930 - 1700 hours, and the meeting place is at the fishing hut, unless pre-arranged elsewhere with the boatmen.
1½ miles of excellent boat and double bank fishing
Junction Beat, River Tweed, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5