Sprouston, 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 (23,219 in 2010). 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 Sprouston Beat is situated downstream of Junction, separated only by Upper Hendersyde beat. Sprouston and Hendersyde beats enjoy a reciprocal arrangement where tenants fish the top half of the beat one day, and then the bottom half of the beat on the following day. Consequently, tenants have exclusive fishing on the allocated part of the beat with no-one fishing from the opposite bank.
The fishing extends to 2½ miles of double bank fishing with the top beat having nine excellent holding pools and the bottom having eight equally good holding pools.
Two rods fish Sprouston and each rod has the services of a ghillie. Each beat has two boats. Sprouston produces some of the highest catches per rod on Tweed with 605 salmon being caught in 2011. Each beat has a fishing hut.
Exclusive fishing on the River Tweed
Sprouston Beat, River Tweed, Kelso, Roxburghshire TD5