The Tweed – Scotland’s most prolific salmon river

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The Tweed – Scottish Borders champion salmon river – The Tweed, one of Scotland’s great rivers, (in spite of the fact that its final few miles flow through England) is a magnet for those who consider fly fishing a sporting art form.

Taking life from a 1500 sq mile (4000 sq km) catchment area of wild Scottish Border uplands and fertile valleys, the Tweed fully deserves its reputation as one of the world’s great salmon and trout fisheries.

Flowing 98-miles to Berwick and the North Sea, it reputedly attracts more Atlantic salmon than any river in the European Union and has been a favourite with anglers since the 17th century.

Record books from the 1800’s show the numbers of fish being taken from the river numbering in their tens of thousands. Famous local ties such as Greenwell’s Glory and Jock Scott, together with scores of other colourful characters are cast across the Tweed’s bountiful waters by thousands of anglers over the course of the season – which happens to be one of Scotland’s longest, running from Feb 1 to November 30.

Today the river is the source of very big business indeed and you could find yourself rubbing shoulders with some extremely high profile fishing fans.

Royalty and celebrities such as game show host Chris Tarrant, cricketer Ian Botham and the actor Geoffrey Palmer are Tweed regulars.

In Scotland fishing permits can range from £30 to £1,000 a day and stretches of the Tweed are among the most sought after.

In October at the Junction Pool, where the River Teviot joins big brother Tweed just outside Kelso, it can cost up to £30,000 a week for five rods to fish.

That’s serious money for serious players who are prepared to travel from all over the world to put their skills to the test on the Tweed.

The River Tweed flows through beautiful countryside, with historic settings to match. From its source to Berwick the Tweed – romantic, historic and recreational – is one of the Scottish Borders’ class acts.

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