Rich Pickings on the Tweed’s Double Bank Beat
Based as we are on the banks of the Tweed, it’s easy to become complacent about the world-class fishing around us that attracts fishermen from all over the globe. The River Tweed boasts one of the longest seasons, running from 1st February to 30th November, so with the 2012 season underway, we felt it was time to remind ourselves, and our loyal followers, why the silvery Tweed inspires awe in anglers.
There are almost 60 recognised beats on the River Tweed and of these perhaps the most famous of all is The Junction and Hempseedford beat. 1½ miles of magnificent double bank fishing, which includes the renowned Junction Pool, which flows past the elegant Ednam House Hotel in our home town of Kelso. The Junction Pool marks the confluence of the Rivers Tweed and Teviot, and so rich are the pickings here that this picturesque stretch of water has attained mythic significance.
The annual catch from The Junction Pool averages 845 salmon and 111 sea trout, statistics that go some way to explaining why lets on this beat rarely become available; though experienced operators FishPal inform us that in June and July – considered low season but still offering good sport – landing a let is a distinct possibility. Still even if you don’t personally have the opportunity to cast into the famous Junction Pool, watching those who do can be a sport in itself.
The Tweed Rivers Heritage Project have thoughtfully placed an artful bench on the riverbank for those keen on observing the tussle of wits on the river, however, our preferred stoop lies on the opposite bank within the more luxurious setting of Ednam House Hotel. Here you can enjoy afternoon tea, or a glass of something chilled in the beautifully landscaped gardens whilst pondering the angling action. It’s also entirely likely that you’ll run into other salmon fishermen and find yourself drawn into some fishy chat.
Salmon teasing the fishermen, Junction Pool, Kelso
You may even witness a spectacle like this one captured from the grounds of Ednam House Hotel, proof indeed that a salmon likes nothing more than to mess with the minds of boatmen and anglers.
We were also entertained and inspired by the photos of gleeful salmon fishermen snapped with their springers on the Fish Tweed blog. This one of Magnus Klintheim makes us smile every time we look at it.