The Borders has a huge choice of fishing, including world-famous salmon fishing and sea trout, brown trout and grayling fishing hundreds of miles of river.
In addition there are a number of lochs and fisheries with rainbow trout.
There is also coarse fishing to be had and sea fishing off the Berwickshire coast.
Trout and Grayling
The Tweed and its tributaries provide fishing for brown trout, averaging about a third of a pound, but fish up to 2lb are common. Rainbow trout fishing is also available in local lochs. The Tweed system also provides some of the best grayling fishing in Europe. They average around a pound and specimen fish to 3lb and over are frequently caught.
The statutory open season for brown trout fishing is from 15th March to 6th October, but a lot of clubs have a reduced season from 1st April to 30th September. Fishing on Sundays is very limited. During September, April and May, daytime fishing is best, while in June, July and August the best time is early evening and dusk.
There is no closed season for grayling but each part of the river has its own regulations
Salmon Fishing and Sea Trout
The River Tweed runs right through the heart of the Borders and is often referred to as the queen of salmon rivers. During the long season - from 1st February to 30th November - more salmon are caught than on any other British river. The Tweed is most famous for its main autumn run of large fish, with a few fish even approaching 30lbs. The spring run is of fewer and smaller fish, but they are in perfect condition and prized by the connoisseur. Summer fish are difficult to catch in low water, but can provide extremely good value fishing if there is a small rise in water.
Ghillies are provided by many beats to look after anglers. There is a wide choice of fishing available, from £50 to many hundreds of pounds per day
The best sea trout fishing is on the Tweed's tributaries notably the Till & Whiteadder. By autumn the fish have spread throughout the river system, and there are large fish to be caught. The rights to fish for sea trout and salmon go together and it is not possible to take separate permits for them. The sea trout season is the same as for salmon.
Although salmon and trout fishing predominate in the Tweed system, there are also perch, pike and roach to be had. There is no closed season for coarse fishing in Scotland, but some areas of the Tweed are forbidden to coarse anglers at certain times to protect salmon and trout stocks.
A fishing guide works exclusively with one fishing party at a time. A guide offers local knowledge, tuition, permits, equipment, waders and everything that a fisher, beginner or experienced, might require.
They work on the Tweed systems with salmon , sea trout, trout and grayling fishers on a half day or day basis.
Tweed Guide has been operating on the Tweed System since 1998 from Peebles to Berwick and is happy to help with any fishing enquiry