River Tweed Fishing Guide & SGAIC Fly Fishing Instructor

Looking for a River Tweed fishing guide and fly fishing instructor? Scotia Fishing operate on many of Scotland’s finest rivers including the prestigious River Tweed where head guide Callum Conner (a qualified Scottish Game Angling Instructor) has fished extensively for over a decade. This depth of local knowledge and experience is invaluable when looking for a River Tweed fishing guide.

The world famous River Tweed offers some of the finest fly fishing in Scotland. With specimen Trout, Grayling and historically Scotland’s most prolific Salmon run. It’s no wonder many anglers travel from around the world to fish this majestic river!

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A guest fishes to rising trout under the supervision of River Tweed Fishing Guide Callum Conner

River Tweed Facts

The Tweed’s name comes from the anglicisation of the Gaelic word ‘Tuath’ which means ‘North’.
Tweed clothing (i.e  Tweed caps etc) has born its name from the connection with the River Tweed, many of the rivers resident ghillies still sport the full traditional Tweed attire to this day.

The River Tweed is the 2nd largest river in Scotland and is unique in the fact that it flows through Scotland and England, forming the border between both countries before emptying into the North Sea at Berwick upon Tweed. It meanders its way through a beautiful setting amidst the stunning, historic, Scottish Borders countryside.

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Your River Tweed Fishing Guide knows the best spots to catch salmon, trout & grayling

The Tweed is also unique in that there is no spinning allowed after the 14th of September so it boasts the most fly caught Salmon in Scotland.

It has a total of 13 main tributaries including the bonnie River Teviot, Leader, Whiteadder, Ettrick and River Till, all of which provide good fishing in their own right.

The River Tweed is also the only river in England where a rod license is not required to fish.

River Tweed Species

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Monster Grayling for Swedish guest on the from River Tweed…

The River Tweed Grayling fishing is exceptional, along with its main tributaries it is arguably the finest Grayling fishery in the UK, if not Europe! We have been fortunate to guide our clients to many memorable Tweed system Grayling of specimen proportions, as well as landing them ourselves. Grayling fishing is available throughout the year with peak times being in winter. There is something special about winter Grayling fishing, not even sub zero temperatures will stop them feeding!

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A stunning Middle River Tweed Trout

The Brown Trout fishing on the River Tweed seems to be improving more and more in recent years. In April, May and early June the dry fly fishing can be exceptional and this is the best time of year to target the larger specimens, when you can carefully select and cast at the bigger fish. At this time of year the fish seem to have food on their mind and are a little bit easier to tempt. After this spell the nymph fishing and evening rise comes into its own!

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2nd Salmon of the day for Australian guest Mick on the Middle River Tweed

The River Tweed Salmon fishing is some of the best in Europe. The Tweed has been the most prolific river in Europe for a number of years, 2010 saw a record breaking catch return. Although catches over the past couple seasons haven’t been quite what we’re used to, like many rivers in Scotland this has mainly been down to a lack of rainfall.

The spring Salmon run has seen an increase in recent seasons. Spring is a special time to catch a Salmon, many hardcore Salmon anglers yearn to catch “springers”. Fishing can be purchased at a more affordable price and although Salmon are present in lesser numbers, the fish are often better takers. This mainly mainly due to the colder water temperatures.

The Salmon season on the Tweed is one of the lengthiest in the country, running from 1st February till the 30th of November. Salmon can be caught throughout the season with peak times being April/May & early June and then famous back end Autumn/Fall run September – November.

 

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River Tweed Fishing Guide Callum Conner with a big brown trout from the river about to be returned.

Hiring a River Tweed fishing guide and fly fishing instructor with an in depth knowledge of when and where to fish this iconic Scottish river is paramount to ensuring your best chance of success. Get in touch with us now via the contact us button here and at the top of the page to discuss guided fishing on the River Tweed.

 

Our 2015 Season So Far – Late Summer Update!

Well what a year it’s been so far for Scotia Fishing and our clients! We’ve had many memorable days and some great catches.

Apologies for the lack of updates, we’ve not been able to post as regularly as we’d like. Here’s just a few small snippets of a few of the fishing highlights in 2015 so far!

In early Spring we had some real mixed weather, one week it was warm, one week it was cold and to be honest the whole of Spring was much colder than usual. Not that we were complaining though as the fishing throughout Spring was epic! & Grayling in the latter half (post spawn) were feeding hard and we managed some great catches during this period

First time lady fly fisher Jayne from Australia had never picked up a fishing rod before, never mind a fly fishing rod! That didn’t stop her from landing this cracking 3lb plus Grayling!

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Star pupil Jayne from Australia with a fish of a lifetime for her first ever catch!

Australian guest Joe was a great laugh and although we couldn’t get him into some big Grayling he managed this stunning Trout on the dry fly after 15 minutes of figuring out what he wanted – a special catch.

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Joe wasn’t the only one delighted!

Young Jaco had three specimen Grayling in the one day and also hooked two Salmon by accident! A little superstar angler in the making!

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Little star Jaco from Italy – one of my personal favourite days of the year!

Mats from Sweden managed this stonker at 3lb 4oz in early Summer. The river was gin clear so we had to apply stealth tactics. The New Zealand indicators came into their own during this period and I climbed up trees in order to pick out the fish and avoid spooking them with blind casting – great fun!

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3lb plus grayling – keep em wet…

South African guest Richard managed this superb river brown trout on a waterhen bloa.

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A river Brown Trout in peak condition!

 

My guest Lucas from USA Brian had this outstanding Tay Trout just over 5lb. Here it is displayed using the famous “rock the baby” goal celebration grip…

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Bars of gold…

 

 

The Spring Salmon fishing was excellent in April, May and June so our clients managed to get into some bars of silver on both the River Tweed and Tay.

Mick Duggan managed two in the one day fishing the Tweed with Loop & Sakura endorsed guide Callum Conner.

 

 

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Numero uno…

 

 

No doubts about it, the Australian’s are the luckiest!

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Spring Tweed Chrome…

Mark from Australia managed an epic Salmon on the Middle Tay.

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A beezer as we say…

 

See what I mean now about the Aussies?….

Said from Jordan picked up Spey casting very quickly and had a great time despite not landing any Salmon – his wife however did lose a cracking fish on the Lower Middle Tay.

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The stunning Lower River Tay

 

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The famous Islamouth pool

 

Pike fishing was slow to begin with but did pick up towards the latter half of spring. The fish were late to spawn in our local waters but they didn’t half go on a feeding frenzy soon after this!

Said managed a cracking Pike in the mid teens – caught fishing jerk baits aggressively just sub-surface which is one of the most exciting types of fishing you can do in the UK.

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Proper chunky Scottish Loch Pike fight like demon’s…

Dylan from Down Under managed this nice Pike in amongst a bucket load of fish for their days sport.

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Aussies again….

Ed managed his first ever Pike on a surface fly – the best way to do it! The fish were on these big time for a few weeks and we had some amazing fun fishing poppers during this period.

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Pike hits on the surface – it gets no better!

Ryan & Sao from Dubai had some great sport – Sao had most of the luck though, had to be said Ryan!

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Sao was nailing the Pike all day fishing soft plastics…

I managed to get myself out for a days Pike fly fishing from the float tube on our local loch and managed this only fish of the day at 20lb 3oz – epic battle!

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He aint lost it…

That’s just a little catch up, we’re now hitting peak Salmon season and the back end run is shaping up to be a cracker! Let’s hope for some rain and some more epic days to call in the remainder of the season!

Stay tuned for some interesting news from Scotia Fishing soon…

Tight lines!

Cal

“Wee Vic”

Sad day today at Scotia HQ, said a final goodbye far too early to a man who leaves a lasting impression on my life. A wee legend in my eyes.

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Vic enjoying one of my venison burgers

Pre Scotia days I had the pleasure of first meeting Vic in what was then my local tackle shop, the old Angling Centre Stirling. We later went on to become colleagues when I went to work there for 4 years and became friends outside of work when we both went our separate ways.

Vic was your classic ‘Scottish character’, very warm, welcoming, helpful, chatty, full of the jokes, didn’t take anything too serious and always had the ability to see the best in people.

A natural salesman and a knowledge of Scottish fishing that was huge across all genres, I learned loads from him over the years, not just about fishing.

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My last ever trip fishing with him for Perch on Loch Lomond – he caught more than me that day too

I had some great days fishing with him, and the funny thing about when you fished with him is it didn’t matter what side of the boat he was on, the bugger always wanted to cast onto your side and poach your fish!  When he did catch more fish or bigger fish than you, you could be sure he would let you know :).

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I took Vic up to this Loch for the first ever time and showed him the areas, he obviously packed this fish out my swim that day too… Classic Vic reply after this when I said ” do you want to try the other side?” – “Aye, I catch fish anywhere mate eh”

I’ll look back at a few photos from fishing together with fondness tonight and toast a wee half in memory of him!

RIP Wee Man x

Trout and Salmon Magazine!

Great to see our client Adam in this months Trout & Salmon magazine, Salmon fishing on the beautiful River Teith! Adam never managed a Salmon on this day but took up Spey casting very quickly after some tuition from Founder, SGAIC and Loop Ambassador Callum Conner!

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Trout and Salmon magazine double page spread.

Trout & Salmon is the UK’s number one, leading game fishing monthly magazine, an institution in fly fishing literature so it was great privilege to be asked to provide this image for the current issue.

One thing we take the great pride on is the images on our site are taken and copyright owned by Callum Conner Photography bar a couple of himself.

Fishing has been excellent this past few weeks and you can look forward to a write up very shortly!

Tight lines!

Callum & Lennie