The RTC’s 2013 Annual Report indicates that, despite an exceedingly variable season in terms of the weather, with a cold, wet start and no spates on the River between April and October, Tweed achieved an overall Salmon catch of 20,316, with 14,794 of those being caught by the rod fishery (13,185 by rod in 2012). The vast majority of fish were caught in the back end, and most in November when, unusually, even with some higher water conditions, no days were completely lost to angling.
4,608 Sea-trout were landed, 1,451 of them by the rod fishery.
Trout fishing in 2013 was not ideal, with an unusually cold April followed by a very warm summer and autumn with prolonged periods of very low flows. The only area catching reasonable numbers of trout was the Whiteadder, where above average catches were recorded.
The RTC 2013 Annual Report & Accounts includes further information about the Commission’s work during the year, together with catch and trends graphs.
Whilst the RTC has had a robust and effective management structure in place for many years, as part of the more open governance required of all Scottish Salmon Fishery Boards by Government, from 2014 onwards the RTC has decided to make some changes, including allowing the public to attend the Annual General Meeting.
This year’s AGM will be held at 9.30am to 10am on Monday, 3rd March 2014 at the Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso, and public attendance is welcome.