Start of 2022 Tweed Salmon Season
The start of the new salmon fishing season on the River Tweed was marked with a service of blessing on Tuesday 1 February at Pedwell Landing, Northumberland by Vicar Rob Kelsey of St Cuthbert’s Church in Norham.
The blessing originated centuries ago when the location was an important site for net fishing for salmon but died out following that industry’s demise in the 1980s. It was recently re-established at the instigation of local fisherman, Jim Blyth and each year, the Vicar now imparts a blessing on line-fishing on the river, on the river itself and on the local ecology.
Clerk to the River Tweed Commission and Tweed Foundation Director, Jamie Stewart attended the event. He said: “The Tweed is one of the most famous salmon rivers in the world with a fishing tradition stretching back centuries. The blessing of the river is a valuable link with the past and reminds us of the importance of the natural world and the many benefits that the river and fishing can bring, both to individuals and to the communities up and down the length of the River Tweed and its tributaries. We wish everyone who fishes the river, and those who make their living from it, a safe and successful season.”