River Tweed salmon rod catches reach record level

Salmon rod catches on a Scottish Borders river last year were the highest since records began in 1947.

The River Tweed Commission (RTC) said the figure of 23,219 for the waters in 2010 was “unprecedented”.

The record year came despite a poor spring season on the 97-mile river when anglers were asked to put salmon back for conservation purposes.

RTC chairman Andrew Douglas-Home said some “almost perfect fishing conditions” had helped improve catches.

Mr Douglas-Home claimed criticism of the conservation moves had faded as angling improved along the river during the season.

He said he believed the numbers could be a record for any North Atlantic salmon river.

“Some will say it is because we fish harder, that we have a longer season than anyone else, that the average size was smaller than in the 1980s,” he said.

“I have heard it all before and most of it is just not true.

“Even if the Tweed had little more than a three-month season (like many Russian, Norwegian and Icelandic rivers) from say mid-August to November, we would still have broken all records.”

Mr Douglas-Home said that the sea trout and salmon runs had been aided by the weather. Click

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