Fishing in the Scottish Borders

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Read about first-time experiences of salmon fishing on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders.

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  • Angler fishing for late season salmon on the River Tweed, near Dryburgh
    Angler fishing on the River Tweed, near Dryburgh
  • The view towards Melrose and the River Tweed, Scottish Borders
    Towards Melrose and the River Tweed, Scottish Borders
  • Looking over the A708 road as it skirts St Mary's Loch
    St Mary's Loch
  • Two walkers by the River Tweed, near Dawyck
    The River Tweed, near Dawyck

Pack up your fishing rod and head to the Scottish Borders to experience some world-class fishing. With one of the world’s greatest salmon rivers, lochs teeming with trout and some spectacular sea angling you will be spoiled for choice.

Salmon fishing

The River Tweed in the Scottish Borders is internationally renowned as one of the world’s best salmon rivers. The Lower Tweed from Tillmouth Park to Kelso is very productive throughout the season, especially in autumn, but head to the middle section from Lower Floors to Boleside for the best combination of great fishing and stunning scenery. Excellent salmon fishing can also be found on the the Teviot, Ettrick, Till, Blackadder and Whiteadder.

Trout fishing

The Tweed, along with its main tributaries the Teviot, Ettrick, Leader, Whiteadder all proved excellent fishing for wild brown trout. Rainbow trout fishing is also available in local lochs many of which are beautifully located and provide an excellent alternative to the river.

Coarse fishing

Across the region you will find a wide selection of lochs offering the opportunity to fish for carp, crucian, roach, rudd, tench, perch, pike, and ide. Coarse fishing is allowed in the Tweed catchment, however, certain areas of the river are forbidden to coarse anglers at specified times of the year to protect salmon and trout stocks.

Sea angling

The Berwickshire coast offers plenty of fun opportunities to try sea angling with the picturesque harbours of Eyemouth, St Abbs and Burnmouth being the most popular. Cast off at the shore or set sail with an experienced skipper to try your luck catching mackerel, cod, haddock and more in Coldingham Bay.