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The Boathouse & Fishing - Bottom Tweed
The Boathouse Fishings comprise Gliddeyhaugh and Canny beats extending for approximately 1,000 yards from the Richie Burn above The Boathouse to just above Norham Bridge on the right (English) bank. Fishing is for three rods (two on Saturdays) and includes a ghillie and boat along with a hut. Like most Bottom Tweed beats, the beat excels in low water conditions when its proximity to tidal waters results in large quantities of fish coming in off the tide and resting in the beat until water levels rise.
The beat has a selection of pools from 6 to 25 feet, ranging from deep, slow channels and dubs to some faster moving glides. There is a long 'glide' in front of The Boathouse which is particularly good for spring salmon and is a popular summer sea trout lie. The lower part of the beat is easily fished from the bank or by wading. The upper part is fishable only from the boat.
The ghillie, Steve Herdman, has been on Tweed for 25 years and is renowned for his expertise, good humour and patience making him an ideal tutor for young or novice anglers. The Boathouse is a good place to learn to fish offering excellent value fishing and gradual, shelving banks without many obstructions to catch the beginner's fly. The 'beach' area in front of the house provides a safe spot to introduce children to the joys of fishing.
Having your own beat on the doorstep has many advantages. Besides being able to check the river height without getting out of bed, it suits those who like to share rods or fish when they want to, or perhaps strolling down to the river to enjoy some trout or sea trout fishing before dinner. For those not fishing, much of the action can be viewed from the house which has superb 180° views of the river. For more experienced anglers looking for a bit of variety during their week, there are several prestigious Lower Tweed beats just up the road.
Milne Graden Estate Properties & Fishing - Bottom Tweed
The Milne Graden Fishings are approximately two miles downstream of Coldstream and extend to about 1.4 miles of left bank fishing with seven named pools. There is fishing for two rods until the first week of September after which three rods may fish. Fishing is from the bank, wading or from one of three boats. Until the first week of September a ghillie is provided only by prior arrangement. After 31st August two ghillies are provided and are included in the price. The beat has an extremely attractive shiel which features in Jo Orchard-Lisle's book about unusual fishing huts.
Milne Graden benefits from its proximity to the tidal waters resulting in a reasonable run of spring fish in addition to the main late summer and autumn runs. The beat fishes particularly well in lower water conditions. It is primarily a salmon beat but has good runs of grilse and sea trout through the summer months. Over the years Milne Graden has also developed a reputation as an excellent sea trout fishery. Repairs to the cauld have re-established a superb sea trout lie where consistently excellent sport is had through the summer months.
The Milne Graden Estate Holiday properties comprise Park End, North Lodge, West Lodge, Swan's Nest, Tweedside, Garden House, School House and Hamilton House all of which either overlook the beat or, in the case of Park End, North Lodge and West Lodge, are within easy walking distance.
Ellemford Estate & Fishing - River Whiteadder
The Whiteadder, runs through the heart of Ellemford's meadows and wooded valleys at the foot of the Lammermuir hills. The river here is similar in size and description to Bluestone and is easily fished from the bank. Due to its distance from the sea, salmon do not usually arrive in the upper reaches of the Whiteadder until September. Given the right conditions, the beat offers excellent sport in the back end.
Granary, Smiddy, Stables, Byre & Fishing - Middle Tweed
The Middle Pavillion beat provides excellent salmon fishing on the River Tweed. There are eight named pools and a boat and the beat has picturesque views of the Eildons and the beautiful surrounding countryside. The riverbanks are regularly maintained to ensure ease of access and casting.
The estate boatman Mick Charlton, an experienced fulltime ghillie, is on hand to guide fishermen to the catches and give assistance wherever possible. Seven pools can be fished off the bank or by easy wading along gravel, whilst the other being deep is fished by the boat.
The cottages at Gattonside Farm - Granary, Smiddy, Byre and Stables - are modern barn conversions set on seven hundred acres of unspoilt estate land, and have been designed to take advantage of the fantastic views over rolling Borders countryside.