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Casting Lines: Fishing Hotspots in the Scottish Borders

Nestled in the picturesque landscapes of the Scottish Borders lies Melrose, a pretty town renowned for its natural beauty and vibrant fishing opportunities. With the majestic River Tweed flowing on the doorstep, Melrose has become a destination for fishing enthusiasts. Stay at Bowden House Bed & Breakfast and you can enjoy a full day fishing on the Tweed. With hearty breakfasts, packed lunches and storage facilities for your fishing equipment you can sit back, relax, and enjoy getting into nature. Whether you're an experienced angler seeking the thrill of catching a salmon or a novice looking to enjoy a serene day of trout fishing, fishing in the Scottish Borders is a fantastic day out.


1. The River Tweed - A Salmon Haven:


The River Tweed needs no introduction. Widely recognized as one of the most prolific salmon rivers in the North Atlantic, it draws anglers from across the globe. The Tweed's rod fishery boasts the UK's longest open season, extending from 1st February to 30th November. This extensive season provides anglers with ample opportunities to try their hand at catching salmon during various seasons.


The early months of the season see the arrival of "springer" salmon, while the period from September to November is renowned for the most prolific catches. If you are eager to reel in a prized salmon, the River Tweed is where you need to cast your lines and a stay with us will make it easier than ever to do so.


2. Ettrick Water - A Fly Fishing Delight:


The Ettrick Water, one of the picturesque tributaries of the River Tweed, offers anglers an exceptional fly fishing experience. Spanning over 12 miles, this river boasts an abundance of 80 named pools, making it a haven for those who prefer to wade through the waters and cast their flies. Its banks are easily accessible, allowing anglers of all ages and skill levels to enjoy the tranquillity of the sport.


Between February and November, the Ettrick Water opens its doors to salmon fishing, promising an unforgettable angling adventure.


3. Yarrow Water - The Perfect Fly Fishing Destination:


Flowing from the enchanting St Mary's Loch, the Yarrow Water offers both single and double bank fishing opportunities with 21 named pools. This river, blessed with a constant depth of water, is a paradise for fly fishing enthusiasts. Its serene ambiance and picturesque surroundings add to the allure of spending a day casting lines in its gentle currents.


4. Lindean Reservoir - Rainbow Trout Galore:


For those seeking the elusive rainbow trout, the Lindean Reservoir is a must-visit destination. Situated nearby, this reservoir opens its waters to anglers from April to October so get your bookings in now! With the promise of landing some rainbow trout, visitors can enjoy a peaceful day amid the serene beauty of the reservoir.


If you're looking for the ultimate fishing experience in the Scottish Borders, Melrose and its surrounding areas offer an abundance of opportunities to satisfy your angling desires. From the iconic River Tweed, renowned for its prized salmon, to the tranquil Ettrick and Yarrow rivers, perfect for fly fishing, there's something for every fishing enthusiast. Pack your fishing gear and get ready to cast your lines in the heart of nature's beauty by booking a stay at Bowden House Bed & Breakfast.


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