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River Fishing in the Scottish Borders: A Paradise for Anglers

The Scottish Borders are a haven for anglers, offering some of the best river fishing opportunities in Scotland and the UK. The Ettrick and Yarrow Valleys, nestled in this breathtaking region, boast an array of fishing delights that cater to anglers of all ages and skill levels. With Tweed tributaries - the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers - converging at the Meetings Pool, just one and a half miles upstream from the charming town of Selkirk, the region provides an enchanting backdrop for a memorable angling experience.


Fishing in the Scottish Borders


The Ettrick Water, stretching over 12 miles, is a fly fisher's paradise, boasting mainly double bank fishing with 80 named pools. The easily accessible banks offer anglers the perfect vantage point to cast their flies. The entire river presents excellent opportunities for fly fishing, providing anglers with a chance to connect with nature while trying to land their prized catch.


The Yarrow Water, originating from the serene St Mary's Loch, provides both single and double bank fishing options, featuring 21 named pools. With a constant depth of water, the Yarrow is ideally suited for fly fishing enthusiasts. The gentle flow and peaceful ambiance create the perfect setting for anglers to unwind and enjoy their time on the water.


River fishing for wild brown trout is available on both the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers from April to September, promising plenty of action for trout anglers. For those seeking a different angling experience, salmon fishing on the Ettrick is open from February to November, while the elusive rainbow trout can be found in the picturesque Lindean Reservoir from April to October.


The River Tweed, with its famous salmon fishing reputation, is one of the highlights of the Scottish Borders and a must for any fishing enthusiast. Renowned as the spiritual home of salmon fishing in Scotland, the Tweed's rod fishery boasts the UK's longest open season, running from 1st February to 30th November. This extended season allows anglers to fish for salmon in most seasons, with springer salmon arriving early in the season.


Beyond salmon, the Tweed offers a diverse array of game fish, including sea-trout, brown trout, and grayling, making it a year-round paradise for any angler. For the convenience of Tweed fishermen, Tweedbeats stands as the only online platform tailored to meet their specific needs, providing valuable information for a rewarding fishing experience.


Do You Need a License to Fish in Rivers in Scotland?

You don't need a licence to fish with rod and line anywhere in Scotland apart, from in the Border Esk region. You only need permission from the landowner or an angling club. As river fishing regulations vary across the region, permits and information on fishing spots can be obtained from various governing groups. Those seeking specific details about the Ettrick and Yarrow rivers can explore resources provided by Selkirk and District Angling Association or Fishpal, which offers comprehensive information about the Middle Ettrick.


Book a stay at Bowden House B&B


For anglers seeking comfort and convenience, Bowden House B&B provides a perfect base for fishing in the Scottish Borders. With its proximity to the River Tweed and its tributaries, we are ideally located for a memorable fishing retreat. We welcome anglers with a hearty breakfast, packed lunches and storage facilities ensuring a perfect Scottish Borders fishing trip. Book your stay now.


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