Advice & Rules  
  What to bring  

A double handed salmon rod of 12' – 15’

A Switch Rod can be effective in low water

A range of different density sinking lines, or multi-tip fly line.

Suitable leader material 15-25lb breaking strain.

A range of tube flies in the 1”-2” sizes. (aluminium and copper)

Flies in smaller sizes for low water conditions.

Chest Waders, Wading Jacket and good multi-layering clothing.

A life jacket, wading stick, eye protection and a hat/cap are essential.

  Where to stay  


The Caddon View, Innerleithen. t: 01896 830 208

Clovenfords Hotel, Clovenfords. t: 01896 850 203

Clovenfords Hotel

The Traquair Arms, Innerleithen. t: 01896 830229

Bed & Breakfast

Glede Knowe Guest House, Innerleithen. t: 01896 831 511

Glede Knowe Guest House

Self Catering

Innerleithen Holiday Lets t: 01896 830711 or 07963930585


  Fishing Rules      

Safety: All rods fishing the Beat are required to wear a lifejacket and eye protection glasses and to use a wading staff. Failure to do so is entirely at your own risk. Fishing in remote areas and especially in cold conditions carries a higher than normal degree of risk. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are medically fit for this type of activity and that you inform us in writing if you have any condition we should be aware of in order to be able to minimise these risks and maximise your safety and enjoyment.

Fishing is from 9AM - 5PM during BST and sunset during GMT. Fishing outside of these times is at the discretion of the Ghillie.

Rods will fish the Beat in rotation organised by the Ghillie, who will hold a draw at the start of each day. Rods fishing for more than 1 day will continue in the rotation as per the draw on their first day. Changeover is at lunchtime (1pm) and the end of the day.

Spinning: Spinning is allowed when conditions dictate until the 14th September, from the 15th September onwards it is Fly only.

Hooks/Flies: Maximum hook size permitted on the Beat is size 6. We strongly recommend the use of barbless or de-barbed, double or single hooks, to ease the un-hooking of fish. Maximum breaking strain of tippet is 25lbs.

Keeping & Handling fish: From the 15th September, all hen fish must be returned. All coloured or gravid fish must be returned. All foul hooked fish are to be returned and will not be entered in the Catch Record Book. In the event of your fish failing to recover or is bleeding heavily, it is at the discretion of the Ghillie if the fish is kept or returned to the river.

It is a Beat policy to encourage a healthy return of spawning stock. Please therefore release as many fish as possible, particularly the larger fish and the hens. However, each rod may if they wish, keep up to 1 Salmon that he or she has caught provided they are under 10lbs and fresh, after which all fishing must be on a catch and release basis.

Please when returning or photographing your fish, try to keep your fish in the water at all times. All fish caught (including those released) must be entered in the Catch Record Book in the fishing hut.

General: Rods are expected to behave and fish in a sporting manner and in accordance with these Rules and the Tweed Commissioners’ recommendations and regulations which can be found here Anyone considered by the Ghillie to be behaving in an unsporting manner or who does not comply with these Rules will be asked to leave and no refunds will be given.

Access and Conduct: Vehicular access to the fishing hut is by a multi use track. Please drive slowly and be courteous to pedestrians, cyclists and other users, particularly when accessing the parking area beside the Gooselandale Pool.

Please observe the Country Code and ensure all gates are closed after use.
Please be polite to other users of the river. It should be expected that they are polite in return, in the event of this not being the case, please inform the Ghillie.

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