The River Tweed
I will begin with this large and beautiful salmon river, which runs
rapidly along the borders of England and Scotland, taking a course from
West to East. It flows majestically through a highly picturesque and
cultivated country, washing many good towns on its way to the sea,
where it discharges its valuable waters at Berwick.
The town of Kelso is the best station, as there is good fishing above
t. There is a magnificent spot for a month or more of salmon
fishing at a place called "The Throughs," three miles above the
town,--it is a real picture of a place to the eyes of the fisher. Higher
up is St. Boswell's, and a little higher, Melrose--both charming places.
There is good angling in the Tiviot, at Kelso, in the spring; it runs
into the Tweed on the opposite side. The trout are numerous in it. There
are several capital stations below the town, where the fish take the fly
most freely, which is not the case in most of the rivers of the same
magnitude. The fifteen painted salmon flies will be found excellent
killers in this noble river, and the six large spring flies.
I have killed Grilse, Sea-Trout, and River-Trout with the Winged Larva
at the "Throughs" in August. Easterly winds were prevailing at the time,
and the fish would not stir at any other sort of fly. When the river
runs very low small flies are best.