Tweed catches so far? Too early to say

The Dee in Aberdeenshire may be reporting lower catches of salmon this spring, but Tweed representatives say it is too soon to call.

Fisheries managers on the salmon river further north are putting the lower numbers down to the mild winter, according to the BBC.

Official figures will be calculated at the end of the May and the problem is affecting other rivers, says the broadcaster.

But the River Tweed Commission’s clerk, Nick Yonge, said: “It’s too early to make an objective assessment of the year on Tweed so far.

“My understanding is that results across Scotland have been patchy, perhaps understandably, because there has been very little water in the north, with some places having had rather good results.”

The Dee Salmon Fishery Board’s Mark Bilsby is reported as saying he hoped the poor start to the season would improve.

He told us: “What we are hoping is that as more fish start to come back we will see the fishery start to pick up.

“The fishery is in good health, we are just seeing a disappointing start to the season so far.”

Last year, the salmon catch on the Tweed was 20,316 with 14,794 caught by rod (compared to 13,185 by rod in 2012).

The angling industry is worth an estimated £50million a year to the local economies on both sides of the border.