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Earlston AA


River Leader - Scotland

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Prices: £2 per day/rod
No day tickets sold on Saturdays
Season Permit £10

Earlston AA controls the bottom 5 miles of the River Leader. There are one or two private sections so please consult with the map before fishing. Saturday fishing is open to season ticket holders only and these are available for à8 in Earlston. Day tickets are available online for à3 and for à2 from outlets in the town.

Earlston Angling Association runs 5 miles of the River Leader for trout and grayling fishing. The grayling season is from 1st January to 30th September, while the trout season is from 15th March to 30th September.

The Leader is a delightful tributary of the Tweed, offering some excellent fishing in its own right. Much smaller than the main river it allows the angler to get more intimate with their quarry as it meanders through farm and woodland to Leaderfoot.
The grayling season is from 1st January and runs right through to 30th September. The grayling on the Leader run to 3lbs, with the average probably slightly over the 1lb mark. The grayling fishing can be challenging when the water is low and clear and is probably at its most prolific when the river has 1-2 foot of water on the gauge. The best time to target the 'lady of the stream' on the Leader is in the first three months of the season and in late summer when the fish are often willing to come to the dry fly. When they are not rising a team of three bugs often works best, with peeping caddis, shrimp patterns and czech nymphs the order of the day. Be prepared to keep mobile to find where the fish are holed up and willing to feed on the day.

The trout season starts on the 15th March through to 30th of September. Although the trout in the Leader are not of the same average size as the Tweed, each season fish of up to 2lbs are reported and the best speciman of recent years was a cracking fish of 4lbs 8oz. A good Leader trout is a 1/2lb fish as the majority of the stock comprises of parr - most of these fish will drop back into the Tweed to grow to maturity. However, don't be put off by this as the Leader has good trout in it and catching one is a rewarding experience. Early and late in the season is the best time to contact the better fish as the river usually has more water in it. The bigger trout are often still resident early in the season after spawning, and make a reappearance later in the season as they get ready to continue the life-cycle. Mid-season sees early morning and evening the best times to be on the water as the trout can often feed hard during these periods while they take cover during the midday summer sun. All the standard river trout pattern work well as the river enjoy's good hatches of fly - especially all the olive varients and the occasional flutter of iron blues when the time is right.

Tickets available from:
Rhymers Tower Cafe next to the new Co-op servoce station.

Andrew Foggin
Tel 01896 848183


 

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