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BURNFOOT, below Longtown, continues to be the Border Esk’s most productive beat. Up to October 18, it had produced 206 salmon and 110 sea-trout. Late September and October saw consistent sport, which included a number of clean fish.

Among the catches was first-time visitor Alex Cheregi from London, who caught two salmon and a wild brown trout. Lee Harrott, Vic Wilson and David Cairns caught fish at the Mound and Wilkies, two of them fresh-run. Alan Nicholl caught a grilse in Wilkies.

Early October saw fluctuating river levels. Alan Pellow caught a brace of salmon and John Coates landed one. Bob Colwell caught a nice salmon in Wilkies, while Mike Mark landed a double at the Mound. Eaneas Robson caught a ten-pounder at the Mound, and Don Jones landed an eight-pounder on fly in Wilkies. Ken Dyson also caught a double in Wilkies. Malcolm Johnson landed a double-figure salmon, while Rob Glover had a twelve-pounder. Angus Chisholm also caught a double-figure salmon. Mike Mark had an 8lb salmon in Wilkies. Ian Murchison caught two salmon, but Richie Murchison had a great day, catching five salmon ranging from 6lb-10lb. Dave Brampton also landed a salmon on fly.

On the Buccleuch Estates beats, sport slowed. Fishing Willow Pool, Colin Hudson caught a 14lb salmon spinning, followed by a 12lb salmon on fly. Nigel Graham also caught a 12lb salmon on spinner.

Fishing the Cauldron beat, John Isaacs caught a 5lb grilse and a 2lb grilse on the worm. On the same beat, D Hoare caught a 15lb salmon on spinner, and Alan Herd had a 13-pounder on worm.

Fishing Lower Irvine House, Cyril Gaskell caught a 14lb salmon spinning, and John Murray landed one of 7lb, also spinning.

Upriver on Mid Irvine House, Alan Coulthard caught an 8lb salmon on spinner, and Nick Wilcox landed one of the same size on fly. Pride of place went to Nigel Graham, landing a superb 22lb salmon, which took his own pattern, the Unicorn.

The Border Esk and Liddle Angling Club members found the river up and down. After the last report, the river had a significant flood. George Potts was out at Langholm, hooking four salmon but only landing one, a nice ten-pounder. Down at Canonbie, club members and visiting rods were catching late-season sea-trout, with some good ones around 4lb.

Martin Coulthard fished in late September, catching an excellent silver 12lb salmon. Later, he hooked a very large salmon that took him down to the bottom of Burn Stream before the hook pulled out. Ian Bell landed a nice 15lb salmon,