Upper Mertoun is one of the most popular beats on the Association's water probably due to its proximity to the road. The cauld and bridge being instantly recognisable as good areas for angling. The rest of the beat has some terrific water too, with the Back Braes and the Kipper always worth a look. In the spring the beat sees prolific hatches of March Browns and Spring Olives. Below is a picture of the Long Stream which often sees good rises.
May and June sees good numbers of Yellow May Duns and some large trout often fall to well presented imitations at these times. There are several good grayling streams on Upper Mertoun and during the last two winters several grayling have been tagged here, remember if you catch one to report it to the Trout and Grayling Initiative's Biologist Kenny Galt. email@example.com.
To fish any of the Mertoun beats requires an extra day ticket at the cost of 30p, this helps us control the number of rods on the beat. The day tickets can be bought at The Border's Gun Room, St Boswells.
As the river runs away from the village and through Mertoun estates it has some good pools such as The Pot and The Webbs which hold good numbers of both trout and grayling. Middle Mertoun can be accessed from either the estate side or from Upper Mertoun. The estate side has a car park but it is important that anglers observe the rules that cars cannot enter the estate before 7.30am or leave an hour after dark so as to avoid disturbing the residents.
Our bottom beat and one which can often produce some good sport. It has an interesting mix of glides, riffle and pools.