Early days

Mick McDaid was born in a small village in the Scottish Borders called Lauder. Although from an early age fishing was in his blood he only took up the sport seriously in 1960 when he started fishing for trout in the surrounding rivers using worms and grubs for bait.

Mick quickly progressed to fly fishing, fishing his local river the Leader, however the lure of the famous River Tweed which winds its way through the borders was too hard to resist. The skill was evident and in 1962 he caught his first salmon. Mick was well and truly hooked!.


Mick has fished most of the rivers in Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands but it is the mighty River Tweed, only 10 minutes drive from his house in Lauder, on which he does most of his fishing.

The River Tweed at 96 miles is the fourth longest river in Scotland. It rises at Tweed's Well 6 miles North of the small borders town on Moffat and flows north then east through the Scottish borders passing the famous textile town of Galashiels. The Tweed was a major power souce for a lot of the Borders textile industry during the 19th & 20th centuries. Sir Walter Scott residence at Abbotsford sits on the bank of the River Tweed just to the southeast of Galashiels and provides a stunning backdrop for local artists and photographers. For a distance the Tweed marks the boundary between Scotland & England before flowing into the North Sea at Berwick-upon-Tweed.

Mick became a qualified casting instructor about 12 years ago and is now a full time instructor / river guide on the River Tweed.


Your host Mick McDaid
17lb Salmon caught on the Ash Tree Pool Park, River Dee