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Weekly updates, giving advice on where in Scotland to book a rod, taking weather and water conditions into account.




We have now moved into November and the long balmy evenings of summer are nothing but a distant memo…

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We have now moved into the middle of October and the 2018 Scottish salmon fishing season is slowly d…

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We have now moved into the last week of September and the signs of autumn are beginning to appear al…

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We have now moved into September and this can potentially be a very productive month on many Scottis…

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The weather was much cooler last week across Scotland which was welcomed by anglers after the recent…

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We moved into August last week and finally some angler’s prayers were answered. After a prolonged dr…

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The current dry spell of weather continued across much of Scotland last week and many rivers around …

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The heatwave continued across much of Scotland last week. This coupled with bright sunshine, brassy …

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We have now moved into July which should be a prime month for grilse and summer salmon on many Scott…

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Last week saw the annual summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. This marks the longest day of t…

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We are now heading fast towards the longest day of the year, and into the height of the Scottish sum…

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We moved into June last week, and now look to see what the summer months have in store. The past few…

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We are now into June which traditionally heralds the end of the spring salmon fishing season in Scot…

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We are now nearing the end of May and June is almost upon us. It has been a difficult spring with ca…

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It truly felt like spring across much of Scotland last week. Many people around the country enjoyed …

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We are now in mid-May and traditionally this a prime time for spring salmon fishing in Scotland. Usu…

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We moved into May last week, which is traditionally a prime spring month on many of Scotland’s salmo…

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We will be moving into May this week, which can be a prime spring month on many Scottish rivers. Bef…

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We are now moving towards the end of April, and more spring salmon are entering our Scottish rivers …

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We are now moving into the middle of April and this is traditionally the prime time on many Scottish…

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It was another week of bitterly cold weather across Scotland, with biting northeasterly winds, frequ…

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We have now moved into April and Easter has now come and almost gone. It always seems to be a date o…

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Easter weekend is just around the corner, and for many it will be the first opportunity to pick up a…

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We have now moved into mid-March, and every day there should be more fresh fish entering our rivers.…

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The remnants of the "Beast from the east" was tamed somewhat last week, as slightly milder temperatu…

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We have now moved into March and entered the meteorological spring. So, you would think with the day…

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We will be moving into March next week, which heralds the start of the meteorological spring. Howeve…

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Probably the best way to describe the Scottish weather last week was “bitter”. There were frequent s…

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We have now moved into February, and the Scottish salmon fishing season is well underway. Almost all…

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We have now moved into February, and with several famous rivers opening their banks to anglers over …

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We are now coming towards the end of January, and next week more rivers across the country open thei…

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The first UK salmon of the 2018 season was caught in Scottish waters last week, but there is some de…

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The 2018 Scottish salmon fishing season finally got underway last Thursday in the Highlands. Rivers …

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We are now entering the final two weeks of the Scottish salmon fishing season, and as always at this…

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Salmon anglers across Scotland endured another frustrating week, last week as the unsettled weather …

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Three of Scotland’s “big four” salmon rivers have now closed for the 2017 season. The River Spey clo…

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We are now moving towards the middle of October, and several rivers across Scotland have already clo…

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We have now moved into October and are in the twilight of the 2017 Scottish salmon fishing season. O…

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We are now moving towards the end of September and the Scottish salmon fishing season is drawing tow…

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We are now in the middle of September, and some Scottish rivers are nearing the end of their season.…

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We are now moving towards the middle of September and what should be a prime time of year on many Sc…

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We have now moved into September and this can potentially be a very productive month on many Scottis…

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We are now into the final few days of August and soon the summer salmon fishing season in Scotland w…

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Looking around us, the landscape is now changing. The leaves are gradually turning from a bright, vi…

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The weather across Scotland was cool and quite wet in places last week for early August and this mad…

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We moved into August last week which can be a prime summer month on many of Scotland’s rivers. It is…

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We move into August next week and it feels like the summer salmon fishing season is flying by us. Ma…

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The penultimate week of July started on a very hot and sunny note. On Monday and Tuesday temperature…

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It was dry across much of Scotland last week apart from on Tuesday and Saturday. On Tuesday heavy ra…

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We moved into July last week, which is traditionally the height of the Scottish summer. Many of us w…

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We had a rather soggy end to June across Scotland last week and now we look forward to what July has…

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It was hot, hot, hot across the UK last week, as the weather made the headlines. Wednesday was not o…

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What a difference some water makes! During the first week of June, two low-pressure systems brought …

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June is now upon us and it is a month, which marks the beginning of the summer salmon fishing season…

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Temperatures soared towards the end of last week across Scotland as we all got a taste of summer. In…

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The weather forecast promised a lot last week, but in the end, delivered very little. Many anglers h…

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We are now into mid-May and summer appears to be just around the corner. The spring salmon season in…

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It was a case of the west being best last week with respect to the Scottish weather. Indeed, some pa…

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Next week we move into May, which is traditionally a prime spring month on many Scottish rivers. Bef…

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We have now moved into the last week of April and this is traditionally a time when spring salmon fi…

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We are now moving into the prime spring time on many Scottish rivers. From mid-April through to the …

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The first week of April saw much more settled weather predominate across Scotland compared to recent…

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We have now moved into April and Easter is just around the corner. It always seems to be a date in t…

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Last week was a tale of two halves weather wise. The week started off on a cold, windy note with fre…

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There have been several big fish caught from Scottish rivers over the past few days, which has been …

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We have now moved into March and entered the meteorological spring. The days are getting noticeably …

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Storm Doris battered much of Scotland towards the end of last week. On Thursday there was heavy snow…

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The weather last week started off on a chilly note but as we moved towards the weekend conditions tu…

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There were decent numbers of fish caught across Scotland last week for mid-February and it would be …

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With rivers like the Dee, Teith and Tweed all opening for business last week, there were a few mo…

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With January now drawing to a close, several famous rivers will open their banks to anglers in the u…

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The first Scottish salmon of the 2017 season was caught last week. Indeed, as the week progressed, s…

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The eagerly anticipated 2017 Scottish salmon fishing season finally got underway last week. A number…

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Many anglers are looking forward to the start of the 2017 Scottish salmon fishing season with much a…

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With only a handful of rivers open across Scotland, there was a real end of season feel to proceedin…

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There was a distinct autumnal flavour to the weather last week across Scotland, as we seemed to have…

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At the beginning of last week, a number of rivers across Scotland closed for the season. Now, there …

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We are now moving towards the end of October and many rivers across Scotland have closed for another…

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A large blocking area of high pressure over Scandinavia kept any threatening Atlantic weather fronts…

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We have now moved into October and are in the twilight of the 2016 Scottish salmon fishing season. O…

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We are now officially into autumn, as on Thursday we passed the autumn equinox. This is when the day…

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It was a return to summer last week as temperatures soared across the UK. Some parts of England expe…

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The weather last week followed a story of two halves. The week started relatively dry and settled an…

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Last week saw mainly dry conditions prevail across much of Scotland. There was some rain during the …

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We move into September next week, which traditionally heralds the start of the autumn salmon fishing…

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We finally got a taste of summer through the early part of last week. High pressure dominated our we…

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The best way to sum up the weather in Scotland last week was “unsettled”. On some days it felt disti…

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The Azores high, which normally brings us dry and settled weather at this time of year, has remained…

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We move into August next week and early indications appear to show that many Scottish rivers have en…

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It was an electrifying start across many parts of Scotland last week and this was not a description …

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So far this year, we have experienced little in the way of summer weather. It has been more a case o…

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The changeable weather we have had of late continued last week as many parts of Scotland experienced…

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We moved into July last week, which is traditionally the prime grilse month on many Scottish rivers.…

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A large but relatively weak area of low pressure dominated our weather for much of last week. Some r…

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What a difference a week makes when it comes to the Scottish weather. During the first week of June,…

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The weather was scorching across much of Scotland for the first half of last week. Cloudless blue sk…

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We are now into June, which traditionally heralds the end of the spring salmon fishing season. This …

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It was a changeable week across Scotland as low pressure dominated our weather. From midweek onwards…

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Shorts and T- shirt were the order of the day for much of last week, as Scotland basked in temperatu…

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The weather has certainly warmed up over the past few days across Scotland, after last week's wintry…

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The Scottish weather showed its harsher side last week, with bitterly cold northerly winds, rain and…

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River levels across Scotland dropped away last week, as there was very little rain. Indeed, many riv…

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For much of last week, chilly easterly winds and light rain dominated our weather. On Friday, a cold…

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April showers summed up the weather perfectly across much of Scotland last week. It has been quite u…

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The weather last week was changeable, to say the least and the term “April showers” certainly seemed…

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The bank holiday Easter weekend seems to be a date in the calendar which is often synonymous with th…

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A large area of high pressure influenced much of Scotland’s weather last week. This brought dry and …

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Last week started off on a cold note with mostly dry settled conditions across much of the country. …

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We are now into the first week of spring, in a meteorological sense anyway, if nothing else. Unfortu…

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Thankfully, most of us have been blessed with a prolonged spell of dry and settled weather over the …

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We are now into the final full week of February and the dark days of winter will soon be a distant m…

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For once England seemed to bare the brunt of the bad weather last week. With the jet stream migratin…

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For so long now, the weather has been stuck in what feels like a relentless rut of wind and rain and…

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Tomorrow sees us move into February and one by one Scotland’s rivers are opening their banks to angl…

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We are now approaching the end of January. In the next few weeks, there will be many more rivers acr…

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The 2016 Scottish salmon fishing season finally got underway last week. The Thurso and Helmsdale sta…

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Our weekly “Top rod” feature resumes again this week as we are now on the eve of the 2016 Scottish s…

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November 2015 has seen some of the mildest weather on record across many parts of Scotland. There ha…

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Well, we have had it all last week. Wind, heavy rain, snow and even storm Abigail battered Scotland.…

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The weather this autumn has been relatively tame, with light winds, foggy mornings and little rain. …

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We are now into the first week of November and most of the rivers around Scotland have closed for an…

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Last week saw a distinct change in the weather across Scotland. Monday and Tuesday remained dry and …

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Last week saw the dry settled spell of weather continue; with high pressure exerting it’s influence …

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We all experienced a distinct change in the weather at the beginning of last week. The days of brigh…

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Last week most of Scotland basked in glorious sunshine and cloudless skies. The weather for late Sep…

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Last week saw us move through the autumn equinox, a sure sign that the seasons are changing. The nig…

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For a change, it was Scotland that experienced most of the settled weather across the British Isles …

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We are now well into September and the autumn salmon fishing season is in full swing. The leaves on …

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Last week saw us move into September, which signified the beginning of the autumn salmon fishing sea…

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The 2015 summer season is all but over as we move into September next week. It has been a productive…

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Regular readers of “Top rod” will be aware that the feature is normally updated on a Sunday. This we…

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It was a mixed bag of weather last week across much of Scotland. Monday saw heavy showers and some l…

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The first week of August saw many parts of Scotland experience similar weather conditions to much of…

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The last week of July saw more unsettled weather affect many parts of Scotland. It felt unseasonably…

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Firstly we would like to apologise for being late in updating the “Top rod” feature on the website t…

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Flash flooding, gale force winds and heavy rain dominated the weather headlines across Scotland last…

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Well, what a difference a week makes. Last week we were in the grips of a heat wave across Scotland …

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In the past, Wimbledon fortnight coincided with the main runs of summer salmon and grilse entering m…

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Last week saw mainly dry conditions predominate across Scotland. On both Tuesday and Thursday night,…

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Today is the summer solstice signifying the longest day of the year but the first two weeks in June …

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Scotland basked in glorious warm sunshine for much of last week. The weather was dry with brassy blu…

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Well if last week was the first week of summer, nobody told the weather. It felt more like March tha…

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The last week of the spring season has now come and gone and tomorrow sees the start of the meteorol…

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We are now into the last week of May and many rivers have enjoyed decent catches over the past few w…

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The weather was quite changeable last week. Monday and Tuesday saw showers or longer spells of rain …

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The weather last week was much more unsettled compared to previous weeks. Low pressure systems spira…

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What a difference a week makes when it comes to the Scottish weather. This time last week we were en…

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The settled weather across Scotland continued for most of last week as high pressure dominated. It w…

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The weather has been glorious across many parts of Scotland over the past few days. There was some r…

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Most of last week saw Scotland basking in some beautiful weather. It was dry and sunny for many, wit…

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The weather for most of last week was dominated by gale force winds and showers. These showers were …

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Catches across Scotland last week were down on the previous week. For late March however, they were …

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Some of us were lucky enough to witness the solar eclipse last week and salmon catches over Scotland…

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We are now into mid-March and there have been definite signs of improving catches across Scotland. L…

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The first week of March has brought us all four seasons of weather in seven days. At the start of th…

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The weather has been quite unsettled over the past week, with a return to wintry conditions for many…

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