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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 05-29-2012, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Scotland weather and river information

In preparation for a trip to fish the River Dee at Dess and Tweed at Bemersyde in the third week of September, I'm trying to get some information on weather and river conditions so I know what to expect and can gear up appropriately. Fishpal has some of the information but there is no historical data, it only goes back to the beginning of the calendar year.

I've been looking at the Met Office for information on air temperature and precipitation but I'm not sure which station is most relevant for the two rivers. Can someone provide some insight?

What about historical water temperatures and levels, is that available anywhere?
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Thanks but those just redirect to the fishpal site which is lacking in the historical data I seek.
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Hi JetB,
Have a llook at this site, put in the details of the nearest town and dates and which time of year and you should get the data you are looking for.

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The weather can be very variable here in Scotland. At that time of the year the temperature can be anything between 5 and 25C and river levels will depend on the rainfall. A long dry period can see the rivers low and clear, while following heavy rainfall they can be over the banks and running heavilly coloured. I would take a selection of lines and a wide range of fly sizes/weights to cover all eventualities.
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Maybe a back issue of Trout & Salmon....?

Needless to say annual variances can be large, but maybe a back issue of Trout & Salmon for September? In the back of the magazine they have river conditions and news written by a few dedicated locls.

I am lucky enough to fish the River Nith as a guest, for a few days each year, and I have met the gentleman who sends in the river information for the Nith, and it is always spot on...

Hope this helps and good luck!

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warm and wet I hope

WHY i will be on the Cambrian Derwent the same weeks !
I have just got rid of 10 years TROUT & SALMON mags.
You can get back dates so order some October issues afew years apart,just to get a feeling for trends.
I would go for the big fly big fish mind set, 14 ft rod ,wt 9 or 10 floater and intermediate with some fast sink tips.No need for full sunk lines, air temps should not be to cold .
Ask locals about fly patterns , I would not feel dressed without a cascade or two, gold bodied Willy Gunn tube and some of your own favs but with plenty of black,red and orange in them. Do not fish too light 20lb leaders just in case!!
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For the Dee your main station will be Braemar which is on the upper Dee at the junction with the Clunie Burn; the other tributaries can & will affect levels, particularly in the event of localised Summer thunderstorms etc, but the levels on the upper part of the main river will normally be the dominant influence & Braemar will give you a good insight into this.

For the Tweed where you will be you need to consider both the Upper Tweed & the Ettrick - the latter is a significant tributary & a salmon river in it's own right &, if there is heavy localised rain this can not only raise the river levels but bring a lot of colour into the river as it flows through farmland & can carry a lot of soil in suspension turning the river brown. The peebles station on the upper tweed will be of use, but also look at Moffat as the head waters of both the main Upper Tweed & the Ettrick originate fairly close to here so this should give you early warning of what is coming down the system.

The UK is subject to very "changeable" weather [ie it can rain a lot, but there are no guarantees] - a product of being a small island affected by the gulf stream & with much of our summer weather coming from the South West where it has a few thousand miles of Atlantic Ocean to acquire a drop or two of moisture - still it keeps things interesting. [I have had snow, sun, rain & sleet all in the course of 2 hours when fishing the Thurso - in July {mid-summer}]!!!

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