Fishing Conditions & Contacts 2019

River Thurso, Caithness

THE FISHINGS

There are twelve beats, with two rods on each, in Spring (weeks 11 to 23) rods have an opportunity of fishing all beats for a weeks fishing. In the summer (weeks 23 to 39) each pair of rods move downstream by two beats each day, allowing both Upper and Lower water to be fished in one week. The beats provide a wonderful variety of fishing and whilst much of the river has a fine running character, some beats, particularly lower 3, as well as sections of 6, 7 and 12 are long and deep. These pools are invaluable for the conservation of fish stocks in hot, dry weather conditions and with a good wind to ruffle the water, they can be very productive. The beats vary in length from just under one mile to three and a quarter miles, each having a variety of pools. (see River Overview for detailed beat and pool descriptions.)

  • Fishing is by fair fly only, with a maximum of 2 rods per beat and fishing with bait, prawn, worm, spinner, spoon or any other lure is expressly forbidden. Fishing is from both banks and breast waders are not necessary.

  • It is a prerequisite of fishing on the River Thurso that anglers sign and deliver GYRODACTYLUS SALARIS DECLARATION FORMS to the Fishery Manager (Tim Hawes) upon arrival on their first day at the River and before they commence fishing. Anglers who have not signed and delivered the Declaration will not be permitted to fish.

  • Salmon Conservation – anglers are reminded that under the Salmon Conservation (Scotland) Act 2001, it is illegal to sell salmon and sea trout caught by rod and line. In accordance with the Scottish Government’s statutory catch and release regulations, all salmon caught prior to 1st April must be returned to the River. From 1st April until 17th of June any fish incapable of being safely returned (ie bleeders) must be handed to either the Fishery Manager (Tim Hawes) or the Senior Ghillie (Geordie Doull) on the day the fish is removed from the River. From 18th June until 5th October, anglers fishing for a week may retain up to two fish, provided they do not exceed 8lbs in weight or 70cm in length. Treble hooks are not to be used at any time during the season and from 1st September until the end of the season (5th October) all hooks must be barbless.

  • Trout fishing can be arranged through either Tim Hawes or Hugo Ross.

  • Ghillies – from week 11 until 23 the services of a shared ghillie is provided within the Fishing Rents. From week 24 until week 39 if a ghillie is required, there is a charge of £80/day and this can be organised through Tim Hawes.

  • Accommodation - a discounted fishing and hotel package is available for guests who stay at the Ulbster Arms Hotel during their fishing holiday. The package consists of 7 nights hotel bed and breakfast, 5 nights restaurant dinner, 6 days packed lunch and 6 days salmon fishing. For further details on package rates, please contact the Ulbster Arms Hotel.

  • Contacts Tim Hawes (Fishery Manager),
    phone: 07734601562
    e: tim@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk

    Ulbster Arms Hotel, Bridge Street, Halkirk, Caithness, KW12 6XY,
    phone: 01847 831641,
    e:fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
    web: www.ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk

    Hugo Ross Fishing Tackle, Wick,
    phone: 01955 604200,
    web: www.hugoross.co.uk

FISHING RENTS – 2019 SEASON

Rent/Rod/Week (incl VAT), from weeks 11 to 23 a shared ghillie is included within the fishing charge, weeks 24 to 39 excludes a ghillie charge. All prices below exclude Ulbster Arms Hotel charges. Week

WeekNo Date Price (inc VAT)
1 11 Jan to 12 Jan POA
2 14 Jan to 19 Jan POA
3 21 Jan to 26 Jan POA
4 28 Jan to 2 Feb POA
5 4 Feb to 9 Feb POA
6 11 Feb to 16 Feb POA
7 18 Feb to 23 Feb POA
8 25 Feb to 2 Mar POA
9 4 Mar to 9 Mar POA
10 11 Mar to 16 Mar POA
11 18 Mar to 23 Mar £360
12 25 Mar to 30 Mar £390
13 1 Apr to 6 Apr £560
14 8 Apr to 13 Apr £750
15 15 Apr to 20 Apr £875
16 22 Apr to 27 Apr £1,050
17 29 Apr to 4 May £1,220
18 6 May to 11 May £1,485
19 13 May to 18 May £1,565
20 20 May to 25 May £1,640
21 27 May to 1 Jun £1,640
22 3 Jun to 8 Jun £1,695
23 10 Jun to 15 Jun £1,695
24 17 Jun to 22 Jun £1,180
25 24 Jun to 29 June £1,180
26 1 Jul to 6 Jul £1,285
27 8 Jul to 13 Jul £1,335
28 15 Jul to 20 Jul £1,525
29 22 Jul to 27 Jul £1,525
30 29 Jul to 3 Aug £1,525
31 5 Aug to 10 Aug £1,525
32 12 Aug to 17 Aug £1,525
33 19 Aug to 24 Aug £1,400
34 26 Aug to 31 Aug £1,350
35 2 Sep to 7 Sep £1,200
36 9 Sep to 14 Sep £1,125
37 16 Sep to 21 Sep £1,075
38 23 Sep to 28 Sep £920
39 30 Sep to 5 Oct £840
Tim Hawes (Fishery Manager)
Email: tim@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 07734601562
Ulbster Arms Hotel
Email: fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 01847 831641