Fishing Conditions & Contacts 2022

River Thurso, Caithness

THE FISHINGS

There are twelve beats, with two rods on each, (weeks 11 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 (Geordie Doull) 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 18th of June any fish incapable of being safely returned (ie bleeders) must be handed to either  (Geordie Doull) or any other Ghillie on the day the fish is removed from the River. From 20nd 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 Geordie Doull or Hugo Ross.

  • Ghillies – Ghillie hire is available at an additional cost of £80 a day and can be booked through our fishing coordinator. Booking in advance is advised as there are a limited number of ghillies available.
  • Accommodation – we recommend anglers stay at the Ulbster Arms Hotel, Bridge Street, Halkirk, Caithness, KW12 6XY, phone 01847 831641, email: fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk for further details.
  • Contacts : Geordie Doull (Fishery Manager),
  • phone: 07734601562, email : geordie@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
  • Jess Dreaves : (Fishing Coordinator) 
  • Phone: 01847 831641, email : fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk 
  • Ulbster Arms Hotel, Bridge Street, Halkirk, Caithness, KW12 6XY,

    web: www.ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk

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

FISHING RENTS – 2022 SEASON

Rent/Rod/Week (incl VAT) Please note this excludes the cost of a ghillie and Ulbster Arms Hotel charges.

WeekNo Date Price (inc VAT)
1 11 Jan to 15 Jan POA
2 17 Jan to 22 Jan POA
3 24 Jan to 29 Jan POA
4 31 Jan to 5 Feb POA
5 7 Feb to 12 Feb POA
6 14 Feb to 19 Feb POA
7 21 Feb to 26 Feb POA
8 28 Feb to5 Mar POA
9 7 Mar to 12 Mar POA
10 14 Mar to 19 Mar POA
11 21 Mar to 26 Mar £300
12 28 Mar to 2 Apr £300
13 4 Apr to 9 Apr £350
14 11 Apr to 16 Apr £500
15 18 Apr to 23 Apr £550
16 25 Apr to 30 Apr £750
17 2 May to 7 May £900
18 9 May to 14 May £950
19 16 May to 21 May £1,050
20 23 May to 28 May £1,200
21 30 May to 4 Jun £1,200
22 6 Jun to 11 Jun £1,200
23 13 Jun to 18 Jun £1,200
24 20 Jun to 25 Jun £1,200
25 27 Jun to 2 Jul £1,200
26 4 Jul to 9 Jul £1,285
27 11 Jul to 16 Jul £1,350
28 18 Jul to 23 Jul £1,350
29 25 Jul to 30 Jul £1,350
30 1 Aug to 6 Aug £1,350
31 8 Aug to 13 Aug £1,350
32 15 Aug to 20 Aug £1,350
33 22 Aug to 27 Aug £1,350
34 39 Aug to 3 Sep £1,350
35 5 Sep to 10 Sep £1,200
36 12 Sep to 17 Sep £1,200
37 19 Sep to 24 Sep £1,150
38 26 Sep to 1 Oct £1,000
39 3 Oct to 5 Oct £475
Geordie Doull (Fishery Manager)
Email: geordie@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 07734601562
Ulbster Arms Hotel
Email: fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 01847 831641