Fishing Conditions & Contacts 2021

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 17th 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 22nd 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 – 2021 SEASON

WeekNo Date Price (inc VAT)
1 11 Jan to 16 Jan POA
2 18 Jan to 23 Jan POA
3 25 Jan to 30 Jan POA
4 1 Feb to 6 Feb POA
5 8 Feb to 13 Feb POA
6 15 Feb to 20 Feb POA
7 22 Feb to 27 Feb POA
8 1 Mar to 6 Mar POA
9 8 Mar to 13 Mar POA
10 15 Mar to 20 Mar POA
11 22 Mar to 27 Mar £300
12 29 Mar to 3 Apr £300
13 5 Apr to 10 Apr £350
14 12 Apr to 17 Apr £500
15 19 Apr to 24 Apr £550
16 26 Apr to 1 May £700
17 3 May to 8 May £800
18 10 May to 15 May £925
19 17 May to 22 May £1,000
20 24 May to 29 May £1,100
21 31 May to 5 Jun £1,100
22 7 Jun to 12 Jun £1,150
23 14 Jun to 19 Jun £1,150
24 21 Jun to 26 Jun £1,180
25 28 Jun to 3 Jul £1,180
26 5 Jul to 10 Jul £1,285
27 12 Jul to 17 Jul £1,335
28 19 Jul to 24 Jul £1,525
29 26 Jul to 31 Jul £1,525
30 2 Aug to 7 Aug £1,525
31 9 Aug to 14 Aug £1,525
32 16 Aug to 21 Aug £1,525
33 23 Aug to 28 Aug £1,400
34 30 Aug to 4 Sep £1,350
35 6 Sep to 11 Sep £1,200
36 13 Sep to 18 Sep £1,200
37 20 Sep to 25 Sep £1,150
38 27 Sep to 2 Oct £1,000
39 4 Oct to 5 Oct £300
Geordie Doull (Fishery Manager)
Email: geordie@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 07734601562
Ulbster Arms Hotel
Email: fishing@ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk
Phone: 01847 831641