All About the River
The Thurso is one the best salmon rivers in Scotland and. It enjoys a long productive season, from 11th January to 5th October. Fish can be caught during every month, but the main spring run will start in March and continue through to early June. Given the right water the fishing in May and June can be very productive. Our Grilse run usually starts in mid-May and runs through to end of August, with a peak in the middle of July, In September we see a smaller run of larger summer Salmon enter the river. Out with drought years the river generally produces around 1700 salmon per year and fishing is by fly only. Since the cessation of the netting in 2005 the catch has been rising and in the last few years we seen record catches made. The Thurso like other rivers is fed from a loch, but unlike many of these rivers we can control the water flowing out of the loch and in this way we are able to maintain the level of the river at a good fishing height for about three weeks, once the loch is full. Since 2012 we have limited the number of spring rods fishing the river and up to the middle of June. From the middle of the June, 2 rods are allocated to each beat.
Typical day on the river
There are no start or finish times on the Thurso, this allows rods maximum flexibility each day. The way the river is fished varies slightly between Spring and Summer. During the spring we do not fish all rotating beats each day. By holding some back, we give anglers flexibility to ensure they maximise their chances of intercepting early running springers at the best "hotspots" throughout the length of the system.
From the middle of June two rods will be allocated to a single beat each day. Each day you will fish a different beat and you will drop down two beats each day (until you reach the bottom of the river!). Example if you fish beat 4 on Monday you would then fish beat 2 on Tuesday. After you have fished on our two lowest beats, 2 and 3 (we don't fish on beat 1), you then move to the top of the river. Beat 2 moves to beat 13 and beat 3 moves to beat 12. Single rods will usually be paired with another angler and your beat allocation will be confirmed with you when you make your booking. If you have booked a ghillie they will meet you at the ghillies room at the back of the Hotel at about 8:30am and there you will plan the day and get equipment ready etc. and then leave around 9.00am. Most beats have a hut where lunch can be taken. Ghillies finish at 5:00pm and normally require transport back to the hotel.
There are numerous opportunities for trout fishing in Caithness and we can provide information on the following lochs. Watten, St Johns, Heilen, Toffinghall, Calder, Syre and a number of local hill lochs. The bigger lochs are better fished from a boat and we can provide details of boat hire etc.
Take a look below at our friendly team below who will be on hand to assist you during your fishing visit.