Just when it seemed the much needed rain was on its way it stopped just short of Caithness and the Thurso catchment, we will just have to keep at our rain dancing, the ghillies may even hold a ceilidh soon with all the practice they have had over the last few weeks.
Despite the difficulties low water conditions have given us overhead conditions remained on our side, with little in the way of bright sun and if anything it cooled down as the week progressed, brisk northerly winds along with sea haar in the evenings have helped keep water temperatures down to the low 60s Fahrenheit and we finished the week with 10 fish in the book, not bad when considering the majority of the summer run of grilse and salmon are still patiently waiting in the estuary.
Noteworthy mentions this week were George Sheligman taking three fish from beats 9,4 and 2, David Baxendale also put three in the book. And Rab Douglas as ever never fails despite the low water conditions taking a brace of grilse.
The early part of next week looks settled with light winds and periods of sunshine but more wind and showers return later in the week. Tactics remain much as such the same with light tackle and leaders and very small flies, 14s down to 18s and even size 20s
Again the roads around caithness remain in a poor state of repair with the road from westerdale to loch More of particular concern for our anglers, although a little progress has been made with signs of a few repairs but there still remains a few passable but dangerous potholes.
Tight lines next week