The difference in air temperature from the previous week was much colder with winds pushing in from the north east leaving a real bite for our rods out on the river. Despite these difficult conditions an increased number of salmon have been ecountered with plenty of sightings and the usual long range releases but with a weekly total of 11 it is a definite step in the right direction.
Mr Mercer got the week of to a quick start with fresh 9 pounder from the bridge pool on beta 13 within the first hour on Monday morning. Mr I Macdonald, F Bene had a fish on consecutive days from the Mill stream on beat 2 and Mr A Muirhead had a brace from the lower suilag on beat 3 on Friday. Jill Elkington had her first trip to the Thurso was and was rewarded with a sea liced 10 pounder from beat 4 on Saturday afternoon.
The number of fish in the system is definitly increasing with sighting of fish form most of the beats every day, idealy a change in weather to something a little warmer and a splash of fresh rain would not go a miss. Next week looks to remain on th cooler side.
Again there is a precautionary warning about the conditions of the roads around caithness and in particular from Westerdale to loch More has some particularly dangerous potholes that are passable with care but certainly require a reduction in speed.