After a few weeks of rough weather and unsettled water levels Monday morning had that feeling winter was slowly coming to an end, light winds and warming sunshine along with the sound of skylarks and garden birds were very welcome. Monday was the last chance of a February fish but the feeling amongst ghillies and anglers was that if that February fish did not come the wait for the first fish of the season would not be far away.
The wait was short lived and by 11 am on Monday morning the jungle drums were beating and the first spring salmon of 2022 was reported when Mike Bowden landed a 10 pounder from the tail of the weedy pool on Beat 13 (pictured above). Having fished the Thurso from a young age Mike knows the river well but this is the first time he caught the first fish, a huge congratulations from the River Thurso team.
And how does that old saying go about buses? You wait for one and two come along at once, probably the most experienced hand on the Thurso Dougie Reid landed our second of the season on Tuesday Afternoon from the Broad pool on Beat 9 (pictured below) and despite seeing more salmon in his life than anyone could dream of it was so heartening to see after all these years the joy and excitement on his face.
Tight lines next week.