Another memorable week comes to an end on the Thurso. Our best week of the season, the largest fish of the season at 27 pounds and the best catch for a beat in a single day since 2016.
The final tally of 248 for the week was largely made up of resident fish relocating throughout the system, which can be expected now that we are approaching the final few weeks of the season. Fresh fish are still being caught on the lower beats with occasional ones in the upper beats.
There was a few times during the months of June and July questions were asked if there was all that many fish within the system, our team of ghillies knew all along the fish were there, it was the weather that was hurting our chances and the fish lay dormant for many weeks and months,
Much like the two weeks of good catches in August ,cooler weather and a lift in water levels helped bring many of these fish out of their slumber and back on the take in spectacular fashion, and with nearly half catch being fish in the 8 pound plus class sport was exciting.
We started the week at 31 inches, and with some heavy showers throughout the week levels in the second half held steady at around 18 inches. Monday also saw water temperatures dropping to the mid 50s Fahrenheit.
Loch more is still spilling over the top and there is a very autumnal feel in the air so I would expect another decent week coming up this week.
Birds of prey (Raptors) are a common sight up and down the banks of the Thurso, while some are common there are a few that are not readily seen and are quite rare.
Some of the more common ones can been seen most days like buzzards,kestrels and sparrowhawks, and if you are quick enough perigrine Falcons are often spotted around the gorge on beat 10.
Ospreys at one time were non existent in caithness but are now a popular and common sight during the spring and summer months before they migrate to southern Europe and Africa for the winter months.
Its when we head to the upper river we begin to see some of our more elusive raptors.
While not always easy to see we have a few pairs of hen harriers, the larger females are quite dull apart from a white patch on the base of their tail, the males,which are smaller are more easily spotted ,mainly grey above and white below except for t