The season ended on Monday with 17 fish for the day which was a very good return for a river that started the day running at 52 inches on the halkirk gauge, this rendered the lower beats virtually impossible to fish.
While it was a case of to much to late from an angling perspective the current spell of continued high water has cleaned out the the weed that had accumulated on the river and given the salmon throughout the river and the numbers that have been waiting weeks in the estuary a chance to spread throughout the system in preparation for spawning which will kick off above loch More in a few weeks time and in the main river by mid November.
It has been a strange year with the ongoing struggles everyone is finding themselves having to deal with on a day to day basis. With two months of no fishing from late March to late April followed by two months of drought throughout August to the seasons end the Thurso was never fished anywhere near normal. The vast majority of the spring run was untouched by anglers, then we had an outstanding grilse run in late June and July that were in stunning condition, the best we have seen in many years. The overall feeling between the ghillies and visiting anglers was of a very healthy river.
River Thurso Team