Another week comes to an end leaving with 3 weeks (18 days fishing) remaining of the season.
With the water levels settling back we expected catches to slow down on the previous week but in the end we had well over 100 fish, a very respectable tally for the week.
We saw all sorts of weather, from calm bright days in the earlier part of week to proper autumnal conditions with strong winds and heavy squally showers as the week progressed.
At times the fish still seemed reluctant to fully commit to the fly, coming short, plucking, even tightening the line and still refusing to hook up, but with so many fish throughout the river there were plenty taking a proper hold of the fly.
The past few months have passed by in what seems like the blink of an eye , it only seemed a few weeks ago some anglers were still fishing to 10pm in the evening, now 7,30pm is becoming the limit of daylight, it's great what a healthy balance of weather and water and plenty of salmon can do for the passing of time.
And with the nights getting longer and colder many of the Male fish in the river will begin getting more aggressive as the clock counts down their ultimate life goal, the laying down of the next generation of salmon on the spawning redds in November.
The Thurso has never been known for a spectacular number of fresh fish entering the river late in the season, and while many fish being caught are coloured it is good to see that our anglers are still coming across a few fresh fish on the lower beats.
This week we take a look at what amphibians we are likely to find on the banks of the Thurso.
The common frog is a very common sight up and down the river and can often be seen swimming across loch Beg in the late spring and early summer. Spawn can often been seen in the river margins with tadpoles being a good source of food for juvenile salmon and trout
Less often seen are newts, with both smooth and crested newts present but they are rarely seen, again they can be seen on the upper river.
Common Newts emerge from hibernation in late March and feed predominantly on aquatic invertebrates including frog spawn. They will also feed on terrestrial insects.
Out with the breeding season it can be hard to distinguish between males and females ,during the breeding season male newts become more spotted and their belts become a vivid orange, and a distinctive Crest forms along the spine.
Tight lines next week