We ended the week with just over 30 fish, steady if not spectacular. The weather was the biggest talking point of week with hot, humid calm conditions and endless hours of bright blue skies, not ideal fishing conditions and with air temperatures exceeding 25c the water temperature has also jumped from from mid 50s Fahrenheit last weekend up to the late 60's in the second half of this week.
This has slowed the fish down, making them sluggish through the day which makes morning and evenings the best chance of taking a fish, if you can handle the dreaded midge which made their presence felt with a vengeance this past week.
On a positive note we have now passed the 2018 catch total and this coming weeks tides are the largest of the summer, and with fish still being seen in the estuary new fish should have no problem moving in. All we need is some sensible weather and temperatures, the coming week looks a little cooler with then prediction in the mid to late teens.
This week we take a look at our furry little river bank friend the otter.
There are 13 species of otter around the planet with the Thurso home to a healthy population of eurasian otters
Otters can be found up and down the entire length of the Thurso catchment, while they can be quite secretive much like deer early mornings and evenings provide us the best opportunity to catch a glimpse of this elusive semi Aquatic mammal.
Otters require good clean water quality so having otters on the river is a good sign as many parts of the UK and Europe have seen a steady decline over the last 50 years.
While otters will eat salmon, and most seasons we find the remains from an otter kill, eels,small fish and fresh water mussels make up the vast majority of their diet, but dont be surprised to see otters on land eating frogs and looking for ground nesting birds as they are very opportunistic feeders.
Otters can be very territorial and apart from breeding times or mothering their pups they live a relatively solitary life.
Otter dens can be hard to see unless you find the signs on the river bank like marking of their territory using faeces, as most entry points are specifically well hidden.
While otters use predominantly sight and touch to feed they also have an excellent sense of smell, they are regarded as shy creatures but will often approach anglers through curiosity, just be careful not to accidentally hook one!!! It has been known to happen.
So the next time you think you seen a huge salmon running into the pool you are fishing just keep you eye going for two eyes and whiskers to pop above the surface.
Tight lines for the coming week