We started the new week with a small lift in river levels, and with 8 inches on the Halkirk gauge it certainly seemed to help relocate resident fish already in the river for a few weeks and also pull in fresh salmon from the sea.
Weather-wise it was a strange and unpredictable week, one minute it was warm and spring like and the next showers of torrential rain mixed with hail made it feel like we were fishing in March with air temperatures bouncing from 15c in the sun to 7c during the frequent showers.
Matt Colman got the week up and running with a 17 pounder from Comlifoot on beat 4, Oliver Burge and his ghillie Dougie shared 5 between them, Rhian Pilkington picked up a lovely fresh fish from lower Suilag (13 pounds) and Thurso regular Mark Newton also picked up a brace from beats 13 & 9. Bill Taylor had a lovely 13 pounder on Saturday Morning from beat 4, and last but not least new rods to the river Alan Tulip and Peter Bowling (pictured below) both broke their Thurso Duck on Saturday on beat 4.
So what will next week bring? Well that cold wind from the North looks set to hang around for a few days bringing in heavy showers then by midweek high pressure looks set to take over. We should still see a few larger fish coming in on the tides, but the time for grilse is upon us and we should start to see a few more of these one sea winter salmon enter the river over the next few weeks.
Tight lines next week.