Well another week comes to an end with 65 fish in the book, well over half of these were grilse which is to be expected for the first week of July.
While regular salmon anglers know how difficult grilse can be to land with their acrobatics and uncanny knack of finding rocks in the shallows to throw our hooks there is a general feeling they are not taking right, everything from coming short, or hooking up briefly seems to be the theme of late. But the main thing is there is a good build up of fish in all beats now.
What was also encouraging was the talk around the rod room later in the week about the larger fish that have appeared in the lower beats with the help of larger tides..
The previous week saw a miniature heatwave for three days but this week was generally cooler with brisk northwesterly winds and periods of heavy showers, and while this made little difference to the river height it will have helped to keep loch More at a steady level.
Looking at the catches this week beat 4 was certainly the beat on form taking 21 fish for the week and also the largest for the season to date for John Graham comfortably estimated at 24lbs fishing a single handed rod !
The two John's (Goodman & Graham) put their fair share of fish in the book for the week, including John Graham's 24 pounder, sorry if I already mentioned it, but hearing it sounds so good, Cary Pugh held her own taking 5 for the week with the best at 15lb
Graham and Mike Stanton shared 10 between them with 5 a piece.
Dr malcolm walder had a good day on beat 4 taking 5 fish with his team of rods ending the week in double figures.
And Ken Mcgeorge's team including Iain Wilson, Neil Jones and Brian Douglas all putting fish in the book.
Alan and Doug Cormie had a couple each but special mention must go to Doug's wife Cath, not only did she land her first Thurso salmon from beat 4, but this was her first ever salmon, well done Cath.
Next week looks settled with lighter winds than the past week but looks as though it may stay cooler.
Purple / Pink flowers this week.
The banks of the Thurso supports many different species of flowers and all of these can be seen at the moment, this time of the year seems to favour these colours at the moment.
The one we are always asked about is the Ragged Robin, see below.
This is a very distinct flower with its long thin petals and is bloom from June through to early July, and is widespread up and down the banks of the Thurso.
Another distinctive flower that is found on the lower beats, especially beat 2 is the Purple Orchid, There are many different types of Purple Orchid and you need a better man than me to name them properly, but you don't need there exact name to appreciate them.
Another Purple flower we see on the bank is the common thistle, one of those annoying plants that catch you fly line! This one has a Carder Bee feeding, this thistle is also the food plant of the Painted Ladies that were featured last week.
The last one in this quartet of flowers is the Campion, which again can be found up and down the river and can be see, from June onwards,
Tight lines to all wetting a line next week.