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Sporting Salmon Fishing
Rental £450 - £550 + vat per rod per week
The river fishes best from March to October with the larger catches occurring from July to the end of the season; there are over 1,000 salmon produced each year. Fishing is by fly only with no obligation to return fish and the vast majority exceed ten pounds.
On average the river produces around 2,000 salmon per year. Fishing is by fly only and, historically, the Thurso offered some of the earliest and best spring fishing in Scotland.
The majority of spring fish exceed 10 lbs and grilse can provide tremendous sport from July onwards. Sea liced summer salmon enter the river right through to the end of the season.
Two rods fish on each beat, moving downstream by two beats each day, allowing both Upper and Lower water to be fished in one week. The beats provide a wonderful variety of fishing and vary in length from just under one mile to three and a quarter miles. Each beat has a variety of pools.
Fishing is from both banks and breast waders are not necessary.
Salmon Conservation – From 11th January until 15th June, all salmon and sea trout should be returned safely to the River. From 16th June until 5th October, anglers fishing for a week may retain up to two fish, provided they do not exceed 8lbs in weight.
Ghillies – The services of a ghillie is encouraged if fishermen wish to maximise their chance of success. There is a charge of £60/day.
Rentals From £450 – £550 + VAT per rod per week
The Thurso is among the best salmon rivers in the north and enjoys a long, productive season with annual catches in excess of 1000 fish caught each season.
Parties are required to stay at the Ulbster Arms Hotel, which is perfectly situated on the river bank, at beat 4, in the village of Halkirk. It has a secure rod room, fully kitted drying room and serves excellent seasonal food all year round. See www.ulbsterarmshotel.co.uk for further information and details.
From mid-March to the end of May the Upper Beats tend to be most productive. The grilse can provide tremendous sport from early July onwards when sea-liced summer salmon enter the river right through to the end of the season. Two rods fish on each stretch moving downstream by two beats each day allowing both Upper and Lower water to be fished in one week.
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