The Thurso is among the best salmon rivers in the north and enjoys a long and productive season. There are 12 beats over 24 miles of Flow Country, from Loch More to the town of Thurso on the North coast. Two rods fish on each beat, moving downstream by two beats each day, allowing Upper, Mid 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 wading is not necessary.
When to fish
The river produces around 2,000 salmon per year and fishing is by fly only. Fish can be caught in every month of the season, although the fishing really gets underway in late spring (late March, April and May). At this time, it is the upper beats that tend to be the most productive.
From 11th January until 15th June, all salmon and sea trout should be returned safely to the River. From 16th June, anglers fishing for a week may retain up to two fish, provided they do not exceed 8lbs in weight.
Fishermen eagerly await the arrival of the first grilse, which start appearing on the Thurso in early July and build up throughout July and August, spreading out well over the beats and it is these fish which provide such excellent sport right through until the end of the season. The services of a ghillie is encouraged if fishermen wish to maximise their chance of success.
Where to stay
Many fishers stay in lodges or cottages provided with the fishing, but for other alternatives, some of whom can offer fishing packages, please see our list of accommodation providers.
Tel: 01573 470612