11th January - 26th March
The Thurso river has its source deep in the heart of the Caithness Flow Country starting beyond Loch Rumsdale. It is joined by the Glutt Water to become the Strathmore Water before flowing into Loch More. It is from here that the main river becomes a focus for recreational angling with fourteen beats split over 26 miles to the sea at Thurso Bay.
Both the upper and main river, along with their tributaries, provide the outstanding habitat to sustain one of the healthiest salmon populations in Scotland, and it is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for Atlantic salmon. The flood plain on the lower beats is also a protected Site of Special Scientific Interest for both its habitat and flora and offers a chance to see some of the wildlife on the banks of the Thurso such as otters, ospreys, sea eagles, peregrine falcons, oyster catchers and curlews, to name but a few found throughout the river catchment.
The Thurso River has a long and productive angling season from January 11th to October 5th with salmon caught in most of those months, with the bulk of catches between April and September. With a five year average of approximately 1400 salmon and grilse it still continues to be one of the top angling venues with anglers visiting from all over the world.
Information courtesy of the Flow Country Rivers Trust.