The fishing here has been excellent since my last update, with thirty fish landed. Conditions have been good for angling with water levels varying from 44 to 20 and after the heavy showers in the last 24 hours, the river is running at 45. The only downside at times, was, where the opportunity arose the midges appeared in force and made their presence felt. Having said it wouldn’t be fishing in the West of Ireland in June without the odd midge!!
Bas, who landed his first ever salmon on Sunday morning, continued his amazing run of form. On his first ever trip salmon fishing he landed six in five days. The second of these was on the afternoon of the 9th, when he had a nice fish of approx. 4lbs in the Schoolhouse on a Collie Dog.
The 10thwas quieter with Luke Drea landing the only one of the day, a fresh fish of 6lbs12ozs in the Rock Pool on a Shrimp Fly. There were six landed on the 11th, with Bas’s run of good form seeing him land two in 30 minutes in the Rock Pool of 4lbs7ozs and 4lbs12ozs, both on a Collie Dog. Luke Drea also had two, one from the Waterfall of 4lbs on a Sunrae and the second in the Bridge Pool of 3lbs4.5ozs on a Beaded Nymph. Teddy Coulter had a nice fish of 6lbs from the Grilse Pool on a Kinermoney Killer and Bas finished off a momentous day for himself when he landed his third fish of the day from Boat Point on Finlough of 3lbs7ozs.
Bas got the 12thoff the mark when he landed the sixth fish of his trip, once again from the Rock Pool of 3lbs5ozs on a Collie Dog. The Moran brothers from Derry also landed fish. Peter had one of 3lbs7ozs from Boat point on Finlough, on a Silver Stoat and John had a fresh fish of 10lbs6ozs from the Quarry on a Red Francis. Finally, Jonathan Durkan on a visit from Melbourne had a fish of approx. 5lbs from Wrens Point on Finlough on a Delphi Collie.
It was young Jonathan Durkan that stole the limelight on the 13th, with five fish landed, three off the river and two off Finlough. First was from the Deadman’s of approx. 4lbs on a Collie Dog, the second, from the Quarry of approx. 4lbs on a Cascade and the third, again from the Quarry of 4lbs1oz on a Collie Dog.
Peter Moran also had a cracking fish of 12lbs from the Turn Pool on a Silver Stoat. Finlough also produced four fish with Peter Eaton landing one of 4lbs5ozs from Boat Point on a Non Descript. Jonathan Durkan had two from Boat Point, one on a Collie Dog and the other on a Cascade, weighing in at 4lbs2ozs and 4lbs8ozs respectively and Peter Moran also had one of 3lbs7ozs from Sligo Bay on a Silver Stoat.
The 14thsaw four being landed, with Alfred Amenda having two, including his first ever, a fish of 6lbs2ozs from the Whin Pool on a Sunrae Shadow. His second was from the Waterfall of 4lbs1oz, again on a Sunrae.
Robin Clifford had one from Paddy’s Point on Doolough of approx. 4.5lbs and Peter Eaton also had one from the Sunk Rock of 3lbs1oz. The 15thwas slower with two landed. Mark Benson landed his first ever, a fish of 3lbs11ozs from the Rock Pool on a Willie Gunn. Robin Clifford had another off Doolough of 7lbs5.5ozs. Yesterday, Sebastian Amenda, Alfred’s son also managed to land his first ever salmon, a fish of 4lbs5ozs from the Whin Pool on a Sunrae Shadow.
Siobhan Buchanan-Johnston, also had one from the Meadow Pool of 3lbs10ozs and Robin Clifford had one from the Stream on Finlough of 3lbs3ozs on a Cascade. Finally Alexander Mills finished off the day with a fish of approx. 5lbs from the Holly Pool on a Willie Gunn. Conditions should be excellent for the next few days, so hopefully the good fishing will continue. D.McEvoy
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