It was indeed a real family effort as father Jack, mother Myke and younger brother Aodhan were all in the boat when the fish was landed. The fish was taken inside the stream and after a titanic struggle the fish was finally boated, much to the delight of all involved. I should add my congratulations to all involved, especially as it’s a first ever and a moment that was shared by all the family.
I must also mention Gerry Fitzpatrick and his group of some experienced salmon anglers tried hard for three days in the middle of the week. Conditions were quite good Tuesday and Wednesday but then we got another lump of rain on Wednesday night, 64.1mms (2.5 inches) which put the river right up to 90 again, which makes fishing difficult. Having said that I think Gerry and his group thoroughly enjoyed themselves, with great emphasis being placed on the social aspect of the trip which is how it should be.
I actually tried fishing myself yesterday for a couple of hours, without success it must be added but did see a fresh fish at the bottom of the Meadow pool, which is the first I have seen there this year.
The river was just over 60 this morning but we are expecting heavy rain again for the afternoon and overnight so most likely it will be well up again tomorrow. It looks like it may get a chance to settle then for a couple of days. It would be nice to land another couple of fresh fish before the end of the month. D.McEvoy