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First Irish salmon of 2018 landed on the Drowes

January 31st, 2018 | by

News has reached us of the first salmon of the year! The fish was landed on the River Drowes, Co. Leitrim yesterday, and was caught by well-known local angler Bill Likely, who also works on the fishery. Another fresh fish had been lost shortly beforehand in the same area.

Bill Likely with the first Irish salmon of the year

Bill Likely with the first Irish salmon of the year

 

The salmon was caught from the Point of the Meadow Pool shortly before 1pm. The 7.5lbs sea-liced fish was taken on a Black and Gold Rapala, and no doubt Bill was delighted to land the first Irish salmon of the year. Bill is well-known to all anglers who visit the Drowes as he works on the fishery, and is known for his generosity with advice and good-natured banter.

The first fish, as is traditional, will be prepared for a tasting event to benefit local charities, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.

Well done Bill!

 

Bill with his lovely fresh spring salmon

Bill with his lovely fresh spring salmon

 

Fishery owner Shane Gallagher reports that the current water level remains high at 0.944 metres but is dropping slowly. The 31st sees a blue moon, the second full moon in a calendar month which is also a blood moon and a super moon, making it the first “super blue blood moon” since 1866. The resulting large tides coupled with falling water levels will hopefully improve fishing prospects over the coming week after near constant flood conditions since the start of the season.

 

The first month of the season has seen near constant flood conditions. This was the scene at the Bridge pool at Lennox's Bridge last week. Water levels are still high but have dropped to 0.944 on the gauge.

The first month of the season has seen near constant flood conditions. This was the scene at the Bridge pool at Lennox’s Bridge last week. Water levels are still high but have dropped to 0.944 on the gauge.

 

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River Drowes

The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The river is some 5 miles in length, with over 70 named pools, flowing from Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay and entering the sea at Tullaghan, just outside Bundoran. The Drowes has a wide variety of water suitable for all fishing methods, including several miles of good fly water and deeper slower moving pools suitable for spinning and bait fishing.

For information and bookings on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055 (8am to 12 noon).
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