Many fresh run fish have been observed in Lough Furnace of late, and to date, 55 salmon have been caught, with all wild fish returned and the ranched salmon retained. Seamus O’Neill, Co. Cavan, caught and released five wild and two ranched grilse of 4lbs and 6lbs. Stephen Bird and Fred Lockhart, Lisburn, boated five ranched fish over two days, weighing between 3.5lbs and 5lbs. Paul Sherrington and John McCallion, Co. Galway, took four ranched salmon, between 3lbs and 5lbs. John McGuire, Navan, accounted for four ranched and one wild fish, while David Malps and Russell Symons, U.K. had two ranched and one wild salmon. John O’Connor and Dieter Kramer, Foxford, took four ranched weighing between 3lbs and 5lbs.
Newport Anglers Club reported eight salmon caught by members, including two wild fish which were released. Successful club members were Charles Murray, with two ranched and two wild, Sean O’Malley, two ranched, John Campbell and Toby Gibbons, one salmon each. Successful flies included the Ally’s Cascade, Red Arse Green Peter, Black Shrimp and a small Collie Dog Tube.