Ballisodare River

Dermot Glennon reports that excellent spring salmon fishing is reported from Ballisodare over the last 2 weeks. For the week from the 15th to 22nd 37 salmon were recorded, including 23 fish released. Among the anglers to land fish were local angler Paul McMahon, who took an 8.5 lb. fish, and Bill Clinton (not the former US president) who landed a fine 13 lb. fish on fly. Sean Maye took a 10 lb. fish on fly, while Paddy O’Loughlin landed a 9-pounder on worm.  Paul McGroary took a 10lb. fish on fly, while Tommy Donovan caught and released a 9 lb. fish taken on a Willie Gunn fly. Seam Maye caught another 9 lbs fish, which he released, while Trevor Goulding and Ray Cooper also caught and released salmon.

The week ending Sunday 29th saw 60 salmon landed, with 30 of those released. Michael Martin landed a 9 lb. fish on fly, while Dermot himself caught and released an 8-pounder on fly. Vinny Henry had a 6 lbs fish on fly, also released, and visiting angler M. Wymes had an 8 lbs fish on fly. Trevor Goulding tok a 10.5 lb. fish on fly, while visitor John Savage caught and released a 7 lb. salmon.

Other anglers to score were Denis Barrett, with an 8 lb. fish on fly, Paul Colreavy from Sligo, with a 6.5 lb. fish on fly, and local angler Stephen Moore, who had an 8 lb. fish on fly. D. Crawford landed an 8lbs fish on worm, while UK angler Andrew Pearson had a 9 lbs fish on fly, and Denis Quinn took an 8 lb. fish on the worm.

Dermot reports that water levels are starting to get a bit low now, and the average size of the fish is slightly smaller this week as a few early grilse start to appear among the springers. Given a drop of rain and with such a good run of fish at the moment, fishing prospects here are very good.