Fishery manager Nigel Rush reports from Kylemore Abbey Fishery that the first salmon of the season was landed yesterday, a nice fresh fish of 4.75lbs. The captor was fishery guide John Irwin, who was up early and landed the fish at Tullywee Bridge at 7.20 a.m., on a Pot-Bellied Black Shrimp fly.

The average date of the first fish at Kylemore over the last 10 years has been the 18th of April, so it was one day early!

To book fishing with Kylemore Abbey, contact Nigel at 095 41178 or 087 9580702, and check the fishery website at

Kevin Crowley IFI