10 June: The drought broke at last! The river ran at very low summer levels up until Friday when very heavy rain meant that the river received a good flood reading 0.50 metres. Saturday was unfishable with the gauge reading 0.78 metres but Sunday was lovely with a gauge reading starting off at 0.31 metres and falling nicely as the day progressed. With the break in the drought, the Owenea began to fish properly for the first time this season. Sunday was the day to be fishing and there were some 20 salmon caught and I am awaiting details of the majority of these. The fishery was understandably quiet all week until Sunday when many locals were fishing and 5 visiting rods. Will Taylor recorded a 4½lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 5. Billy Blair logged a 7lb salmon caught on a fly from beat 8, Tommy Irvine registered a 9lb salmon caught on a spinner from beat 8 and Franz Schulz accounted for two fine sea trout weighing 3 & 3½lb which caught and released again from beat 9.

The forecast is for rain over the week and with the big influx of fish, prospects look good for the coming week.

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