Lindsey Clarke reports on the River Drowes 11/12/12:

Just three weeks to go to the opening of the salmon season on the Drowes on Tuesday January 1st 2013. Fishing will commence as usual at 8.30 am on New Year’s morning. Licences and permits will be available from the fishing tackle shop at Lareen from Friday 28th December and from 6am on New Year’s Day. Salmon licences are also currently available online at

There will be no change in price for state salmon licences for the 2013 season.
The prices are:

Annual all district licence €100
Annual local district licence €56
21 day licence €40
Juvenile annual licence €10
1 day licence €20
Foyle extension licence €80

Please note we have been specifically instructed NOT to issue the Foyle extension licence where anglers are not already in possession of a current Foyle licence so anglers are asked to ensure that they already have their Foyle licence if they intend to purchase a Foyle extension.

Anglers who have not already returned their 2012 state salmon licence are requested to do so as soon as possible.

There will be no change in permit membership prices for the Drowes Fishery for the 2013 season.
The prices are:
Day membership €25
Weekly membership €100
Season membership (subject to availability) €280
Juvenile anglers may fish for free when accompanied by an adult.

A new river webcam has been installed on the river, looking upstram towards the Upper Mill and Crooked Hole. The webcam should prove a valuable tool for anglers who wish to keep up to date with current water levels and fishing conditions on the river. Thanks to Glyn Howells from Farson Digital Water Cams and to Brendan and Georgie Gallagher who provided the location and broadband connection for the camera.

The link to the webcam is here

Weather Outlook.

Frost and ice will clear slowly this morning. A mostly dry day, with a little hazy sunshine in the north and east. But breezy and rather cloudy across the southwest and also the west coast, with some rain developing in places. Cold, top temperatures just 2 or 3 C., in the north and east, but 5 to 7 C., in the south.

Tonight will be cold again with another frost developing across eastern and northern areas soon after dark. Breezy and mostly cloudy elsewhere, with some rain and drizzle, this persistent in Atlantic coastal counties. Temperatures will range between minus 2 and plus 1 in eastern and northern areas, to between plus 2 and plus 5 degrees in the west and south.


Remaining frost and ice in eastern and northern areas will soon clear during Wednesday morning. The rain and drizzle elsewhere, will become widespread by early afternoon. Top temperatures 3 to 9 C., best in the southwest, in strengthening southeasterly winds.


Outbreaks of rain will clear away northwards overnight on Wednesday night, but will bring a few flutters of snow to higher ground, particularly over northern areas as it clears. Becoming dry for most places then, and southeast winds will ease light towards morning. Lowest temperatures overnight on Wednesday between plus 1 and plus 2 degrees in the north of the country to 5 or 6 degrees in the south.

On Thursday it will start out mainly dry with some sunny spells. Winds will be moderate southeasterly and highest temperatures will range between 6 and 7 degrees in the north of the country and 9 or 10 degrees in the southwest. The winds will increase fresh to strong and gusty as the day goes on and on Thursday night will veer to the southwest in the west. With the changing wind will come increasing cloud and heavy and persistent rain. The rain will spread to all areas overnight Thursday night. Lowest temperatures ranging between plus 1 in the north to plus 5 in the south.

Friday will start out cold and damp but the heavy rain will clear northwards early in the morning and it will become mostly dry then apart from some light rain in the southwest and west. With southwesterly winds dominating it will be a little milder during the day but will turn cold and frosty again overnight.

There’ll be outbreaks of rain in the west on Saturday but the winds will have eased southerly.

The further outlook to next weekend is for unsettled weather with outbreaks of rain at times and mainly southerly or southwesterly winds.

The high tide of 3.9 metres is at 7.56am on opening day.

Water level and condition reports will be available on the website in the days before opening day.

For info/boat hire/bookings etc on Lough Melvin see or Tel: 071 9841055.

Lough Melvin – Rossinver Fishery: For info see

For bookings/guides etc on the Rossinver Fishery contact Bill McNeary, Tel: 071 9854930 or Jim Hoye, Tel: 0831197428

Drowes Salmon Fishery

T: +353 (0) 71 98 41055
M: +353 (0) 87 8050806