Fishing slowed considerably last week as the long hot dry spell continued and water levels dropped further. The gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge was at 0.37 metres on 18 July. The weather over the weekend was hot and dry and the showers which are falling now are unlikely to impact on water levels.

Virgilio Alonso With A good Grilse from last week
Virgilio Alonso With A good Grilse from last week

Below the Four Masters’ Bridge and the Sea Pools were the best bets for fish last week, with soaring day time temperatures, largely restricting effort to early morning and late evening. More fish were taken on fly in recent days but the river bank was largely deserted as the bright sunshine made fishing conditions less than conducive.

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Lindsey Clarke’s round up of last week on the Drowes…

The heat wave continued this week and the river dropped even lower. The gauge was reading 0.39 metres on Monday and had dropped to 0.37 by Sunday and the water temperature averaged some 18°C. The fishery was very quiet and it was really only the guests booked in for the week that fished. All of these fished in the early morning and late evening since there was little point fishing during the day in the blazing sun and high temperatures. There was some 10 grilse recorded for the week with a good percentage of these caught on flies with most fish coming from the streamy stretch below the Four Masters Bridge and the Sea Pools directly upstream of the sea. Rain is forecast for the coming week but this is off a showery nature and we will see what effect if any this has on water levels.