Fishery manager Tom Bourke reports that the Owenwee River, near Westport, has seen a massive improvement in fishing over the last week, with the rise in water levels bringing a lot of fresh fish into the river. Excellent runs of salmon and grilse have continued since 29th July, and August has continued with excellent rod returns per day fished. The total rod catch is now at 64! Most of these have been taken to the fly. On Wednesday 31st 2 grilse were reported, one of 6lbs from Killenacoff in the evening by Mick O’ Toole to a Flying C and another of 5lbs from Cloona by Eoin Gannon to a silver Mepps. Vincent Piriou from France lost 2 more using a small spoon.

On the 1st Tom Bourke caught 2 more (4 and 3.5lbs) to an Orange Cascade shrimp variant and Eoin Gannon caught another in Killenacoff of 2lbs on a Flying C.

On the 2nd Mick O’Toole caught 2 more from Belclare Falls to an Allys Shrimp, one of 4lbs and another of 3lbs, he lost 3 more the same afternoon. That evening Vincent Piriou caught a grilse from the Mill Pool in Cloona and lost another.

On Saturday Mick O’Toole caught another 3 grilse, one from the flats of 3lbs and 2 from below Belclare Bridge, one from Toby’s Pool of 5lbs, one above the falls and another from the Glide Pool at 2.5lbs.

Enquiries to Tom Bourke 086 8331586 or by e mail to [email protected], or to Vincent Bourke at098 27103. Season permits , day or club membership can be obtained on enquiry.