Fishery manager Simon Ashe reports on a big improvement in fishing at Ballynahinch following the rain. After a prolonged dry spell lasting most of the month of July the welcome rain over the past few days has rejuvenated the fish along with the fishermen!  Frustrated by large numbers of fish that would simply not look at a fly over the past 3 weeks, the anglers at Ballynahinch have been rewarded with some fantastic fishing since last weekend.  8 fish have been landed in the past 3 days, with many more lost.

Paddy Corcoran landed an 8lbs fish from Beat 4 and returned a 4lbs grilse on Beat 1.  Tom McManus has returned 2 fish from Beat 4 whilst on the same day, Derek Strauss landed a fine 9lbs summer salmon also from Beat 4, and released a fine fish under the hotel whilst losing another.  Cyril Biggins and Jonathan Broderick have also had good fortune with grilse from Beat 2.

Not only are we catching good numbers of salmon, the amount of fish that are rolling, turning and boiling at anglers’ flies is a marvel and ensures we have many excited fishermen after their day, even if they have not managed to ‘connect’.

The long dry spell has meant that many of the fish have ‘imprinted’ in the beats where they have been held up since the dry spell began.  This means that they are less inclined to move through the system after a rise in water, thus ensuring we have a higher proportion of the salmon stock within the Castle Stretch for the remainder of the season.  SnaBeg, Beats 1, 2, 4 & 6 have huge numbers of resident fish and this bodes very well for the remainder of the season; so long as the unsettled weather remains.

Whilst we are very busy for the coming weeks there are still some slots available on the river and I would envisage some fantastic angling so long as the weather remains unsettled.  Contact the hotel reception on 095 31006 to make a reservation, or check www.ballynahinch-castle.com