Billy Downes reports that as of Monday 18th water level on the Laune was up to 6 inches on the gauge at Johnston’s…

The water came up slightly from Wednesday last onwards which was a slight improvement but most anglers were finding it difficult to meet a fish.  Then like all things there are exceptions.  One being Stewart Stephens who managed to land three fish during the week on the fly, one a fish of 10 lbs, for four visits to the Laune.  All caught on a Red Francis.

Daragh Gallagher made it look easy when he caught this lovely grilse

Then there was Daragh Gallagher a young 11 year old angler from Dublin who fished the Laune on Wednesday accompanied by his grandfather John Barry from Tralee.  Daragh caught his first salmon ever a five pounder and added a sea trout of 1.25 lbs both on the worm and had some brown trout on the fly as well.

There was a considerable angling effort over the week and weekend and about 8 fish were reported for the week.

Permits for Laune Anglers waters from the 1st of August will cost €35 still excellent value compared to other fisheries and the chances of a fish. 

Beat 3:

There are a few salmon in the deeper pools on Beat 3 and with the nets finished a few fish will be travelling the river even in this low water.

As always there is some good sport to be had with trout with the single handed rod on the Beat and recent work on the Beat has opened up more and better trout fishing.


Now that the nets are finished prospects are better but anglers will need some heavy rain in the catchment and a rise of two feet before there will be any good fishing.

Billy Downes  Secretary     
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association

Anglers please note: A ‘One Day’ salmon permit for Beat 3 only costs €25 Beat 3 Permit Prices 2014

For further up to date information look up:   ‘Water Level’

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