AFTER a lean spell to the start of the salmon season for the January openers, the situation improved somewhat at the end of February. Dismal weather, with high water levels, low angling pressure and lack of fish in rivers resulted in poor catches.

Take, for example, the River Drowes. Up and running since January 1st, it is usually a safe bet to have the first salmon of the season, even on opening day. This year, however, only one fish was recorded in January and just one in February up to Valentine’s Day. A first for the fishery on both counts….

Irish Times 06/03/2015 Read the article ‘Salmon season improves after poor angling conditions at the beginning of the year