Brid O’Malley was in touch from Ballynahinch Castle to report that with better conditions and a run of fresh fish, the past week has produced 11 salmon. Water has risen to help matters along significantly.

Among the fish landed was a beautiful 9.5lbs fish caught by Frank Flaherty on Beat 6, with a Silver Rat.

Nicky Strauss landed 2 nice grilse on Beat 1, they weighed in at 5lbs and 6.75lbs, using a Van Beck Special.

Regular Fisherman Stephen Cullinane captured a nice 6lb grilse on beat 6, using a Cascade.

This is just the start of what will hopefully be a great period of fishing on the Castle water, with fresh water providing the spur for salmon waiting in the bay to run upstream. To book fishing or accommodation at Ballynahinch, contact the castle at 095 31006, or check