Shane Gallagher reports on the salmon fishing on the Drowes last week…

Salmon
Maite from Spain with her 2 fish from the Red Roof on July 2nd.

07 July: At the end of the first week in July water levels have dropped steadily, apart from a very small rise yesterday. The gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is now reading 0.4 metres, a low summer level but encouragingly there are still good numbers of fish entering the system. A mixture of grilse of 3 to 4lbs and some larger fish are running and despite the low water, are quickly passing through to Lough Melvin.

The weather is forecast to remain unsettled this week and over the weekend. With sufficient rainfall we could see a small rise in water levels by the start of next week.

Drowes estuary
Summer sunset and Slieve League across Donegal Bay at the Drowes estuary.

Sad News From Germany

News reached us yesterday of the passing of Reiner Troester from Duisburg in Germany. Reiner had been an ardent fisher of the Drowes for over quarter of a century. He enjoyed listening to, or recounting tall fishing tales in the tackle shop during his frequent visits to the fishery with his wife Gertrude and fishing friends Dieter and Helmut. He was passionate about Ireland, about fly fishing and about the Drowes. As well as being an avid angler he was also very artistic and creative. He will probably be best remembered to many anglers on the Drowes as the creator of the fishery map which features on our brochure, the tackle shop and many pubs and restaurants throughout the area.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to his wife Gertrude, family and wide circle of friends
Ar dheis de do raibh a anam

Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery
T: +353 (0) 71 98 41055
M: +353 (0) 87 8050806
http://www.drowessalmonfishery.ie/reports/

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