Monday 29th February to Sunday 13th March 2016
On the 29th water levels were lovely with the gauge reading 0.64m. The river then rose to read 0.77m on the 4th but then the river fell gradually and was reading 0.64m by the end of the day on the 13th. This meant the river had 2 weeks of lovely water levels. Over the 1st week a few rods were out but from Thursday 19th onwards, the much nicer weather meant that good numbers of rods fished over the last 4 days. Catches really picked up with 17 salmon reported to date with 13 of these caught in the last 4 days. On the 6th March, Johhny O’Neill recorded an 11½lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Island Pool and Gunter Vaivads accounted for a 6lb salmon caught on a lure from Tinkers Hole.
Last week, on the 7th, Brendan Lyons recorded a 6lb salmon caught on worm from Lennox’s Bridge. On the 8th Mark Donaghy reported a 5½lb fish caught on a tube fly from the Blackwater. On the 10th, Paul Martin reported an 8½lb salmon caught on a spinner from the Island Pool. Jack Brown registered a 9lb salmon caught on fly from Lennox’s. Richard Agnew logged an 8½lb salmon caught on a ‘Tosh’ fly from the Mill Pool and Chris Shepherd accounted for a 9½lb salmon caught on a Purple Cascade fly from The Grazings.
Over the weekend,on the 11th, Brendan Bourke recorded an 8lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the Island Pool. Eoin McManus reported a 10lb salmon caught on a Rapala from The Grazings. Paul McCausland registered an 8½lb salmon caught on worm. John O’Connor logged a 7lb salmon caught on a fly from the Old Sea Pool and John Stephens accounted for a 9½lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the Island Pool. On the 12th, Nash McDaid recorded a 7lb salmon caught on a Rapala. Gary Bennett reported an 8lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Money Hole and Chris McDaid accounted for an 8lb salmon caught on a Rapala from the Mill Pool. On the 13th, Stephen McGimpsey recorded an 8lb salmon caught and released on a Flying ‘C’ lure from The Wee Drain.
With the weather forecast, the rapidly increasing salmon run, the lovely spring weather and cracking water levels, prospects for the coming week are very rosy indeed!
It seems Melvin has been fairly quiet and I have not yet received any reports of catches. If I hear more, I will include this fortnights catches in the following report.
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