Shane Gallagher from the Drowes fishery reports that they had their first salmon of the season, only the second caught in Ireland so far this year, over the weekend…

23 January: The long wait for the first Drowes salmon of 2016 is over. Ballybofey angler Eddie Roulston landed the first fish from the river, weighing just under 8lbs from the Trout Pool on a red flying c with copper blade. The water level rose slightly in recent days but remains under 7 on the gauge at 0.698 metres.

A prize of a GoPro camera remains for the first caught and released salmon from the river this season.

Eddie Roulston and his son Nash with the the first salmon of 2016 from the Drowes

Conditions remain fairly good with above average temperatures. Further rain and strengthening winds are forecast over the coming days. There is a full moon and large tides of over 4 metres on Sunday.

Eddie pictured fishing at the Soft Hole earlier in the month.
Eddie pictured fishing at the Soft Hole earlier in the month.

I would like to thank all the anglers who fished since opening day, in at times very difficult conditions. The permit numbers of those who fished between opening day and today will be entered into a draw for a voucher for the tackle shop and fishery.

Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery

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The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The Drowes is among the earliest opening salmon fisheries in the country and regularly claims the honour of producing Ireland’s first salmon of the season on opening day, January 1st. The river is some 5 miles in length, with over 70 named pools, flowing from Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay and entering the sea at Tullaghan, just outside Bundoran. The Drowes has a wide variety of water suitable for all fishing methods, including several miles of good fly water and deeper slower moving pools suitable for spinning and bait fishing.

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