Very low and very bright! That best sums up conditions on the Drowes for the week ended 16 July. There was some rain near the weekend but not enough to significantly raise water levels. Despite the very unfavourable conditions, the river produced a fair amount of salmon, mainly grilse with anglers recording some fish caught in bright sun in the middle of the day!

On Monday, Micky McEvoy recorded 2 grilse weighing 2 & 3lb caught & released on prawn from the Meadow.

On Tuesday, John Ford reported a 5lb grilse caught on prawn from the Sea Pools.

Luca Kettles
Luca Kettles with his first ever salmon

On Wednesday, Oscar Robles logged 2 grilse weighing 2 & 3lb caught on prawn from the Blackwater. Virgilio Alonso registered a 3lb grilse caught on prawn from the Blackwater and young Luca Kettles recorded his 1st ever salmon caught, a 4½lb grilse caught on a Yellow Flying ‘C’ lure from Red Roof.

On Thursday, Pierre Rumeau reported a 4lb grilse caught and released on a fly from Clancy’s Pool and also unusually for the Drowes, sea trout of 1 & 1½lb which were released again.

Trevor Lovell with his fish

On Saturday, Gerry McMahon recorded a 4lb grilse caught on prawn from the Sea Pools. Andrew McDonal reported a 4lb grilse caught on a fly from Cascades. Pierre Rumeau logged a 3lb grilse caught on a fly from Stoppage and Trevor Lovell accounted for a 4lb grilse caught on fly from the Sea Pools.

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River Drowes

The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. 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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Lough Melvin

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