Shane Gallagher from the Drowes Fishery reports that anglers are doing their part but despite good conditions the first salmon is yet to be caught…

Father and son in search of the first
Father and son in search of the first

One week into the 2017 salmon season and no fish have been reported caught and only the odd fresh fish seen. It has so far been a disappointing start to the new season given that there have been good numbers of rods out in good weather and water conditions. There seems to be a definite trend to later runs of both spring fish and grilse. What factors are influencing the timing of fish runs, whether ocean warming, climate change or other variables is a matter for debate. What is undeniable is that Atlantic salmon are a key indicator species and all the indications point to major changes at sea which are having a major impact on salmon behaviour and survival.

January 1997, a below average year that would be considered fantastic in 2017!
January 1997, a below average year that would be considered fantastic in 2017!

Looking at our catch register book over the last 40 years, a fish a day was about average for January. Twenty years ago, January 1997 was a below average month with just over 20 fish recorded.

It is a stark warning for the future of salmon angling in Ireland when what would be considered a poor run starts looking like the good old days in the space of just twenty years!

Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery

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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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