Shane Gallagher reports from the Drowes Fishery office…

Drowes River
Jackie Mc Erlean with a 10lb springer from the Drowes

05 February: The first salmon of the 2019 season from the river Drowes was landed today shortly after midday from Briney’s Pool. The fish estimated at 10lbs took a luminous yellow flying c and was released by angler Jackie Mc Erlean earning him a one kilo bar of fine silver, the Drowes Perpetual Cup and the newly commissioned Thomas Gallagher Conservation Cup for the first caught & released fish from the fishery of the season.

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Jackie Mc Erlean won the 1kg bar of silver and the Thomas Gallagher Conservation Cup for catching and releasing the first salmon of the season on the Drowes

Water levels have risen following rain and the melting of last weeks snow. This morning was mild and dry before turning wetter this afternoon. Current water level at the Four Masters Bridge gauge is 0.68 metres, water temperature rose today to 6 degrees Celcius.

Luminous yellow Flying C

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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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