Nash Mc Daid from Ballybofey landed the first salmon at the “point of the meadow” on the Drowes River at 2:45 yesterday. The salmon, which weighed approximately 12 pounds, was caught on a Red Flying C before being released into the water.

Inland fisheries Ireland will award Nash a prize of €250 as the angler who caught and released the first salmon of 2020 in Ireland.

As salmon populations continue to face challenges across the northern hemisphere, Inland Fisheries Ireland is encouraging all anglers to make their own personal contribution to the conservation of this valued species by practising catch and release fishing at all times.

Shane Gallagher reports from the Drowes…

The first salmon of the 2020 season from the river Drowes was landed at approximately 2.45 on Valentines Day by 20 year old Donegal angler Nash Mc Daid. The fish, estimated at 12lbs was taken on a red flying c from the Point of the Meadow in very high water conditions. Nash was later presented with the Drowes Perpetual Cup for the first salmon from the fishery of the 2020 season and also the 1 kilo bar of silver and Thomas Gallagher Conservation Cup as the first caught & released salmon of the new season.

Nash Mc Daid
Nash Mc Daid with the Perpetual Cup and 1kg of pure silver

A special word of thanks to all the anglers who wet a line with us since the start of the season, in pursuit of what is becoming, the ever more elusive early spring salmon.

Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery

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