Monday 17th  February to Sunday 1st March 2020 (2 weeks)

The Drowes ran at very high levels all week due to the constant storms and heavy rainfall we continue to receive. On the 17th the gauge read 0.95m and the river continued to rise to read 1.19m at its peak on the 22nd and 25th. By the 1st March the river was still reading 1.06m.

This all added up to angling attendance being lower than would be expected for this stage in the season. For those hardy souls who did fish there was some reward. There are fresh salmon in the river.

On the 17th, Damien Crawford recorded the first salmon on the Drowes caught on fly. The fish weighed 8lb and was caught in the Mill Pool on a franc n snaelda fly. On the 26th, Brian McEvoy recorded a 9lb salmon caught on a Yellow Belly Devon Minnow from the Point of the Meadow.

Brian also recorded a salmon estimated at 11lb caught and released on a spinner from The Meadow on 1st March. There were also 2 further fresh salmon hooked and lost over the fortnight.

Brian McEvoy had a salmon estimated at 11lb caught and released on a spinner from The Meadow on 1st March. #CPRSavesFish

The forecast is for higher air temperatures with lighter precipitation so the river should fall to more desirable levels over the coming week and prospects are picking up.

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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.

For information and bookings on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see
Tel: 071 9841055 (8am to 12 noon).
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