Monday 2nd to Sunday 8th March 2020.
The Drowes was still running at a high level on Monday (1.07m) but with the lower precipitation over the week the river dropped nicely and by Sunday the gauge had dropped to nicer water levels with the gauge reading of 0.87m.
Angling attendance was higher this week especially at the weekend despite the stormy weather on Saturday. The net result was that the river fished very well especially at the weekend. It would seem fresh salmon have been there for a while but low angling effort meant catches were light.
On Tuesday, Richard Todd recorded an 11lb salmon caught on a Black Flying ‘C’ lure from the Old Sea Pool.
On Thursday, Paul McCausland reported a 7lb fish caught on worm from the Mill Pool.
On Friday, Bill Likely accounted for a 9½lb salmon caught on a Rapala Lure.
On Saturday, Marty King recorded a 12lb salmon caught on a prawn from the Wee Drain. Joe Broderick reported a 6½lb salmon caught on a Rapala lure from The Grazings. Michael Joyce recorded an 8lb salmon caught from The Stoppage on a Rapala lure and Willie Goulding accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Flagstones.
On Sunday, there were a further two salmon caught and we are awaiting details of the same.
The river is rising again slightly at the time of writing and prospects look good. More rain and lower air temperatures are forecasted from mid-week on but those that brave conditions have a good chance of being rewarded with a ‘big bar of silver’!
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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.
For information and bookings on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com
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