With good water levels from a flood the previous weekend and another flood on Thursday 9th July, the Ilen produced good catches for the week with 27 salmon reported.
Most of these fish were taken on River Ilen Anglers Club waters and ranged from 5lb-12lb with a father and daughter catching 3 fish 6, 8 and 10lb on the Monday and another club member landing 4 fresh grilse in a 30 min flurry on the 9th.
The River Ilen is a medium size spate river that fishes best on a dropping flood for both salmon and sea trout. Spinning, worm and fly fishing are the methods used and allowed on club water.
The river is beautiful and a joy to fish, pools along club waters are easily accessible with seats, steps and stiles put in place for the anglers comfort. With selective tree pruning done along the river in recent years fly fishing has become a more available option especially on the lower river with numerous pools opened up to suit fly fishermen, night time fly fishing for sea trout is a pleasure with great stocks of trout entering the river from April.