Garret Byrne
Garret Byrne with the first salmon of the season #CPRSavesFish

The first salmon of the season was caught at 1:45pm today on the River Drowes. Unlucky 13 for some, but 13 January will always be remembered as a lucky day by Garrett Byrne.

Garret was fishing at Lareen when he met this lovely fresh run fish. Fishing a weighted fly to get down in the river was the tactic that worked on the day. Garrett released his salmon after safely landing it, and the weight was estimated at 12lb.

salmon fly
A heavy fly was needed to get down to where the fish were


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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
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