Shane Gallagher reports on the opening day on the Drowes Fishery…

01 January: No fresh salmon were reported at the end of the first day of the 2023 angling season. Conditions were cold but calm and dry with water levels at 0.77 metres on the gauge. The weather for tomorrow is forecast mostly dry so water levels should continue to drop slowly.

opening day on the drowes 2023

I would like to thank everyone who fished or called in today and wish our friends and anglers everywhere a very happy, healthy New Year and Tight Lines for the new season.

There will be no increase in permit prices for the 2023 season. Day permits remain at €25 and season permits at €300.

Our online availability calendar and online booking facility for our holiday cottages is now available at

Listen in…

For the first Ireland on the Fly podcast of 2023, Tom and Daire are joined by Shane Gallagher of the Drowes Fishery to hear how the opening few days of the salmon season went. Listen to the podcast here…

Go fishing…

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).
Mob: +353 (0) 87 8050806