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Six Weeks To Salmon Season 2015

20 November 2014

Just six weeks to go until the start of the 2015 salmon season on the river Drowes. The past number of weeks have seen heavy rainfall and the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is currently reading 0.8 metres, a good winter level. There has been increased activity in the water as fish pair off and jockey for position. Gillaroo spawning has been prodigious this season by all indications while salmon spawning has yet to get underway in earnest.
The salmon catch statistics for 2013 have been published by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The full report can be downloaded from salmon and sea trout report 2013

The total rod and line salmon catch for the river Drowes for 2013 was 904. Of which 590 were retained and 314 were released. Of these, 279 were multi sea winter fish, caught in the period 1st January to 31st May. Of these spring fish, 193 were retained while 86 were released. 625 one sea winter fish, or grilse were recorded in the period 1st June to 30th September. Of these 398 were retained and 228 were released. The peak months for catches were June and July. Fly, again accounted for the largest number of fish with 36%, followed by spinner, 25%, prawn/shrimp 19%, worm 15% and other 5%.
The TAC, Total Allowable Catch for the Drowes for 2015 has been set at 2739.
Some excellent news for early spring fishers is the announcement that the river Leannan will be open on a catch and release basis from January 1st. Hopefully this will be the first step in restoring what must be potentially, one of Europe’s pre-eminent early spring rivers, back to its rightful place.

There are little changes to announce ahead of the new season. Permit prices remain unchanged for 2015 at €25 for a day permit and €300 for a season permit. Fishing commences at 8.30am on Opening Day. The tackle shop will be open from 6am on New Year’s morning and from 8.30am on preceding mornings.
A GoPro Action Camera will again be on offer for the first caught and released spring salmon from the fishery of 2015 as part of the “Knock the priest on the head bring a camera instead” initiative.
There is an article on the fishery in the current (December) issue of Trout & Salmon magazine. Thanks again to Chris Mc Cully, Gardiner Mitchell and Denis O’ Toole for making it possible.

A good winter level.

An article on the fishery appears in the current issue of Trout & Salmon magazine.

Lareen Bay in Winter Sunshine .

The new fishery dog, Rusty, the Irish terrier.

All paws on deck ahead of opening day in just 6 weeks time.

Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Becoming cloudy in the southwest while fog lingers through the evening over much of Leinster, Connacht and Ulster.
Tonight the cloudy conditions will bring rain into the southwest and west, pushing northeastwards overnight. Winds will be light easterly but will increase moderate to fresh southeasterly, which will help lift the fog. Lowest temperatures will be between 4 and 8 degrees, coolest early in the night but temperatures will rise through the later part of the night.

During tomorrow morning the rain will spread countrywide. Sometimes turning heavy, especially in the south and later in the southeast. Highest temperatures staying between 9 and 13 degrees in moderate to fresh southeasterly winds.


Summary: Cool and mainly dry over the weekend.

Friday night: Cloudy, mild and blustery with scattered outbreaks of rain. Clearer, fresher weather will develop towards dawn.

Saturday: Mainly dry with sunny spells; just a few passing showers possible. A fresh day with temperatures of 9 to 12 degrees in moderate westerly winds. Apart from a few scattered showers dry, clear and cold Saturday night. Patches of fog and frost with lowest temperatures ranging +2 to -2 degrees.

Sunday: Another mainly dry day with sunny spells. Again perhaps just a few scattered showers about. Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees in light northwesterly breezes. Dry and cold Sunday night with clear spells. Patches of fog likely but also icy patches with air temperatures falling to between zero and -3 degrees leading to a sharp ground frost.

Monday: A cold sunny morning. Cloud will build during the day and rain will push into western areas from the Atlantic during the afternoon and evening. Highest temperatures 7 to 10 degrees. Light westerly breezes will back southerly and freshen. The rain will clear Monday night and frost may develop again by morning.

Tuesday: Cool and mainly dry with sunny spells. Possibly showers in the east and the northwest.

Today’s Temperatures.
Water 9.8c
Air 10c

Wind SE 07
Humidity 91%
Pressure 1022 (hPa)

Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level

Good water in the Mill Pool yesterday.

High water at Thomas’.

Blackwater Today.

Mornings have been misty this week but temperatures during the day have been above normal in bright winter sunshine.

Eel Weir.

Corner of Blackwater yesterday.

The view from the Footbridge today.

Crooked Hole.

Red Roof.

After a very mild Autumn and early winter grass is still green and there has yet to be even a hint of frost.

Salmon Fishing in Ireland

Shane Gallagher



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