The second longest ever wait for the first salmon of the new season from the river Drowes ended today when Brian Mc Clintock from Enniskillen landed the first fish from the river in 2015. The 7lbs 7oz fish took a yellow flying c from the Cascades just before 11am this morning. The fish had long tailed sea lice and was more than likely off this mornings tide.
The water level although still high at 0.86 metres, has been dropping slowly and today has been the mildest day since opening day, with water temperature starting to rise above 5.5c again.
The weather and water level have been very unsettled since opening day. We have had snow and storms and a second winter flood, topping 1.05 metres on January 17th. The water level has since been dropping very slowly and is just now coming into a good spring level.
The forecast for the rest of the week is for a return to cold conditions with strong winds, sleet and snow from tomorrow, with accumulations of up to 30cm forecast for the north and west.
I would like to thank all the anglers who fished since opening day, in at times very difficult conditions. The permit numbers of those who fished between opening day and today will be entered into a draw for a voucher for the tackle shop and fishery.
Brian Mc Clintock with the first salmon from the river in 2015.
Long tail sea lice show the fish has only just entered the river from the sea.
The yellow flying c that finally caught the elusive first salmon of the new season.
A small break in the storm clouds in the middle of the month.
The corner of the Blackwater during the recent snow.
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Mostly cloudy and dry this evening but patchy drizzle or light rain in the west which will become more persistent. Mild in a moderate southwesterly breeze.
Tonight rain or drizzle will become widespread and persistent. The rain will turn to sleet or snow towards dawn, especially in the north and west and over higher ground. Lowest temperatures of 1 to 5 degrees coldest in the northern half of the country. Fresh southwest winds will veer west to northwest and increase strong to gale force and gusty.
Tomorrow, Wednesday will be a very cold and windy day with widespread showers in the morning which will turn wintry, especially in the north and west, leading to some accumulations of snow there. There will be good sunny spells and further scattered showers during the afternoon and evening which are likely to turn wintry or possibly thundery in the north or east. Top temperatures of just 2 to 5 degrees in the strong and blustery westerly winds.
The wintry showers will continue on Wednesday night, becoming widespread overnight in the moderate to fresh westerly wind. Temperatures overnight will be well below freezing with frost and ice making hazardous driving conditions. The showers will be most frequently of snow overnight, bringing accumulations of several centimetres in many areas, particularly in the west and in the north.
There’ll be further wintry showers on Thursday, again frequently of snow. The showers will be most frequent over the hills and mountains of the west and north but all areas are at risk as they will be carried on the moderate to fresh westerly wind, which will veer northwest later. Temperatures will be only around 3 or 4 degrees in the afternoon on Thursday with a wind chill factor added in. Overnight on Thursday night temperatures will be below freezing again but the showers will start to retreat to the coasts of the west and north.
On Friday the showers will become more likely to be of rain and more likely to be confined to coastal counties of the west and north, although there will still be a risk of wintry precipitation over the hills and mountains, and it will still be rather cold, especially over night. Day time there will be some sunny periods in the east and south.
On Saturday and over the weekend, it will continue very cold as the airflow turns northerly. Wintry showers will continue, mainly in exposed northern and western areas with good spells of sunshine and severe frosts and icy roads by night.
Wind SW 12 Gust 23
Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level
Conditions were difficult at times, but an Irish “springer in the snow” is a rare prize.
Swans in the snow earlier in the month.
Fishing for what proved to be a very elusive first salmon.
Rusty seeing snow for the first time. He would have to wait another while to see his first salmon.
The Four Masters’ Bridge and Mill Pool during the snow.
A snowy dawn breaks over Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay.