The first of June arrived with 24 hours of heavy rain which saw water levels climb to 0.65 metres on the gauge, a good start to the month. Numbers of grilse entering the system increased during the month and fishing was well ahead of the same period last year apart from a few spells of bright sunshine which made conditions more difficult. Now, at the end of the first week in July water levels have dropped steadily, apart from a very small rise yesterday. The gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is now reading 0.4 metres, a low summer level but encouragingly there are still good numbers of fish entering the system. A mixture of grilse of 3 to 4lbs and some larger fish are running and despite the low water, are quickly passing through to Lough Melvin.
The weather is forecast to remain unsettled this week and over the weekend. With sufficient rainfall we could see a small rise in water levels by the start of next week.
Brian Mc Clintock with his fish from the Red Roof during the week.
Tides for July.
Dave Peach with his fish from the start of June. Pic courtesy D. Peach
Dennis Tritton with his fish from the Mill Pool at the beginning of June. Pic courtesy D. Peach
Danial Catalain from Spain with his fish on spinner in torrential rain on June 1st.
Jens Frey with his fish from the Black Hole on 2nd June.
Jens with his fish from the Mill Pool on Cascade on 5th June.
Jens has a nice YouTube video of his fish from the Mill Pool below
Bernard Breslin with his fish from the Perch Pool on a Willie Gunn on June 4th.
Stuart Morgan with his fish from the Blackwater on 3rd June.
Brian Mc Evoy with his 8.5lbs fish from the Blackwater on June 6th.
Nash Mc Daid with his June 6th fish from Rooney’s Turn.
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Cool and breezy this evening and tonight, with showers or longer bursts of heavy rain in places. Some clear spells also, best late in the night, when most of the showers will become confined to north and northeastern areas. Lowest temperatures 9 to 12 C., in fresh and gusty northwest winds.
A breezy start to Wednesday, over Ulster and Leinster, where a few further showers can be expected. But drier here by afternoon, with some sunny spells. A drier, brighter start elsewhere, with a mix of sunny spells and cloudy periods. But a fresh, rather cool day for July, with highs of just 14 to 19 C. Fresh and gusty northwesterly winds at first, will decrease to moderate during the afternoon and evening.
The weather is set to remain changeable for the rest of the week and the weekend.
Wednesday Night: Mainly dry with clear spells and turning pretty cool for early July as temperatures dip to between 6 and 9 C. With very
little breeze or calm conditions, some mist patches forming for a short time around dawn.
Thursday: A cool, dry start, with sunny spells. But cloudy, drizzly weather will push into Connacht, west Munster and west Ulster, as the day progresses. Highs here of 16 to 18 C., in a freshening southerly breeze. Many central and eastern areas should hold dry, with a mix of sunny spells and cloudy periods. Highs here of 19 or 20 C. Mild and misty overnight, with some rain and drizzle in Atlantic coastal regions, but a lot of dry weather elsewhere. Lows 12 to 14 C.
Friday: It will be a humid, close, but breezy day, with fresh and gusty southerly winds, which will be strong at times, in exposed western coastal areas. The best of any bright weather will be in midland and eastern parts of the country, where a little hazy sunshine may break through at times. Temperatures here will range 19 to 22 C. But Atlantic coastal counties will start off wet, with some coastal fog, with highs here of just 16 to 18 C. That rain will extend eastwards across the country through the afternoon and evening, but may be slow to reach eastern and northeastern coastal counties.
Fresher more showery weather, will follow from the Atlantic, overnight.
The weather for next weekend will be mixed. There will be some dry bright weather at times, but there will be showers or longer spells of rain also.
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Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level
Stuart Morgan with his 11lbs fish from the Meadow on June 13th.
Paddy O’ Malley with his 4lbs and 8lbs fish on fly from Briney’s on June 4th.
The fly that banked 2 for Paddy O’ Malley and lost another much larger fish in a few hours fishing.
Bill Likely with his fish from the Sand Hole on the 7th June.
Johnny Mc Brearty with his fish from the Mill Pool in bright sunshine, on a Cascade on June 8th.
Gerard Gondois with his fish from The Eel Weir on 14th June.
Didier Gondois with his fish from the Eel Weir on June 16th.
Bruno NoNo Piker Pecaul with his fish from the Black Hole on June 16th.
Michael Power with his first fish of the week from the Blackwater on a self tied Cascade. Pic courtesy M. Power
Frank Doherty with his fish from Corry Clay on a size 16 Green Ava.
Philip Mc Grath with his fish from the Mill Pool on June 4th.
Matthias Lex with his fish from Tinkers on fly.
Mike Williams with his 2 fish from the Sea Pools on June 26th.
Mike Williams with his fish from the Blackwater on June 28th.
Paul Rippingale with his fish last week.
Maite from Spain with her 2 fish from the Red Roof on July 2nd.
Low water on a calm Lough Melvin.
Sea Pools during the week.
Summer sunset and Slieve League across Donegal Bay at the Drowes estuary.
Sad News From Germany
News reached us yesterday of the passing of Reiner Troester from Duisburg in Germany. Reiner had been an ardent fisher of the Drowes for over quarter of a century. He enjoyed listening to, or recounting tall fishing tales in the tackle shop during his frequent visits to the fishery with his wife Gertrude and fishing friends Dieter and Helmut. He was passionate about Ireland, about fly fishing and about the Drowes. As well as being an avid angler he was also very artistic and creative. He will probably be best remembered to many anglers on the Drowes as the creator of the fishery map which features on our brochure, the tackle shop and many pubs and restaurants throughout the area.
Sincere sympathy is expressed to his wife Gertrude, family and wide circle of friends
Ar dheis de do raibh a anam