The long wait for the first Drowes salmon of 2016 is over. Ballybofey angler Eddie Roulston landed the first fish from the river, weighing just under 8lbs from the Trout Pool on a red flying c with copper blade. The water level rose slightly in recent days but remains under 7 on the gauge at 0.698 metres.
A prize of a GoPro camera remains for the first caught and released salmon from the river this season.
Conditions remain fairly good with above average temperatures. Further rain and strengthening winds are forecast over the coming days. There is a full moon and large tides of over 4 metres on Sunday.
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.
Eddie Roulston and his son Nash with the first salmon from the river in 2016.
The first Drowes fish of the season fell to this red flying c with copper blade.
Eddie with the first fish from the Drowes of 2016.
Eddie pictured fishing at the Soft Hole earlier in the month.
Two former captors of the first fish of the season, Joe Broderick and Eoin Mc Manus try their luck..
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Rather cloudy, misty but dry over the northern half of the country this morning. Rain spreading across Munster, Connacht and south Leinster will become persistent and heavy at times in southern coastal areas. The rain will extend to the rest of the country this afternoon, becoming light and intermittent in most areas by evening. Moderate to fresh, locally strong, southerly winds will back southeasterly for a time with the onset of rain. Generally mild; highest temperatures 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.
Although it will stay mostly cloudy across the country tonight, many places will become dry. However, southern and western coastal districts will have spells of drizzle, together with fog patches. Southerly winds will tend to moderate over land and it will remain mild. Lowest temperatures 6 to 9 degrees Celsius.
Further drizzle and fog in southern and western coastal districts during Sunday but mainly dry elsewhere. Most places will remain cloudy, although it may become bright at times to the north of high ground. Southerly winds will strengthen gradually during the day but it will be very mild for late January. Highest temperatures 12 to 14 degrees Celsius.
Sunday night will see rain and drizzle becoming more widespread across the country with the most persistent falls occurring in western counties. Fresh, southerly winds will continue overnight and it will be rather mild. Monday will begin generally wet but rain and drizzle will clear eastwards to a mixture of sunshine and showers during the morning. Winds will veer southwesterly, moderate to fresh and it will continue relatively mild for late January. It will become mainly dry and clear for a time early on Monday night but rain and strengthening southerly winds will sweep in from the Atlantic to affect all parts of the country later.
Tuesday next will be a rather wet and windy day in all areas, with south to southwest winds remaining strong and gusty throughout. The rain is likely to be heaviest across the western half of the country, and will not clear eastwards until early on Tuesday night. With the clearance, winds will veer westerly, fresh to strong, showers will soon follow and it will turn much cooler. Fresh to strong, westerly or southwesterly winds will persist on Wednesday, making it feel cold. It will be a showery day with occasional sunshine, and some of the showers may be wintry over higher ground in the north and west. There will be little change in this showery situation on Wednesday night and it will remain quite breezy also. The night will be colder but probably too windy for significant frost.
The latter part of next week will see a return to higher than normal temperatures but it is likely to be rather windy throughout, mostly cloudy overall and with bands of rain crossing the country from time to time.
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Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level
The fish weighed just under 8lbs.
A snow capped Arroo. Temperatures have since risen to over 10 degrees Celsius.
Daybreak over Melvin.
The Four Masters’ Bridge remains closed for the foreseeable future.
Video of the fishery shot by angling photographer Gardiner Mitchell.