The fishing has been more in line with what one would expect for the third week in February, with ten fish reported for the week. After the fish on Monday and Tuesday there was a blank on Wednesday with 2 more fish on Thursday, 3 on Friday, a blank despite a large amount of rods out on Saturday and a further 2 reported in wet and windy conditions today. The weather has turned very unsettled and heavy wintry showers have risen water levels to 0.683 on the gauge this evening. It is likely to be over 0.7 metres by morning and with further heavy rain forecast will most likely continue rising during the week.
The first fly caught fish of the 2015 season was landed by Tony Mc Cabe from the Upper Mill Pool on Thursday morning. The 10lbs 6oz fish took a Willie Gunn variant. On Thursday afternoon Eddie Roulston had a 9lbs 4oz fish on a golden tiger rapala from the Grazings. At lunchtime on Friday Sean Mc Neice had a beautiful, deep fish of 14lbs 9oz on prawn from Rooney’s Turn, William Marshall had a fish of approximately 8lbs on prawn from the Mill Pool later in the afternoon and John O’ Donnell had a fish of around 8lbs on black flying c from Peter’s High Bank later in the day.
Saturday saw a lot of rods out on what was a bitterly cold day with some heavy wintry showers but no fish were reported. Today, Sunday, at time of writing Jason Nash reported a fish of approximately 7lbs on a black and copper flying c from Briney’s and Simon Harris recorded a fish of around 9lbs on a black and orange flying c from above the Turn Hole.
Lost & Found.
A pair of sun glasses was found at the Blackwater Pool and are available for collection by the owner from the tackle shop, Lareen.
Sean Mc Neice’s 14lbs 9oz fish from Rooney’s Turn on Friday.
Tony Mc Cabe with his fish from the Upper Mill on Thursday.
Casting a fly on the Mill Pool on Friday.
Eddie Roulston with his fish from the Grazings on Thursday.
The rapala that took Eddie’s fish on Thursday.
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Windy and cold overnight with scattered heavy showers, mainly over the western half of the country. Westerly winds will be strongest along Atlantic coastal counties with some severe gusts. Lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees with patches of frost.
Very windy and showery again tomorrow with further severe gusts across Connacht, Ulster and west Munster. Cold with highest temperatures of 5 to 7 degrees.
Headline : Very unsettled weather will continue for the rest of the week.
Monday night : Very cold and windy, with clear spells and showers also, mainly of rain or hail, but some wintry showers of sleet are likely, mainly in the north and west. Min. 0 to 3 Celsius, with some frost in sheltered places. Strong W to NW winds will slowly ease.
Tuesday : Very cold and windy, but bright, with sunny spells. Some further scattered showers also, mainly of rain or hail, but a few wintry showers are possible, mainly over high ground in the north. Max. 5 to 8 Celsius, in a fresh to strong west to northwest wind, gradually easing.
Later Tuesday, milder conditions, with rain, will develop along Atlantic coasts, spreading to all areas early on Tuesday night.
Wednesday : Mild and breezy, with good dry intervals, mainly in the midlands, east and south, but patchy rain and drizzle will occur, mainly along Atlantic coasts. Max. 9 to 12 Celsius, in a moderate to fresh west to southwest breeze. On Wednesday night, heavy rain, with strong southwesterly winds, will spread from the Atlantic, clearing by morning to scattered showers, but turning very cold again.
Thursday : Very cold and windy, with sunny spells and occasional showers, mainly of rain and hail, with a risk of thunder, but some wintry over high ground in the west and north. Max. 5 to 8 Celsius, in a fresh to strong westerly wind.
Friday : Still cold, but mainly dry and bright, with sunny spells and moderate westerly winds.
Next weekend : Early indications are for milder conditions, but wet and windy at times.
Wind SW 18 Gust 38
Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level
Some aerial footage of the River Drowes and Lough Melvin. A very big thanks to Darragh and Marty for some great work.
William Marshall with his fish from the Mill Pool on Friday.
John O’ Donnell with his fish from Peter’s High Bank on Friday.
Casting a fly at the Mill Pool on Friday.
Spring perfection. Sean Mc Neice’s fish on Friday.
Jason Nash with his fish from Briney’s on Sunday.
Photo courtesy M. O’ Driscoll