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Thunder and Lightning

10 June 2014

Fishing has been quiet today and yesterday after steady if unspectacular fishing since the start of the month. The weather may have played a part in turning the fish off the boil as thundery conditions and lightning flashes saw many fishing with carbon rods beat a hasty retreat from the river bank. The thunderstorms have brought some welcome fresh water and the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is now showing 0.5 metres and rising. Today was more settled and quite sunny in the afternoon but at time of writing this evening just one fish had been reported from the Meadow on spinner. Previously fishing had been pretty steady with multiple fish reported each day except June 3rd when only one fish was reported. June 2nd fished best with 8 fish, followed by May 31st and June 5th, accounting for 6 fish each. Prawn has accounted for by far the majority of fish so far this month with just 9 on fly, 8 on spinner and 4 on worm. Apart from a few double figure fish most of the fish recorded have been in the 4 to 5lbs range. There is still no sign of what could be considered a main run of grilse and numbers of fish appear to be much less than were present in the system at this time last year. The trend does seem to be toward inexorably later grilse runs, irrespective of prevailing water levels or general conditions. Perhaps the little fresh water ahead of Friday the 13th’s full moon and large tides will entice more of the silver tourists home. The weather outlook is for much drier, settled weather until at least the middle of next week with temperatures approaching the high teens.

Thunder and Lightning – probably the most appropriate fly for this week.
Pic favoriteflies.net

George Matier with his fish from the 4th Sea Pool on June 6th.

Billy Gilbert with two fresh run grilse from the Spa Well on May 31st.

D. Mc Clelland and D. Peach at the Sea Pools on May 29th.
Pic courtesy D. Tritton

Jens Frey with his well deserved fish on fly from Mowats which he returned to after having lost a larger fish there the previous day.

Tides for June .

Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Becoming mainly dry overnight, with clear spells. Misty in places, with some fog patches. Minimum temperatures 8 to 11 Celsius, with light to moderate southwesterly breezes.
Wednesday will be mainly dry, with sunny spells, but a few isolated showers may occur and cloud will increase from the southwest later. Maximum temperatures 17 to 20 Celsius, with light to moderate, mainly southwesterly winds, but sea breezes will develop in coastal areas.
General : A lot of dry weather is indicated, with only small amounts of rainfall, mainly early in the period. Warm later, with better sunshine expected.
Generally dry on Wednesday night apart from some light patchy rain or drizzle on western and northern coasts. Mild with lows of 9 to 12 degrees.
Cloudy on Thursday in parts of the west and the north with more patchy rain and drizzle. Elsewhere there will be some spells of hazy sunshine. A warm close day with highs of 18 to 21 degrees in moderate southerly breezes. Overnight on Thursday light rain will start to spread eastwards across the country A mild night with lows of 10 to 13 degrees.
There will be some light and patchy rain about during Friday, mainly in the morning, but drier brighter spells should develop during the afternoon and evening, with some sunshine in places. Top temperatures of 17 to 20 C.
High pressure looks like building over the country from Saturday onwards. This will bring a good deal of dry weather for the country, with a mixture of cloudy periods and sunny spells. These clouds may produce a little drizzle in parts of the north and west of the country. Temperatures should be in the mid to high teens and may reach into the early twenties, in some central, southern and eastern areas, each afternoon.
The largely dry and settled weather looks like continuing into the early days of next week. Temperatures look set to be in the high teens or low twenties, with some good sunny spells at times.

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Today’s Temperatures.
Water 14.2c
Air 15c

Wind W 06
Humidity 86%
Pressure 1015 (hPa)

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

Peter Frey with his fish from the Eel Weir on June 2nd.
Pic courtesy J. Frey

Mark Hobson with his fish from the Mill Pool on 1st of June.

Johnny Philpott with his fish from the Blackwater on prawn on Saturday 7th June.

Francois Olivier with his fish from the Trout Pool on May 30th.
Pic courtesy L. Clarke

Thomas Colgan with his fish from the Eel Weir on June 5th.

Paul Mc Gowan with his double figure fish from the Mill Pool on May 30th.

John Ford with his fish from the Sea Pool on June 4th.

Richard Todd with his fish from June 5th.

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