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May Starts Well

6 May 2015

Apologies for the lack of reports for the past month. There had been some technical difficulties uploading new pics to the reports page which are now resolved. This report will be a bit of an omnibus as it will cover the entire month of April.
First to present conditions. Fishing has been quite good since the start of May. On Saturday 2nd, 6 fish were reported, 2 on worm, 4 on spinner. On Sunday 7 fish were taken, 2 on prawn, 1 on worm and 4 on spinner. On Monday 2 fish were lost on fly and another spinning and T. Parker had a lovely 6.5lbs fish on a Cascade tube from the Mill Pool. Today, the water has been rising all day but 3 fish have been reported at time of writing.
The forecast for the rest of the week is for more rain, of varying intensity, accompanied by cool and breezy conditions for Wednesday and Thursday morning.
The water level is currently at 0.739 on the gauge and rising. Water temperature is currently 10 degrees Celcius.

Tony Parker with his fish from the Mill Pool yesterday evening. Tony has released his first 2 fish this season.

Tony’s Fly.

Marty O’ Hara netting Tony’s fish yesterday evening.

Chris Mc Daid with his fish from the Mill Pool in heavy rain on Tuesday 5th May.
Photo courtesy Chris Mc Daid

Jean Marc from France with his 10lbs salmon from Lareen Bay Lough Melvin yesterday evening.

Mads Pedersen and Henrik Mortensen at the fishery for 3 days of casting tuition and fishing seminars at the weekend.

Kieran Kelly with his 6.5lbs fish from the Meadow on Saturday.

Eddie Roulston with his 6lbs fish from the Grazings on Saturday.

Gary Morrow’s 13lbs and Daryl Kennedy’s 7.5lbs fish, both on prawn from the High Bank and Wash Stones, respectively, on Sunday.

David Cahill with his 9.5lbs fish from the Blackwater on black flying c.

Joe Darragh with his 7lbs fish on flying c from the Money Hole on Sunday.

Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Rain and drizzle in parts of the west and northwest will spread to all parts tonight, with some heavy falls likely. Lows of 4 to 7 degrees in fresh to strong westerly winds.

Cool and breezy on Wednesday with further outbreaks of rain during the morning and early afternoon. It will brighten up later in the afternoon with showers developing. Highs of 10 to 14 degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds.

Wednesday night will bring clear spells with showers becoming confined to coastal areas of the West and North. It will turn cold with the winds easing and temperatures will fall to between 2 and 4 degrees with a touch of frost in sheltered rural areas, and some mist and fog patches.

Thursday will be a mainly dry day with just a few isolated showers and a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Winds will be mostly light and it will be rather cool with highest temperatures of 9 to 13 degrees, coolest in Northern parts of the country.

Heavy rain looks set to spread Northwards over the country on Thursday night and Friday morning accompanied by freshening Easterly winds. It will stay cool and wet in Northern parts well into Friday evening or Friday night. Southern parts should brighten up though and turn a bit milder Friday afternoon with sunshine and showers.

This coming weekend looks to be unsettled with showers or longer spells of rain but some dry periods also. It will be blustery at times with temperatures around the low to mid teens.

Today’s Temperatures.
Water 10c
Air 9c

Wind SW 13
Humidity 91%
Pressure 985(hPa)

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

Brendan Burns with his 9lbs fish on a Willie Gunn from the Upper Mill on Wednesday 29th April.

Brian Mc Clintock with his fish from the Red Roof on Tuesday 28th April.

Sean Mc Neice with his 15.5lbs fish from Kelly’s Ground on Monday 27th April.

Chris Mc Govern with his 9.5lbs fish from the Mill Pool on April 19th.

A fish apiece for W. Marshall and S. Morgan from the Wash Stones on prawn.

Harry Lloyd with his fish 8lbs from the Meadow on April 13th.

Harry Lloyd with his fish 8lbs from the Meadow on April 18th.

Padraig Deeny with his 7lbs fish on fly from Mowats on April 18th.

A 9.5lbs trout caught trolling rapala in Lareen Bay by a guest on April 16th.

Julian Ciconte with his 10lbs fish on flying c from the Trout Pool on April 15th.
Photo courtesy Julian Ciconte

Chris Mc Daid with his 9.5lbs fish from the Mill Pool on April 16th.

Mike Ashley with his 8lbs fish on prawn from the Old Sea Pool on April 14th.

Shane Caskey with his 12lbs fish on fly from Lennox’s on April 14th.

Stephen Smyth with the first of 2 fish he had over 2 days on 13th/14th April, both on Willie Gunn.

Billy Grimes with his fish from the Meadow on fly on April 13th.

Billy Grimes’ fly box.

Darren Mc Nelis with his 8lbs fish on a self tied fly from the Nursery on April 11th.

Paul Mc Causland with his 13lbs fish from the Cascades on April 10th.

Prionnsias Doherty with his 12lbs fish from the Meadow on April 9th.

Bernard Mc Cullough with his 11lbs fish from the Otter Hole on April 10th.

Ryan Burke with his 8lbs fish on flying c from the Wee Drain on April 8th.

Davey Mc Kee with his 12lbs fish on worm from the Mill Pool on April 7th.

Karen Ferguson with her 8lbs fish on spinner from the Sea Pool on April 4th.

Brian Mc Evoy releasing a fish from the Meadow on April 2nd.

Joe Broderick with his 12lbs fish on Rapala from the Money Hole on April 2nd.

John Parkinson with his 11lbs fish from the Meadow on April 1st.

Mill Pool.

Corner of the Blackwater.

Bright sunshine at the Cascades. Conditions were very bright and sunny for the week after Easter

Fly fishing the Upper Mill.

Heron at the Red Roof.

Rain clouds at Melly’s High Bank yesterday evening.

Sunset at the Drowes estuary during the good weather in April.

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Shane Gallagher



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