THE weather has continued to be unsettled and it has meant that the Finn has remained at a good height for fishing all week. However reports have been slow since opening day with only a few kelts being landed.
Fortunes did change on Monday when the first fish was finally captured. Well done to Warren Campbell of the Cloghan Lodge Fishery who landed the first salmon on the Finn system.
Taken in the grilse stream just before 5pm on Monday afternoon, the fish weighed about 7/8lb.
Fair play to Warren, another great start to the season for him on his first day on the river and hopefully the start of another good season. The beautiful fresh sea liced springer was taken on the fly and was safely released by Warren who managed to get a quick picture.
This means there is still a prize up for grabs for the Glenmore ticket holder or day ticket to catch the first fish. A MacKenzie D2 Switch Rod sponsored by River Mourne Guns and Tackle, a bottle of Silkie Whiskey and a box of salmon flies tied by Finbar Finlay are still up for the taking. So best of luck to everyone this coming week.
Over the next month we will be building up to this years North West Angling Fair which will see the game angling world gather in Strabane.
The fair this year offers an unparalleled list of celebrities, guests and demonstrators from around the world. Keep in touch with what is going on through the Facebook page (North West Angling Fair)and I will do my best in the coming weeks to bring as much information as I can about the fair.