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New fishing season under way

Local anglers toasting the beginning of the new season

Local anglers toasting the beginning of the new season

WE awoke on Wednesday, opening day of the season, to a beautiful spring morning. The rain hadn’t been as heavy as forecast overnight and thankfully the Finn had dropped into perfect order, sitting around two feet at Glenmore Bridge.

While this was great news for those travelling to Donegal, disappointingly the big water has meant that the water at Lifford on the River Foyle was too high for opening morning for those venturing out on the Strabane/Lifford Anglers water.

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Anglers from all over Ireland made their way to the River Finn, for many of them this would be their first casts of the 2017 season. As in previous years the anglers at Glenmore had agreed to meet at the lodge for the now annual possession down to the river to make a toast for a successful year.

It was an absolutely glorious morning to make the walk from the new anglers hut down to the chapel footbridge, where a small glass of whiskey was poured into the river to bring in the new year’s fishing season.

The Glenmore Fishery manager, my twin brother Jarlath, had the privilege of making the first casts at the footbridge. While there was no immediate success, I am sure with the ideal water height and the mild temperatures it won’t be long until the first spring salmon on the river Finn has been landed. At the time of writing this, as of yet I have had no reports of a fish being landed.

On behalf of the Glenmore Estate, I would like to pass on a huge thank you to The Loughs Agency and their Sustainable Development Project for providing funding that has seen the addition of the new anglers hut, drying room, car park and composting toilet to the facilities at the lodge.

Hopefully this project will help add to the enjoyment of people coming to Glenmore, helping sustain and encouraging the continued use of the river. The composting toilet adds an environmentally friendly addition to the facilities at Glenmore.

The facilities at Glenmore are now amongst the best provided and exceed what anglers encounter across Ireland and many of Europe’s other top rivers. Anyone looking to fish at Glenmore contact Jarlath on 00353868133869 or call in and see myself at River Mourne Guns and Tackle (02871886218).

On behalf of all the Staff at River Mourne Guns and Tackle, Jeff and myself I would like to wish everyone much success in the coming year, let’s hope it’s a fantastic year on the rivers of the Foyle System.
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