It’s been a fortnight since my last article, since then we had mixed weather.
Last weekend the 13th May we finally had rain which while for many people it was disappointing to see the end of the dry spell, those were not feelings shared by the anglers on the Foyle.
It has been the driest Spring we have experienced since 2010. The rain brought a much needed fresh to both the Finn and Mourne, both of which were experiencing drought conditions.
The dry conditions had meant that the fishing had been good on the lower Mourne and River Foyle. It has however seen too many good Spring fish become susceptible to fungus growth and fish have been noted washed up or looking quite lethargic along our banks.
There was a number of good catches to the end of last week and through the weekend before the arrival of the rain on Sunday. Successful anglers included Mark Logue, who had two fish during the week, Luke O’Neill had a fish two mornings running at the Old Bridge.
Anthony Devenney had a good fish on the bubble, Patsy McHugh had two lovely fish of around 9lbs and 11lbs.
Paul McMenamin took the lead in the in the Dale Alexander trophy with a beauty of a fish from Houstons on the lower Mourne.
The fish weighed in at 14lbs and is the best Spring fish landed to date on the River.
The rain through Sunday into Monday had the Finn reading 5ft at the gauge in Glenmore. By Monday evening we had reports of two fish on the Lower Finn, Pearse McKernan had a 9lbs fish on the fly and Ronnie Quigley landed his third for the season the Finn Angling Club waters.
On Tuesday the Finn had fell to two feet and was unsettled during the day. It was quiet for catches until the evening when Colin Boyd and Jarlath Winters both had fish of around 6lbs from Glenmore on the River Finn.
The Mourne took a bit longer to fall into order, finally coming into the pink on Wednesday. Finbar Finlay and David Gallagher landed a fish a piece from the Gravenue, both on the fly.
With the forecast for rain towards the end of the week, let’s hope that the river stay up and clean and the good catches continue.