NW anglers make light of dry conditions

Jarlath Winnetrs with his catch

Jarlath Winnetrs with his catch

DESPITE low water conditions the Rivers Mourne and Foyle have continued to produce fish over the last fortnight.

Water levels continue to fall and with the good weather expected to continue for at least another week and it doesn’t look like we are going to see things get any better, with little prospect of rain.


While this is not productive for good fishing on up river, it does mean that there are likely to be fish caught on the tidal sections.

Last week we had a number of fish landed on the River Mourne and in Sion Mills.

On Friday last visiting angler Nick Howell caught and released a fish in the Gravanue on the Sion Mills water. His first ever spring salmon was a well made fish easily 10lb.

The following day Jarlath Winters landed a cracking fish of nearly 13lbs which was also safely released. Dermot Gormley also managed a fish of around 10lbs.

Frank Elliott began his account for the year, after disappointingly failing to hold onto a fish on Saturday.Frank caught and released his first salmon of the year at Lifford Bridge on Sunday.

Shaun Corrigan caught and released a beautiful fresh springer, also around 11lbs on Sunday morning on the Fly at Lifford.

Top rod so far this year has been Degan Gamble, who managed another couple of fish over the weekend.

Haggis Mc Garrigle had a lovely fish of arould 11lbs from Houston Grahams.

On Tuesday Philip Miller landed his first fish of the season and this is also his first Spring Salmon. A fish of around 9lbs.

There was also quite a few fish hooked and lost.

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