WHILE parts of Ireland and the U.K have been in the grips of a heat wave, the weather here has been overcast and muggy. The rain had threatened at times but never materialised. This has probably benefited anglers in the town sections, however it has done little to encourage the first of the summer grilse into the river systems in any great numbers.
We have also experienced good tides this week and on a number of mornings and evenings the tide had killed the streams on the Mourne right up to the old Strabane Bridge. The fish from these tides have brought some success in the lower reaches of the Mourne on Strabane /Lifford and Sion Water.
I have reports of fresh fish caught at Strabane bridge by Luke O’Neill and Michael Roche. Grilse have been caught at Sion Mills by Sean Curran, Gareth Patton and Ronnie Quigley. Some fish have been landed above the weir, but the low water has inevitably seen most fish coming from the lower sections.
There has been success at Lifford on different ends of the age demographic. We had one of her youngest anglers William Green land his first fish of around 7lbs at Houstons on the point of the Mourne, while one of our most senior members Frank Elliott also had success from behind the hospital.
Another young angler who had his first fish for the year was Liam Quigley, a fish around 7lbs from the Gravenue at Sion Mills. I’m sure Liam will be glad to get off the bus coming from a family of successful local anglers, his father Ronnie and cousin Sean have been clocking up the numbers this year.
The Finn also had some success after a bit of rain last Friday. The rise didn’t last long but it was time enough for visiting angler Sandy from Warwickshire, fishing with her husband Mike to a capture a fish. The first lady angler in the book at Glenmore this year with this lovely hen fish of around 11lbs from the Realan. There were other fish reported on the Realan at the meetings. Andy Bowman and Sean Deeney had grilse around 4lbs, while Chris Adams had a fish of about 4lbs from Kee’s on the Finn.
Tuesday evening was extremely warm and it wasn’t really a surprise when we heard reports of localised torrential rain. The worst of these hit the upper Finn, at Lough Finn. An hour’s heavy downpour has seen the upper Finn burst its banks. While this rain is widely welcomed, it ferocity has meant that it has probably collapsed a few banks and the water is very dirty as a result of carrying a lot of sediment. It will take a day I’m sure to clean out.
The Mourne is also on the rise this morning as a result of these heavy showers hitting the Camowen and Drumreagh. So hopefully the fishing will be good as the water settles.
As I am finishing off this week’s report, I just got a text from another local angler reading, “Fish constantly going over the weir in Sion in case anyone asks in the shop.”
Let’s hope that’s a good indication for the week ahead. It should be well worth a throw. Tight lines!