THE run of fish coming into both the River Finn and Mourne this week has been nothing short of exceptional.
It has been a long time since we experienced such a good run of grilse on our rivers. Fish are being caught from top to toe on both rivers with a mixture of good grilse and the occasional larger summer salmon. The conditions for fishing remain good and with more patchy rain forecast over the next week the rivers should remain topped up.
One of our more senior anglers came into the shop this week and explained to me that from his records it was the best June’s fishing since 1993 – almost 23 years since we had such a head of fish entering our system. I hope that this is some indication that the fishing may be improving.
Not only have the salmon come in in better numbers but we also have a good number of sea trout running the Mourne and Finn. Over the last couple of years we have seen an improvement in the once dwindling sea trout stocks, however this year a number of anglers have been successful in targeting the whites. I have had reports of sea trout over the pound and a half mark caught in Strabane and Sion.
Darren McGrath had a trout of almost two pounds from the hole in Sion and Jackie Begley landed a trout of a similar size in the Clabberyards in Strabane.
There have been loads of salmon caught over the last week. I wont be able to mention all the catches however a few of note are as follows; Kerry Hardy landed eight out of 14 hooked at Letterbrick on the Finn, Shane McGurk had two on the Mourne, Tony Duffy had two from the Mourne, Jarlath had a brace of salmon three days running at Glenmore pool. Chris Adams had two fish on both the Mourne and the Finn, Terry Morrison had a brace from the Mourne just to name a few.
David Scadding from the Highlands of Scotland returned home for the first time in 47 years and local man Finbar Finlay took him up the Finn as he was a member of the Glebe Club back in the 1960’s. He landed three in an hour at Glenmore streams and lost another six the previous day.
I’m sure he was glad to be home. Who needs Scotland, the fishing here must be amongst the best and David remarked on the quality of the fishing on the Foyle and how beautiful our rivers are.