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Ireland’s first salmon

Ireland’s first salmon

The first Irish salmon of 2018 was taken by Bill Likely on Tuesday, January 30, from the Point of the Meadow on the river Drowes and weighed in at 7.5lb, writes John Todd. Bill, who works for the fishery, will be well known to all Drowes regulars and as well as the honour of catching Ireland’s first salmon of the year he also collected the Drowes Perpetual Cup for the first time.

For much of January the river has been flooded and difficult to access and fish but in the last few days water levels started to fall away slowly and the weather became a little milder. This same week also saw a blue moon (the second full moon in a calendar month) and a blood moon, the first time the two have coincided since 1866. Perhaps the high spring tides that came with this unusual lunar occurrence have encouraged a few fish to run as another fresh salmon was lost shortly before Bill captured his prize.

At the time of going to press, the rivers Lee, Munster Blackwater, Delphi and Butler Pool in Waterville had all recorded their first salmon of the season, and the Drowse had recorded another springer. The Delphi fishing season got off to a great start on opening day when Pat Hagan from North County Dublin landed the first fish of the season, a 7lb 9ox fish from the Waterfall pool. Later on in February, Lough Currane finally gotits first springer as fish fell to lure and fly and the Butler Pool continued to produce to the fly. Delphi also saw a few more springers caught.

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