Ireland 06.06.11

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Ireland – June 6, 2011
Fresh Salmon on the upper beats!

This fine 9.2 pounder was taken on fly on Beat 9 on the upper river
on Saturday, June 4 by Ronan Brennan from Wicklow

This sea-liced 12.8 pounder was caught by Mike O’Driscoll (Cork)
on June 1 on the Island Stream on Beat 5 – Lower Kilmurry.

With little or no rain in the last couple of weeks, plus high temperatures
& strong winds, the river level has fallen quickly.
This has slowed up the run of fish, but some very fresh (even large) fish
are getting through to the upper beats.

Beat 9 – where the fish above was caught – is over 20 miles upstream of the Lodge in the Castletownroche area.

There were also a couple of grilse lost on fly on Sunday 5th. at Beat 7 – Ballyhooly Bridge (17 miles upriver),
& a sea-liced grilse was released on Beat 3 on the lower river this morning (6th.).

The water temperature had risen to 13.5ºC during the hot weather last week when air temps. maxed at 26ºC!
This week is going to be cooler (12-15ºC) & broken weather with some rain especially next weekend.
The water clarity throughout the beats is about 5-6 feet today.

In the last 10 days, we have caught 15 salmon & grilse to 13lb. with only 2 blank days,
including 4 fish from the upper river which should probably have been fished harder.
This is a very good result considering the low water, bright sun & strong winds which prevailed.
The total catch for May was 45 to 14½lb.    , and we have caught 6 to 12.8lb. so far for June. The season total to date is 63.

A good flood is what is really needed to get the fish moving (especially the larger ones), but at least the change
in the weather should encourage them more than the very hot very windy weather of last week.

We have caught 41 so far for May and 53 for the season in total.
By 10.00am this morning I already had a report of a 6 pounder on fly from the upper river.