The very first fish of the season off the river was reported to have been caughton Tuesday on Killavullen club waters. It was verified as a springer by Fisheries officers.
This is probably the first time in living memory that the first
fish of the season has been recorded this far upstream, and is obviously a consequence of
the high water & mild temperatures.
Yesterday one of our rods lost a sea-liced fish of 8-10lb as he was trying to tail it from a high bank - he had forgotten his net!
There was also a report of a sea-liced fish from another lower beat yesterday so it looks as if there's a few moving in.
The river is now fining off nicely and it is only now that we can
really fish with confidence & can see that there are already spring
fish through the system even to the upper river.
The forecast is for
continuing dry cool weather, so the river will be coming into excellent
condition & the chances of catching a springer must be very good in
the coming days.
The river is well fly-fishable on our upper beats, & it will be in fly order on the lower river this weekend.