Fly fishing for salmon on the river Nore where a magnificent fish weighing 32lbs. was caught in September.


A 32lb Salmon from the river Nore! a very big salmon by recent

A 32lb salmon from the river Nore. A very big salmon by recent Irish standards but grilse runs are worryingly later than ever and poor in numbers for the most part. This seems to be the situation all over Ireland and Scotland reports a similar experience. There now seems to be little doubt that a pattern of later grilse runs are becoming the norm. Is this all related to global warming and climate change or just part of the ongoing natural cycle of ever changing timing of our runs of salmon. We still don't fully understand all the factors that may have influence on when the fish decide to migrate to their home rivers but clearly the weather is a major part of the story and perhaps the madness of this summer's rainfall has something to do with it. It does seem that our runs of spring salmon are improving once again as the grilse runs decline and it's hard to believe the two are not related in some way. I think most anglers would agree that spring salmon are the most valuable prize of all and so any increase in their numbers is to be welcomed.
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The river Laune where it issues from lough Lene near Killarney Co Kerry. The second spring salmon of 2009 was taken here.


10:52 am
First Spring Salmon of 2009 is landed.

The unusually long wait for the first salmon of the new season is finally over. Normally the river Drowes in Co Donegal produces the first fish of the season and often on New Years Day, but not in 2009. The middle lake of Killarney's river Laune and lakes system had, for the first time ever, the honour of producing Ireland's first rod caught salmon - a beautiful 10 pounder - on the 20th January. A second salmon of 9 pounds has been recorded from the river Laune on the 21st January, again a beautiful fresh run springer. It's good to get off the mark again. Fishing effort is low at the moment not least due to the rather inclement weather.
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A cold and wintry scene summing up the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.


06:11 pm
Close Season Report 30th December 2008.

From the end of November and throughout December salmon will have been busy on the spawning beds. With high water levels up until about mid December observation has been difficult. However from the information available it would appear that reasonable, even good numbers of spawning salmon are present. This gives grounds for optimism in the future but there is no room for complacency. A huge amount of work on habitat rehabilitation needs to be undertaken in order to achieve the goal of restoring salmon numbers in Irish rivers to their former abundance. I'm sure most anglers everywhere would agree on wishing to see an improvement throughout the country - a positive new year's wish!
Good Fishing & Tight Lines for the coming season.
Choosing just the right one!


2008 Season turns out to be a mixed bag.

The 2008 season is now over and is best described as a rather mixed bag. Salmon fishing has shown a great variation from excellent - even with record catches in some cases - to poor or disappointing. Numbers of salmon entering the rivers were satisfactory but a noticeable trend was the very late arrival of the main grilse run, six weeks in some cases, and this trend seems to be forming a pattern for future timing of the grilse runs as this is the third year in succession they have been very late.
The weather was really extreme with drought conditions prevailing through the whole month of May, followed by monsoon-like conditions from mid-June onwards to the end of the season. Indeed it's still raining and it's mid-November!
Brown trout fishing was badly effected by the very unusual conditions especially during the 'mayfly' period on all the major loughs. Daytime angling was worst hit however not all was doom and gloom and there was some tremendous sport to the dry fly anglers during late evening sessions.
For more comprehensive summary and details please refer to the fishing reports.
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An awesome wild brown trout is safely returned on Lough Corrib.


New Conservation Measures for Wild Brown Trout.

New bye-laws have come into effect in the Western Regional Fisheries Board area. Some rivers have been closed to angling early as a precautionary measure. These include the 'Cong'river, the 'Cong' canal and the 'Finney' river as of 01st September. The main reason is to help protect spawning runs of brown trout, particularly the large 'ferox' type trout which are known to spawn in some of the aforementioned rivers. A bag limit on the lakes has also been introduced, together with a minimum takeable size limit. A total of 4 trout per angler per day may be retained. All trout under 13 inches in length must be carefully returned. For further details regarding the new bye-laws and any other angling regulations please refer to the Western Regional Fisheries Board website at
Always exciting to see the salmon running! This is the falls at Cloghan on Co. Donegal's river Finn.


Salmon and Grilse are running!

Perfectly timed floods in the latter half of June have started the runs of summer salmon and grilse all around the country. Some fisheries are doing well in terms of numbers and quality of fish caught. Galway weir is fishing very well at the moment and good numbers of fish are being taken on the R. Moy, but overall the picture emerging is of small runs of both salmon and grilse and the general opinion is that the main grilse runs are late again this year - a trend that seems to be becoming more of a permanent feature in Ireland and elsewhere.
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Mayfly begins to make an appearance.

At long last we have a change in the weather - from very cold to very warm!- in the space of a few days. This is what trout anglers throughout Ireland have been waiting for and hopefully the trout will play their part. Some mayflies are now hatching on Lough Derg which is the earliest mayfly lake in Ireland and continued warm weather is usually best for the dry fly 'spent gnat' fishing for which this lake is best known. A few flies have also appeared on Lough Corrib and there are a few chironimids, commonly known as 'buzzers' in Ireland, also starting in some of the more sheltered bays.
The 'mayfly' period is the trout angling highlight of the season for most of the big loughs here in Ireland. It can offer the best chance of catching some large wild brown trout on the fly. If we get warm evenings this provides excellent opportunities for the dry fly specialist in particular.
Returned to his element.


01:54 pm
New regulations for Irish salmon anglers.

There is a slight increase in the price of salmon rod licenses for 2008 and some amendments in relation to bag limits. An angler may now kill three spring salmon from the beginning of the season, 1st January in some cases, up to 11th May but only one on any particular day. From the 12th May until 31st August three fish per day may be retained and from 1st September it reverts back to the one fish per day limit. Notwithstanding any of the above a maximum seasonal bag limit of ten fish per angler will still apply. Some fisheries remain closed for the time being and some are open to angling only on a 'catch and release' basis.
When fishing on a 'catch and release' anglers should only use debarbed or barbless hooks.

Catch & release remains a somewhat controversial issue but research has shown that a high percentage of released fish will survive and spawn successfully provided they are handled properly at the time of capture. Most importantly fish intended for release should be kept in the water as much as possible and held facing upstream until they are strong enough to swim away. This can take a few minutes in some cases.

For further details on these and all fishery regulations in Ireland please check the latest information on any of the Irish regional fishery board websites or the central fishery board Ireland website.
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