Good morning from a dry and bright Foxford. We have had a few beautiful days this week and the river is looking nice. 0.58m at Ballylahan bridge and in good condition for all methods. Although there is still very little angling activity we are starting to hear of fish been taken throughout the system. Danny Irvine and Glen Parry both had salmon from East Mayo angler’s waters on the fly. Liamous Martinikus took one from Rinnanney, other fish were taken in Ballina, Pontoon Bridge and on the Ballavarry river. We have been getting a lot of calls from anglers all around the country wondering when they will be able to fish the river. At the moment we just do not know but listening to the radio this morning it is looking hopeful that restrictions will be eased in May. If this is the case there will still be plenty of good fishing to be had.
On Monday last we could finally move outside our 5k. My first outing was a day on Lough Mask with John Burke. Although we are from the same town and I know John all my life this was the first time we actually fished together. It was a beautiful day and we both enjoyed it however the fish did not want to play ball. John managed to take one trout of about a pound on one of his own patterns “Just add water” and apart from that we moved about half a dozen trout. We both had several theories and excuses for our lack of success and have decided that the only answer is to do it again next Monday. It’s tough work but someone has got to do it.
Hopefully you are getting an opportunity to get out fishing, Tight Lines