[ July 2011 ]
Fishing Update 22nd July 2011 - Grilse Run In Full Swing
Sustained rain over the past weekend brought water levels up on the Ballynahinch River. Coupled with timely spring tides, large numbers of salmon entered the catchment of the past 5 days. The grilse run was getting so late we were beginning to wonder if it would materialise to any great degree in 2011. Thankfully we are confident that the remaining two and half months of fishing at Ballynahinch will be everything it was hoped it would be with big runs of salmon coming off every tide.
Our record of not having had a blank day in the past couple of weeks continues. Jack Meredith was top rod for the week taking three salmon from the Castle Stretch as well as two others from the Lough Inagh Fishery during his three days fishing. His haul included a fabulous 8.25lb grilse from the stream of Beat 4/5, a 5.5lb fish from Sna Beg and a 6lb fresh grilse from The Wood on Beat 1.
Further fish have been taken by David Harris, Cyril Biggins, Eamon Mannion & Nicky Strauss to name a few. We have also lost unusually large numbers of fish this week. There were certainly 4-6 fish that I can think of which were ready for the net but lived to fight another day! Many others anglers (including a frustrated author!) have hit more fish than they can count but are struggling to properly connect.
The water level is quite high today but has started dropping at this stage. There is no rain worth talking about over the coming week so the river will be in great condition for the foreseeable. Our resident fish have started to take up their usual spots; however, I would expect many more of the “Ballynahinch” fish to arrive over the next 7 days.
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