[ May 2012 ]
The rain has arrived!
The almost Biblical rain of the past 24 hours might not have enthused most of the guests staying at the Castle, however, there sure are some happy fishermen out there!
The river has risen a good deal and will continue to rise for a further day even though the rain has stopped. Regardless, the river will not go out of order and it will help to encourage the last remaining springers into the system along with the sea trout and any early grilse. There is a good deal of space on the river for the coming week and it is certainly worth fishing
The large multi sea winter salmon, typically elusive at Ballynahinch at this time of year are proving very difficult to catch. Yesterday, visiting angler, Bart Shea from Arizona, landed a fantastic 9.5lb fresh springer from the stream of Beat 1 under the watchful eye of local guide, Frank Flaherty.
Local angler, Ulrich Treusch hooked and lost into a great salmon earlier in the week on Beat 4. The fish made a couple of great long runs up and down the stream with a few leaps before throwing the hook. Other encounters have been few and far between.
The grilse run; not due to arrive for another 10 days to 2 weeks appears to be kicking off a bit earlier than the last few years. Patrick O’Flaherty landed a fresh 4lb fish from Beat 1 on Wednesday whilst 2 others have been lost since. This is a great sign to see grilse this early. Hopefully it is a sign of a good run for 2012.
Maiden Sea Trout
The elusive large maiden sea trout (2-4lbs) are entering the system in greater numbers since the last week of May. Whilst we see these fish on the counter every morning they are proving rather difficult to catch. Tom McManus caught and released a sea trout of circa 3.5lb and we have seen numerous others throughout the river. It bodes well for good sea trout fishing for the remainder of the season on the lakes and also for the spawning stock.
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