Apologies for no reports but due to my own workload and continuation of the fight against the hydro I have had little or no time to update the website.
Firstly I know that trout fishing in the area is still very good. I have had a few good days on the river with some success with numbers of trout all over the 1lb mark I have also received several reports from visitors of excellent days trout fishing and even one lady from Co Down catching a salmon on the dry fly back in August on the Drumragh.
Salmon seem to be around in most of the rivers and I have reports of good quantities being caught on the Drumragh and the Camowen and fortunately we have many Anglers practising Catch and release methods. We still apparently have the rogue element of ‘fishermen’ were every salmon is a prisoner and must be knocked on the head. I can’t understand why this is so when it is so widely known and accepted that salmon are in decline and numbers are at all time low level. These people obviously do not think of next year or four years down the line and have no care about fishing in the future. When the Loughs Agency and Stormont make all rivers catch and release for salmon with none being allowed to be taken for the table then these are probably the ‘fishermen’ who will complain the loudest. I know that alot of Anglers are releasing salmon but those mindless few do ruin it for every one else,and as always it is the honest angler who seems to suffer.
The Club is closing Association waters on the 10th October this year in the hope that we will be seen by the Authorities as doing something positve for the conservation of salmon and so that catch and release will not be introduced next year. Yes there is the possibility that this will make ‘fishermen’ move upstream outside of Association waters but this is already happening and salmon are already being taken from the small tributaries in large quantities by ‘anglers’ who don’t really care. If you know of or see any of this in operation I ask that you contact the Loughs Agency or in 4 or 5 years time we won’t have salmon left in the system. Conservation now has to be our way forward to protect a species that is in massive danger of disappearing if nothing is done. The Club is attempting to do what others do not want to even consider by taking this stance
SUPPORT THE CLUB ON THIS ISSUE. THINK OF THE FUTURE NOT JUST NOW!