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Fishing News 2010


Regular updates of fishing and conditions

21st September 2010

A very strange fishing season is drawing to a close
here at Ballynahinch. Whilst we have over 3,100 salmon over the counter
for the year so far (a new record), with a potential 250 more to come, the
season’s catch at the castle looks like being the same as in 2006 when 79
salmon were caught. The funny thing is that in 2006 only 1,650 salmon
passed through the counter! Our biggest problem was the huge amount of
water that we had in the river throughout the 6 weeks of the run. The
salmon saw no reason to rest/stop in the Castle Stretch and ploughed on
up river, closer to their spawning grounds. The Upper Ballynahinch Fishery
has had one of its best seasons for salmon in many years whilst Lough Inagh is
very close to having a record year. The small streams at Recess (where a
great deal of our stock spawns) are full of fish and the fishery owners up
there have had some great fishing throughout the season. It is by no
means doom and gloom here at Ballynahinch; in fact it’s quite the
opposite……however, can we please have a drier July next year!!! There
will still be a stock exploitation by rod and line of 8-9% for the catchment
when all figures are compiled at the end of the year. It rarely deviates
from this.

The total in the book stands at 70 with Tom McManus
 
helping to achieve this from The Fingers on Beat 3 this morning. Paddy
and Ann Corcoran had a fantastic week landing 6 between them. The water
remains high (surprise surprise) and most of the fish are situated from Sna Beg
down to the counter. There have been no fresh fish worth talking about
entering the system over the past two weeks.

Miles McDowell, whilst fishing on Sna Beg in the wind
 
and rain this morning, hooked into a fish and did not see it for 20 minutes and
he could not lift it to the surface with his trout rod. Eventually, after
a 40 minute struggle he landed and released a 9lb brown trout!! Who would
have thought it?

13th September 2010

The September floods have arrived. They have brought some big fish 
into the system; however, they are proving very difficult to catch. We had a 
productive week just gone with 8 salmon caught. Tom 
McManus had 3 and Michael the Dutchman had one. The usual high 
water spots; under the hotel, above the footbridge on Beat 1 (Sna Beg), 
Greenpoint 2 and above the hut on Beat 4 are the best spots to take fish. Tom 
had two fish, one after the other, by the Ash Tree on Beat 4 on Friday last. 
The old reliable Silver Badgers and Silver Stoats on floating lines have been 
doing all the damage. The total for the season stands at 
62.

31st August 2010

The second half of August has proved to be quite fruitful for the fewer anglers that would be on the river compared to July or early August. Beat 1 and 2 are the best beats with Beat 4/5 continuing to disappoint. All flies seem to be working with the Badger and Stoats Tail still on top of the ranks. Notable points of interest include:
· A fantastic 9.5lb fresh fish for Dr John Casey from Beat 1 (pictured). This brings John’s total for the month of August to 8 on the Castle Stretch
· Des Lally took an equally beautiful 9lb fish from Sna Beg late one evening last week
· Cyril Biggins has landed 3 in the past few weeks with the most recent grilse coming from the wooden pier on Beat 1 casting down into the wood

The river is starting to get low and the sun is splitting the rocks. This does not seem to be affecting the “take” however. The counter stands at exactly 3000 with 380 having passed through in August. This compared to 2,050 in 2009 and 2,600 in 2008. Admittedly, there is a lack of larger grilse passing upstream this year, which is in line with other systems throughout the country.

16th August 2010

Salmon fishing at Ballynahinch has continued to pick up over the past week with lower water levels and fish beginning to settle into taking spots. 7 salmon were landed for the week ranging from 4-7lbs. Eugene McDonald, Niall Greene and Seamus O’Neill all took some nice fresh fish from Beats 1, 2 and 4. Some very large summer salmon have been spotted in the lower beats, however, they have eluded even the most seasoned anglers at Ballynahinch. Unsettled weather is to continue for the coming week so we look forward to some great fishing. There is limited availability in the coming weeks. Contact reception to book fishing on the river.

5th August 2010
Perfect water levels and extremely overcast weather over the past week has not brought in the numbers of fish that one would expect at Ballynahinch for this time of year. The fish are still there in great numbers but are very reluctant to come to the fly. Club Member, Chris Emin, landed his first salmon on the fly from Beat 1 after losing another fish in the same morning. Philip Bellamy and Bruce Kelso also took fish from Beat 1 during the week. 
The size of the grilse is a good deal smaller in 2010 than other years with many fish passing through the counter in the 3-5lb range. This is unusual as they would normally be 2lbs heavier at this time of year.
Regular visitor, Ciaran O'Donnell, originally from Galway, lost a nice fish yesterday in the pool below the counter. This is a new pool since the construction of the counter where running fish are tending to lie. Local guide, Jonathan Broderick, took a fresh 4lb fish from the falls, just below this pool earlier in the day yesterday.
An unsettled weather forecast means that the river will stay at a good height over the coming weeks and the fishing should improve dramatically.

26th July 2010
The fishing at Ballynahinch in July has been mildly frustrating to say the least. The largest run of July salmon in over a decade has passed us by in the high water giving great fishing to Lough Inagh. Having had a month in June with hardly a bucket of water in the river and only a handful of salmon caught , the river has stayed high since 1st July. Just 20 salmon have been landed in the past four weeks, however, this figure should be closer to 40. The fish are a nice size ranging from 4-8lbs and all fresh with sea lice. Now that the water levels are dropping the coming weeks should see some great fishing with the resident "Ballynahinch" fish arriving in good numbers.

Top rods for the month have been regulars, Jack Meredith and Miles McDowell. Philip Bellamy and Philip McDowell have taken some nice fish in the past few weeks also.

The sea trout fishing has been sporadic in the high water. It has been the best year in many for catching big sea trout up to 3lbs, however, the smaller finnock trout are only about in small numbers. Maybe in the coming weeks, in the evening, we will see some better fishing for trout.

There are a limited number of places available on the river in the coming weeks. Book at reception on 095 31006

The September floods have arrived. They have brought some big fish 
into the system; however, they are proving very difficult to catch. We had a 
productive week just gone with 8 salmon caught. Tom 
McManus had 3 and Michael the Dutchman had one. The usual high 
water spots; under the hotel, above the footbridge on Beat 1 (Sna Beg), 
Greenpoint 2 and above the hut on Beat 4 are the best spots to take fish. Tom 
had two fish, one after the other, by the Ash Tree on Beat 4 on Friday last. 
The old reliable Silver Badgers and Silver Stoats on floating lines have been 
doing all the damage. The total for the season stands at 
62.