The River Drowes is famous for regularly producing the first salmon of the year, being one of the few rivers opening on 1st January. Rarely is there a year when a fish is not caught on opening day, but this year high water and storms kept anglers waiting a little longer than usual, but patience paid off.
On Tuesday an 8lb beauty was landed near Lennox’s Bridge by Ballyshannon angler, Eoin McManus.
Eoin, a son of Gerry and Linda McManus, brought the 8lb fish to shore using a size 7 brown Rapala lure. Fishing on the Leitrim side of the river from near the telegraph pole at Lennox’s Bridge, Eoin’s catch at 2.30pm confirms the Drowse as the premier fishing river in the country for first salmon of the year.
The salmon is due to be served in the Fox’s Lair Restaurant in Bundoran with all proceeds going to charity.
Mr. McManus has said he is delighted with his achievement. Local angler, Cllr Billy Grimes, told the Democrat: “I’m delighted for Eoin and the Drowse, it’s a great advert for this area.”
The Drowes Fishery reported water is still high at just a shade under 1 metre but the weather is improving and the river should start to slowly drop with large numbers of anglers expected on the river’s banks to see if they can mirror Eoin’s achievement.