Mourne/Derg report week ending 6 October 2012

The Mourne was nigh on impossible all week with another flood in the system. The Derg benefited and a few fish were landed around Ardstraw and CrewBridge.

Although angling was severely restricted on the Mourne, it was good to see late arrivals taking the weir at Sion Mills. With the river by now well cleaned out it was possible to throw a spinner at times and one or two anglers took full advantage and duly landed a few fish. The Derg on the other hand was near perfect at times and some fresh arrivals were grassed around Ardstraw andCrewBridge. One or two successful anglers are listed below:

Sunday, 30 September: Geoff Hamilton, 11lb & 9lb (both returned), The Broad Bridge

Wednesday, 3 October: Glen Quinn, 7lb & 6lb, The Hole

Friday, 5 October: Bobby Craig, 2 fish, Ardstraw

The forecast is not looking too bad for the week ahead so this could deliver some late sport. Today, Sunday, the river is high, dropping, clean and fishable.

It was great to report so many fish being returned all year, however, now is not the time to become complacent! Please inspect all your fish and only take if necessary cock fish for the table.

Mark Gough, NM Tackle, Sion Mills  Tel: +44 (0)28 8165 9501

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Mourne/Derg report 26 July to 8 September 2012

The Mourne has been in near perfect conditions over the past fortnight. One or two days were lost when a foot or two of water came down the river, otherwise there are good conditions all round. The Derg has suffered due to a lack of water barring a couple of freshets to stir things up.

Catches predictably have slowed on the Mourne for two main reasons. Firstly, lots of local anglers have had their fill by now, some having their best season to date. That drive to get up early or fish late has subsided with many preferring to mosey to the banks and fish at a more leisurely pace. Secondly, by now the river is stuffed with hen fish and their hormones are playing havoc with anglers and plucks, boils and tugs are common. On three recent trips to the river I touched 15 fish landing two, both cock fish, the remainder were lightly hooked and lost or just giving a pluck or tug to anything I had to offer. This scenario is being repeated on all beats. Hopefully in a week or two things will change back to normal. All beats are reporting a very good head of fish which is great to see.

On the Derg the picture is the same. A friend from Ballymongan fished the top end last Saturday and landed six on a trout rod (all returned). Most were past their best but gave great sport. It is hoped the Derg will get the traditional late run of back end fish to liven things up a bit.

Below is a small selection of fish landed:

Sunday, 26 September: N Gough, 2 fish (returned) Behind Mill; J Harron, 2 fish (returned), Liskey

Monday, 27 September: Gavin Hamilton, 7lb (returned), Wood Hole

Tuesday, 28 September: Gary Wolfe, 1 fish (returned), Gravenue

Wednesday, 29 September: V Fisher, 2 fish, Gravenue; T Hamilton, 1 fish (returned), Gravenue

Friday, 31 September: J Murray, 3 fish (all returned), Mulvin; Frank Elliot, 2 fish (returned), Feddens

Tuesday, 4 October: G Wolfe, 6lb (returned), Sion

Thursday, 6 October: P Doherty, 2 fish, Strabane; T Gough, 7lb (returned), Higgins Stream

Mark Gough, NM Tackle, Sion Mills  Tel: +44 (0)28 8165 9501

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Mourne/Derg report week ending Saturday, 15 September 2012

There was only one day’s fishing on the Mourne last week due to a heavy flood rendering the river unfishable. As a result, the Derg benefited and was in good nick all week.

As a result of a recent large flood, catches were naturally down with only a day or so available to anglers. Those anglers able to wet a line on Friday and Saturday noted that a lot of resident fish had moved on leaving pools for the first time this year a bit sparse. As usual the Gravenue in Sion produced fish, as did the Feddens and Snaa, both of which are fishable in high water.

Below are some reported catches:

Friday, 14 September: Desi Patton 6lb, 7lb, Gravenue

Saturday, 15 September: G Wolfe, 7lb (returned), Gravenue;NGough, 7lb and10lb (both returned) Blackstone; T Gough, 4lb (returned), Higgins Stream

It’s becoming harder to predict what’s going to happen. A couple of recent fish appeared like true back enders, but then again there are still grilse around. With the amount of water in the ground and rain forecast, anglers are advised to play it on a daily basis as to where to fish. Hopefully, better quality late fish will put in an appearance before the season’s end.

Mark Gough, NM Tackle, Sion Mills  Tel: +44 (0)28 8165 9501

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Mourne/Derg report week ending Saturday, 22 September 2012

Conditions were generally dreadful with another large flood lasting most of the week in both rivers. By Saturday things had calmed down and anglers were able to wet a line.

Understandably catches were low. During a brief interlude mid-week there were a few landed from the Gravenue and by the end of the week a few more around the Blackstone. On the high water throws aboveVictoriaBridgea few more were grassed but exact details are sketchy.

Below are reports of fish landed:

Wednesday, 19 September: John Morrow, 2 fish, Gravenue; John Tinney, 2 fish, Gravenue

Saturday, 20 September:TravisGough, 1 fish, The Blue Bells

More rain forecast for this week. On a brighter note I fished below Sion Mills on Sunday night and saw a dozen or more running fish right up to dark. A real mixture of small grilse and good quality fish in double figures and all appearing to be fresh from the tide.

Mark Gough, NM Tackle, Sion Mills  Tel: +44 (0)28 8165 9501

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Feddens report (west bank) for September 2012

The catch of salmon was well down on previous years owing to the continuous floods during the month. September is normally the prime month of the season with good sized fresh fish 8-12lbs the norm. Owing to the height of the river very little fly fishing took place and was confined to theLynnpool. The few rods that were spinning in high water got some decent fish in the 10lb bracket. Some anglers to date have released 90% of their catch and one angler 100%. I am confident the rest of the season will see all anglers practising total catch and release. The season overall was the best for seventeen years.

Frank Elliot

NM Tackle, Sion Mills  Tel: +44 (0)28 8165 9501

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