Buncrana Anglers Association
Account of experience by; "fishing writer".
I could fish the river one more day but the resevoir seems an interesting prospect-
to discover an alternative in the case of a lack of fish in the river. A dam has been
built upstream on the river, at 16km from the estuary.
Its purpose is to supplement the river at times of low levels. A pass point has been
installed for fish and the salmon can now cross the lake. It has been fitted with a
camera and an ultra-modern counter. The surface of the lake is 15 hectares and its
depth varies from 20 metres at the dam to a good metre at the other side, where the
reproduction sites are situated.
My ghillie has brought a few flies for me . A bit annoyed I show him my tackle box
which is made up of 20 years of practice in Ireland. He smiles shaking his head to the
left and says "it's not your first time in Ireland, sir".
We go out on a boat with an electric motor, an imperative for the protection of the
environment. On casting my line for the second time my claret Bumble dissapears
into an enormous mouth. A superb fish measuring 44cm. Immediately after casting
again, another trout is at the end of my line. The ghillie indicates that this one is wild.
The first one was a semi-wild trout, released 8 months ago.
At the end of the day we have no less than 24 wild fish and others are exhausted
from more than 30 bites.
Their resistance is energetic, I missed out on a 6 pounder or rather it let go of the fly
while being reeled in, just 3 metres from the boat. It didn't come back. In a year's
time we'll be able to shovel them in; their food is abundant and the lake is not too
overpopulated. The ghillie fished for four hours and caught four fish with a Claret Bumble.
Is every day like this? "The average for five hours is 10 to 12 fish" he replies, "but
good conditions are necessary and the wind must not be too strong. The lake isn't
very sheltered. We are nearly at the top of the hills".
I really think that a beginner at fly-fishing would be successful in this stretch of water.
There are 11 boats and they are rarely on the water all at once. There is a good
chance of catching a salmon.