Thanks Thanks:  23
Likes Likes:  2,364
Page 1 of 972 1231151101501 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 9712
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default The River Faughan

    Any Reports fromm 2007 and news for 2008

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default

    Some stretches and fish from the Faughan
    lost my Photobucket account have to repost pics

    Bessie's Dam
    Last edited by FaughanPurple; 14-12-2007 at 05:28 PM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default

    Just thought id put in a season report for 2007 as i saw/heard it for the river.

    There may be some/alot lol of inaccuracies so feel free to correct or add your own etc

    Opened May 20th

    Nice water on opening day if i remember correctly nice height for the fly and clean. but dirtied up later in the day. The first fish of the year was recorded at first thing in the morning on the tidal stretch at the gates. 3lbs i think it weighed. A good start for one lucky angler but not enough to set the pulse racing just yet.

    The rest of the month was quiet but it usually is with the very odd fish being picked up here and there and high water making it hard to tell if anything was moving into the system.

    June

    Again floods ruled the month and fishing was mainly done on the tidal stretches. Again the odd fish reported but some of good size with salmon in the class of 6-9lbs appearing but we where waiting on the first real run of grilse into the river. This month is traditionaly the start of the sea trout especially in good floods but again water very high and the dwindling trout numbers made more apprant by the lack of sport on worm during these high spates. Although some trout reported in the 3lb class but not the runs of yester year.

    July

    Started off the same as June, high water and still waiting on the fish but angling and effort was steadily improving and the first pods of fish moved into the river and things where gathering pace. Then came the 12th of July and everything took off the grilse finally arrived and by god did they come. The whole lower river and tidal stretches was bunged with fish. Many if not all anglers took home their 2 fish daily bag limit and reports suggested that somewhere near 70+ fish where taken in one day from the tidal stretch at Campsie. Then came more floods and spread the Fish the whole way through out the system. The last 2 weeks in July where some of the best fishing ive ever experienced on this river. Grilse moving steadily every day at first light and fresh fish moving it all the time of every tide. The good water levels ensured that they spread out well from Claudy to Campsie anglers where reporting salmon. Very few if any anglers failed to take a fish in this period. and the Ardlough rd to Ardmore really came into its own during this time.

    August

    A bit of a dry spell at the start which brought the levels down to 0 on the gauge but with very few if any sunny days and a good SW wind the river still produced fish to the fly. Fresh fish still moving in and holding in the dam area although the smaller grilse were not afraid to move at first light in the low water and again scattered through out the river. Then came the rains again!!! River swollen and fish running again...what a sight!!!! some anglers reporting 4 and 5 in a few hours and even one lucky angler reporting hooking 9 and getting 6 of them in one run douw a stream. Finally the trout arrived some real big late season runners as well but id didnt hear of anyone tackling tem on the night fly. The end of the month dried up and water levels dropped away again.

    September

    Perfect conditions for this time of year a couple of good spate in the middle of the month to bring good sport to th eupper reaches around Claudy but low clear water and wind either side of it. Anglers reported the fishing to be dull and no real action as fish where too busy pairing up. I must admit i gave up around the middle of the month as most fish where badly coloured.

    October

    A very dry month and the fish all paired up in the lies from Claudy to Campsie. A few fish where recorded but none that i know off where clean.

    Closed October 20th

    Sorry i dont I dont have exact figures as i said its only what i saw/heard myself and the beats stretches i mainly fished where from Claudy to Drumahoe. I can say hand on heart every day i was there Anglers wher recording fish and not just one guy round the corner it was not unusual for everyone fishing to have atleast hooked a fish.

    2007 certainly was a great year
    Last edited by FaughanPurple; 01-11-2007 at 05:26 PM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast, Northern Ireland
    Posts
    3,440

    Default

    very good summary of the year FP, sadly I didn't fish the river this year - you have reinvigorated my enthusiam for next year

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default

    The boat Hole


    Campsie gates


    3 Mile Hole


    The Pullen Hole


    The Dog Hole (Down Stream)


    The Dog Hole (Up Stream)


    5 1/2 lb of silver


    2 of 3 from a morning session (Early)

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Northern Ireland
    Posts
    912

    Default

    Have just been told by a relative that they had fresh wild salmon from the Faughan on Boxing dayI take it someones at their work

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default

    wouldnt surprise me.

    Ive seen Fresh fish at the Gates at Campsie at Christmas too.

    With 26 miles of water and most of the fishing holes down through farm land etc its easy to go unnoticed and take a few fish.

    We get some of our largest runs of fish in the close season. We could open into november but i understand why we dont. Some anglers think nothing about killing coloured fish the later we are open the more vulnerable they become.

    Was there any size in it these back end runners are usually big!!!
    Last edited by FaughanPurple; 13-01-2008 at 01:08 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    ALBA
    Posts
    578

    Default

    FP, i think every river has its own brand of so-called fishermen who regardless of crucial fish stocks will keep on taking and killing until there is nothing left and move onto another river and do the same again, thats why they are called "Fishmongers"!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    derry ireland
    Posts
    405

    Thumbs down no new members

    i heard the faughan has closed its books to new members and is looking cut the the current members by 200.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Belfast/Derry
    Posts
    7,931

    Default

    I hear the same thing every year but still see new faces on the bank!!!

    You will find the 200 will fall away due to the permits not being taken out by existing members from last year.

    I'll be taking mine thats for sure as i have done since i was 10 years old

    still waiting on the invit to the AGM cant be too far away now used to be in February but it was late last year in March.

    YOu looking to get in or are you a member already?
    Ye Cannae help bein' a wee bit grumpy, No if ye was jist born crabbit

Page 1 of 972 1231151101501 ... LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •