Wee edit.I fully agree with Salmon conservation, but 3 tags is ridiculously low given the numbers of fish entering the river at the moment. Too many fish and the Salmon only dredge out the reds of their spawning mates anyways due to competition for space in spawning grounds. I was told this by a member of LA staff a few years ago! Maybe the Loughs Agency should wrap a few thousand tags around the throats of the gluttonous Cormorants gorging up and down the whole Foyle catchment and stop punishing the poor ole rod men who can't swim underwater for 2 minutes chasing everything that moves.
Thats a great read and I can genuinely understand the mixed feelings. In this day and age particularly, with salmon numbers ever falling, I guess it can only be a good thing for while we are fleeting things, the cycles of nature are long lasting and need to be protected for that long term, as opposed to our short term view of falsely 'knowing better' or worse not caring so long as there's a perceived benefit for ourselves.I posted this on another thread yesterday when discussing man's fascination with 'improving' things for nature.
One of the first places I thought of on the Faughan was Ballyarton Weir.
There really were some half assed attempts to 'improve' the weir over the years. I remember one attempt making the news as the fish couldn't get over it at all.
I wrote the following in 2018 as it was coming up to a year since the weir was washed away. Just some thoughts and memories that some might like to read as we wait for water and a few fish to arrive.
Thats a great read and I can genuinely understand the mixed feelings. In this day and age particularly, with salmon numbers ever falling, I guess it can only be a good thing for while we are fleeting things the cycles of nature are long lasting and need to protected for that long term as opposed to our short term view of falsely 'knowing better' or worse not caring so long as there's a perceived benefit for ourselves.
Never ever seemed to wet a line on the faughan, but I’ve done the bush,roe,agivey,mourne,Finn,carnroe, and great fishing it was too,if I remember back to 2002 it was a belter of a year. Nearly everyone seemed to be getting rid of there blue tags,it’s easy to see why so many of the lads head over across the water every year. I for one will be heading across early August with the 4 sons to fish all my old haunts,if everything covid related allows,I used to sit with Bert Atkins who had a well known tackle shop in the wee village of Garvagh and he was showing me a fly he invented called the Apache,I learned more over in Ireland the way to fish for salmon than I new before,and how a lot of the boys tied on a dropper, Light coloured fly on the dropper, yellow and brown,and a dark tail fly,say a red and black flea on the tail,I really started to take a lot more fish after that,thanks to there teaching,great bunch of lads north and south for sure.
Brilliant story jockie,really enjoyed the read.
I'm with Jimmy there JS, cracking read that, i almost felt your emotions myself reading it. It's horrible when somewhere you love and have life long memories from goes downhill. Got a few places like that myself....
Sorry been a while since I was on here.Has anyone any advice on the worth of olly mcgilloway Along the faughan side?
Cheers for that.Its just that I have two copies and was looking to see what price I could get for them.Sorry been a while since I was on here.
£100 would get you a copy now if you can source one. I sold a rebound copy with marble boards recently for £120.
There were 1000 copies apparently due to be printed at the time. I believe the printing costs were not realised, therefore a lot less were printed. Around 500 I reckon, so very scarce also.