The Mourne system has had a good year and gets a good steady run of fish from April right through to October. Its quite an under rated river that is not widely know outside of Ireland, here's some pictures of what you can expect
I hear there is a storm brewing at Sion Mills due to the allocation of day tickets.
I think the main sticking points are the times of issue i.e. you have to wait to the shop opens, you cant pre book your tickets and you cant be on the water before 9am.
and the number of tickets available for the Gravenue.
Has anyone on here got any opinions on it.
Personally i dont have a problem with it ive always got on the Gravenue when i wanted too!! I just got there ealier than anyone else. Never had to que any longer than say 10 mins when the shop opened and always found the allocation of tickets fair and equal.
I thought the reduction in the Gravenue tickets would cause problems but seemed to be ok from what I saw.
I used to get the early tickets and have to say that it was the prime time, from first light to about 9.00 (esp in low water, summer time). I did catch fish later on but you def got the feeling that the best time was past. In higher water it doesn't matter as much as the fish will be running.
I can see both sides of the picture, the club want some fishing to themselves but its the day ticket £'s that keep their subs what they are .
At the end of the day its DCAL water so its a fine line the club need to tread
I agree with all you say about the prime time etc but in low water this doesnt really affect me i simply dont make the trip as its a waste of time to be on the river at that time and im lucky enough to have access to other water at this prime time too! And surely being a club member must hold some advanatges!!!
The early ticket scheme was good and had its advantages but i think the new system of first come first serve is also fair in that it stops people block booking the fishing.
If your missing your early morning fishing in the summer let me know i'll put you on to some this year
yes its DCAL water so the club has to watch its step the water could be in fact sold from under them just like Cloghan!!!
I also think we should be grateful that such a prolific stretch is even available and a compromise must be found to keep everyone happy.
As far as im aware we lease it from the Loughs Agency and or HIS im not sure but the club doesnt own the water.
hasnt been a problem of late as the fishing hasnt really been that great to bring attention to us and the finn and the Mourne always took the plaudits we are a bit of an unknown secret.
WIth Runs improving this last few years it could be a problem in the making too but id like to think we have enough club members to bunch together and make sure we always have a club water for local anglers.
I agree it has been under estimated which is not neccessarily a bad thing (I think the same could be said of the overall system for that matter)
One of the more specific concerns 'back then' was that the lease was only renewed on a fairly short basis. Then there was all that work done on the tidal stretch and members were worried that the Fisheries plan was to privatise it and make it exclusive (similar to what has happened to Cloughan)
Easky and I have had no real diffs getting on the Gravenue when we wanted to. It would definitely be nicer to fish rather than wait outside the shop for two hours. I agree with Easky that a compromise should be possible. Count me in for those alternative "hot spots"
I missed getting on the Gravenue once this year and that was only because i didnt have a DCAL ticket so i bought one and every time after that i got on it when i wanted too as i said just get there early !!!
if your travelling Look at the forecast and pick your days dont travel if its gonna be a scorcher and if its rained called the office for info!!!!
Cheers FP, only it opens earlier and the Faughan does'nt really pick up until July i would'nt be going near it. It'll do rightly until the sacred Faughan waters get going.
Headin to owenmore in a few weeks for a days fishing. Looks a nice river, hopefully first fish of the year.
i must say im not knocking the Mourne and it gets far mor fish than anywher else i was just saying dont draw on the fact theres more fish youre bound to catch!!
but its definately worth a throw in May for the Springers and in June for the Early summer salmon but i'll be waiting to i get the call from home to get there before i make any serious plans for April.
Beautiful thing is you dont need any great rain fall for Sion to fish.
High tides is all you need they can work their way up to the Gravenue in low water.
yes I noticed that, will be interesting to see how they implement it ie. can you pre-buy your ticket but only use it after 9.00 for example or can you us it from first light?
... and how will they be able to prove you have the proper licensces online? I doubt they would have a backend database system in place that would be sophisticated enough to be able to verify a person's details online and in real time . I could be wrong but I doubt it
it was the same about this tim elast year too when i went for a look round the water was very very low almost too low.
but it could be good for Sion
the push of water brings the fish up from Strabane and the the tide they then move into the Gravenue through the Long Steams and Purgatory but once in the Gravenue they go nowhere due to the low water....
Keeps the fish in one place and the Gravenue fishes better in low water conditions. Early Mornings but then you hit the dayticket wall!!!