25 February 2015
To celebrate the opening of the 2015 Salmon Season in the Foyle catchment, Loughs Agency are hosting a free event in Stranorlar, Co Donegal on Sunday 1st March 2015 (10-3pm).
Atlantic Salmon move into the Finn in preparation for spawning later in the year and are a prized catch for those who catch fish with rod and line. From 1st March – 15th September local anglers and those who come to stay in the area on angling holidays try to catch them in one of the most attractive catchments in Ireland. Early in the season is the best time to catch the most elusive Spring Salmon, the first fish to arrive in any season.
Following an opening ceremony on the river organised by Glenmore Estate Fishery, the Loughs Agency event in the Finn Valley Leisure Centre will inform visitors about the fishing available in the area, with representatives from local angling clubs and angling providers available on site. Lough Agency will also be launching the ‘River Finn Angling Status’ report & ‘River Finn Development Plan’.
Lionel Knobbs, Angling Development Manager at Loughs Agency said ‘this weekend angling coaches are available to teach individuals how to cast with spinner or fly. With their expert tuition everyone will soon be confident enough to want to try fishing for themselves. All casters will have a chance to earn a CAST award, the new angling qualification promoted by the Agency. Fly tiers and lure makers will show the flies and spinners that work on local rivers and highlight that with catch and release regulations remaining in place, these must use a single barbless hook’.