Dollaghan and Salmon runs begin

13 July 2008
AT last... after a frustrating spring and early summer drought, the rains have arrived in the Moyola Valley, bringing with them a number of salmon and dollaghan.
With a series of medium-sized floods in recent weeks, club anglers have reported seeing good numbers of large springer salmon and dollaghan at the weir in Castledawson.
A number of dollaghan have already been caught in the lower stretches of the river, but these trout have also been making their way further upstream, with Greg English landing a dollaghan at the Weddlebridge Stretch on Friday, July 11.
With more unsettled weather forecast, we will hopefully see more salmon making their way into the Moyola, although the main run of grilse have not as yet appeared in the Lower Bann.
Club competitions have been continuing through the summer months with some great catches of brown trout recorded. Tommy McGrath reports...
Jack Lennox Cup 23/6/08
Winner: PeterO'Neill 3lb 12oz; Second: Sean McGlinchey 2lb 12 oz; Third: Willie Darragh & Stephen Brennan.  Best juniors: Nathan & AaronYoung
Watterson Cup 7/7/08
Winner: Peter O'Neill 5lb 5oz; Second: Seamus Donnelly 3lb 14oz; Third: Sean McGlinchey 3lb 6 oz
Best Junior: Jonathon Hurl; Second: Aaron Young

Cancelled Competition - The Diamond Service Station will be fished on the 21st July at 7pm at Castledawson.

Position Name Points
1 Peter O'Neill 56
2 Stephen Brennan 54
3 Willie Darragh 42
4 Sean McGlinchey 40
5 Joey O'Neill 38
6 Tommy McGrath 38
7 Stanley Aspinall 32
8 Philip Maguire 28