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June 12th - 22nd
Weather has been wet, overcast and windy with little good news to report.
The river Inny is completely devoid of any fish down our end, Frank wandered down to Mallady's one of days and managed a small Perch and very small Roach over several hours.
We havn't heard much from Peter so we are assuming that not much is happening elsewhere, Peter did fish the Boghole for 4 hours without a bite, but he did get very fiendly with his Maggots and Worms. If the rain and cold wasn't bad enough he had to put up with other issues:
At least the wildlife is still offering some fun, with Marsh Fritillaries over at Corlea bog and large Raft Spiders down at Doonis.
June 1st - 11th
Flaming June has no resemblance to the weather we've had over the past years, the start of this month has been horrendous what with Cold, Wet, and Windy conditions and a complete Lack of Fish.
Anglers are as rare as the Fish apart from the efforts of Peter Wood who has braved all conditions to bring a glimmer of hope to this web site. Peter has had very good success in his travels to various locations from Tarnmonbarry and as far down to the Shannon, not forgetting the Canal at the N55 turn off. With great catches of specimen Tench, Roach and the odd Bream, the best brace of Tench being of the 6 lbs class with others from 5.5 lbs down to 4 lbs.
Along with these great fish he has produced fine catches of mixed bags of Roach, Hybrids and small Bream.
On my travels to our stretch of the Inny, from Newcastle Wood to the entrance at Tommy Fox's turned out to be very Sad with no sign of fish in the whole section, very little wildlife (no Kingfishers, Otters, Herons or anything else that relies on their feedings from the river).
Turning to my travels along the Canal from Branigan's Harbour to Abbeyshrule was a different story, plenty of Life both in the water and surrounding habitat. Not too many anglers apart from Branigan's where there were 4 anglers at the cottage and a further few up at the Bend.
As I write there's been tremendous Rain around 4 inches or so, this has now emptied into the river and canal thus bringing the levels well up and refreshing what was Very Stale conditions.
I have been checking on our family of Peregrine Falcons to which our last report there were 2 chicks but in fact there are 3 to which they are now three times the size and continuously feeding on food from their busy parents which shows in their rapid growth.
Doonis is still alive with Dragonflies, Butterflies and Moths, below is a very pretty forester Moth out in very good numbers this year. Chris also saw the larest spider he has seen in Ireland when this Raft Spider came across the pond disturbing everything. There were also fleeting glimpses of a Kingfisher and one Buzzard.
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