Looks like a good size of a fish that? We went on a family hol to Downings in July 86, I was11. Fishin rods came too. We were out on a drive, 8 or us stuffed into a mark 2 escort. Going over Lackagh bridge we stopped for a look. Will never forget the shoals of salmon surging upstream, Ive seen salmon running many times since but not in the manner I saw that day, shoals of fish lunging their way up like dolphins surfacing. A big run of grilse.
My Da thought it'd be a good idea to let us have a throw, so me and my brother(aged 9) tried to throw weights and sea spinners to the fish. Couldnt even reach them with our 5 foot starter pack rods. But we got 5 or 6 crap casts and a bailiff showed up. Not surprising, we were fishing from the wee road that goes upstream from Lackagh bridge, there was a wee house in there too. My Da tried to reason with him that the fish were safe enough with us about and it was only to please us and shut us up we were having a throw, but yer man moved us on anyway, no aggro, it was more comical to him than anything.
The next time I was on the Lackagh was July 98. Legally this time, being instructed to have a go By Eddie Carr from Creeslough. Virtually in the gap of the stone weir I got a lovely head and tail rise to a size 12 Silver stoat double. Sea liced 3lb 4oz grilse, was over joyed. Half an hour later I had an identical rise in the same place but the hook didnt stick. Nearly had a brace.
The Lackagh is a great river but I think its a lot more expensive to fish these days.
I never fished the Crana myself, are you from Buncrana?
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