We decided to fish Beat 1 & 2 on the Laune River due to the fact that the water level was half way up the stones at Beat 1 and this would have put out many of the lower beats downstream. The lake controls the water level and colour when in flood but the tributaries downstream can sometimes flood badly with muddy water and debris this then becomes unfishable. We started up at beat one where Kieran met a fish near the lake but it didn't stay on, we both fished slightly different methods, i was using a floating line with a sinking tip and Kieran was using a hover, intermediate, sink 3 fly line to get down deeper. After fishing through the beats with the fly i then threw a spinner across each pool just to make sure that we didn't miss one. Kieran had spotted a salmon boil on the surface in the pool below me so i covered the lie with a few casts and hooked a small grilse of about four pounds which i quickly played out and released.
There were plenty of anglers fishing on the river using different methods but we were the only ones that met or caught fish. Personally i had not seen any fish show all day and Kieran had only seen the one salmon that i covered and caught, this is not good due to the fact that the nets are supposed to be off for the weekends and we didn't see or hear anything go through and even the small grilse that i had caught and released had lice and net marks. The lice were an indicator that he was netted near or during the weekend as they die in the first 48 / 72 hours of entering the fresh water and i caught the fish early on Monday. Also the scales on the salmon hadn't tightened up yet so it was only in fresh water a very short while. The Laune has definitely got issues as the last couple of years i have fished it hard and not seen or caught many salmon compared to four years ago, it needs to be looked into because this will have a bad effect on visiting anglers and tourism alike.