The number 13 might be considered unlucky but for two anglers on New Year’s Day, 2013 was anything but unlucky as they jointly claimed the first salmon of the year on Kinlough’s famed River Drowes last Tuesday.
Colin Gardiner from Lurgan and Timmy Dalton from Omagh were fishing four miles away from each other but both were timed as landing the first salmon of the year at 12.20 pm on New Year’s Day, with Drowes Salmon Fishery owner Shane Gallagher awarding both men the Drowes Perpetual Cup.
56-year-old retired firefighter Colin Gardiner is no stranger to the first salmon, having landed the prize on the Drowes in 2002 and 2005 as he saw in the New Year with a four-and-a-half pounder in the Wee Drain while Timmy Dalton landed a ten pound salon from the Blackwater.
Both fish were caught on flying c and were verified by staff from Inland Fisheries Ballyshannon. Colin and Timothy will share the prize and each hold the Drowes Perpetual Cup for six months each.
Incredibly, it was not the first time that such an occurance has happened on the Drowes as Shane Gallagher told the Leitrim Observer that the same feat occurred in 1992 as Shane reported a large turn-out with 120 anglers braving some heavy showers on the day, an increase on the turn-out of last year.