REMINDER to All Members 2016 Season

On February 25th 2016 at the AGM it was proposed from the floor and with a majority vote that the Association would make all waters of the Association Catch and Release from 10th October. It was decided that after this date that all salmon caught should be returned carefully to the river using full catch and release practises. Remember that bait fishing is not allowed after the 10th October as it is harder to safely release salmon using this method.

This was thought to be a better idea than closing the season early which had been done in 2012. Thankfully as the season has progressed we have now many members practising catch and release so this should not really cause too much of an upset to most. I would like to thank all these members for being proactive in protecting salmon for the years ahead. We are complying with the majority of members feelings who attended the AGM in Feb 2016. Don’t forget if you kill a salmon then you are denying this fish the possibility of spawning which in turn will only help decline salmon numbers for future generations. Please see catch and release information below. Read the rest of this entry »


Mc Bride Cup and Courtney Cup at Birchwood fishery

Some of the anglers during a bright spell

Ronan Smithson, Micheal Mullin recieving prizes from Shane Colgan


S Harkness receiving Courtney Cup from S Colgan

W. Jordan receiving the Mc Bride Cup from Shane Colgan

A Captive audience for Packies casting clinic

Simon Harkness with winning 8lb 4oz trout

Ronan Smithson receiving some instruction from P. Trotter

Playing a Rainbow


Birchwood Fishery Courtney Cup and Mc Bride Cup

Despite some rough showers of hail and sometimes very strong winds Omagh Anglers Association held a well supported competition at Birchwood Fishery. This venture was partly funded by the Loughs Agency Sustainable Development Fund and proved to be a great event according to feedback. In the interests of conservation using this venue assisted in preserving the wild brown trout stocks in our local rivers.
There was a great turnout on the day with good numbers of juniors present as well. With Patrick Trotter FFF Master and AAPGAI , and two of the clubs own Level two Coaches we were able to provide support at all levels. Read the rest of this entry »


Omagh Anglers members great handy work

New Steps to the Brummery

As Secretary of Omagh Anglers Association I would like to pay thanks to some members for the sterling work carried out at the Brummery on the Strule. They have made a fantastic job of the steps and handrails that take Anglers from the road side down to the river. Many thanks to the Thompson Brothers and K Pattison for all their effort , a fantastic job well done!


Honorary Member 2016 Club Person of the Year 2015

Tommy Quinn receiving Club person of the year from Freeddie Spratt and Norman Hall

[caption id="attachment_1076" align="alignleft" width="590" caption="Eddie Fisher receiving his Honorary Membership from the Secretary Terry Smithson with Tommy Quinn"][/caption]This is not an accolade which is afforded to many but this year 2016 Eddie(Minnow) Fisher was awarded honorary membership of Omagh Anglers Association. He is only the 4th person to be awarded this honour.
This was in light of the enormous amount of work undertaken by him and a few others in tidying up the river bacnk and cutting back trees and branches to help make the river more accessible for club members.
Eddie suffered a stroke in November but on my last visit this week to him he is all ready to embark to the river to start his 2016 season alongside his good friend Tommy Quinn.
Tomy was instrumental working alongside Eddie in getting a lot of the clearup operation completed in time for the season start.
The Members and Committee of Omagh Anglers Association would like to thank these two men for all the great work done over the last couple of years and also many thanks to all those who have helped in tidying up the banks including Malcolm and John Burke and D. Doherty and wish them all tight lines in 2016!


Secretarys Report Feb 2016 AGM

Secretary’s Report

Firstly, please be advised, you must have a valid Omagh Anglers permit before commencing to fish Omagh Anglers Association water. Anyone not having a permit will be suspended from the Association with immediate effect.

The 2015 season was quite difficult with long spells of little or no rain which had the effect of reducing angling effort over most of the year. The back end of the season did not get any better with almost the last 5 weeks being particularly dry.

We had a reasonable turnout, 42 anglers, in May for the annual competitions with Raymond Smithson winning the Mc Bride Cup and F. Armstrong again winning the Courtney Cup. Some lovely trout were caught by anglers on the day and prizes and trophies were awarded afterwards. The competitions will be held in May, with the date due to be fixed soon. I look forward to seeing a good turnout in support of the competitions and the club. Read the rest of this entry »


2016 73rd Annual General Meeting Omagh Library 7:30pm

The Annual General Meeting of Omagh Anglers Association will be held in Omagh Library ,on the last Thursday in February, the 25th February starting at 7.30pm.

All members welcome.

Terry Smithson
Honorary Secretary


Bobby Rodgers Retirement

A presentation was held in in the Millstone for Bobby Rodgers on the 15th June. Bobby is a long standing member of Omagh Anglers Association and in February of this year he retired as an office bearer from the Association.

Bobby had been recruited to the Association in 1963 as a committee member by his uncle Joe Mathers who was the Treasurer of the Association since it was set up in 1943. He quickly progressed through the ranks becoming assistant treasurer in 1964 Secretary in 1967 and then Chairman after the late JV Courtney in 1979. He held the position of Chairman until his retirement this year 36 years in total.

The Association presented a large framed photo to Bobby of one of his favorite spots on the river. The Willy Wans on the River Strule which is just above the meetings of the rivers Fairywater and Strule on the Beltany Road out of Omagh.

Bobby recounted that many years ago he had tied himself ,a silver salmon fly ,and on its first outing he had captured two 12lb salmon from the Willy Wans.

During his time in the Association Bobby was recognised by the Queen in the Birthday Honors list receiving the MBE in 2001 for services to Game Angling.

Bobby’s knowledge of all the local waters and all the place names on the river was fantastic and he had many connections within the game angling network in N. Ireland . He had a steadying hand at the helm of Omagh Anglers Association for many years and was always the calm voice of reason . His input has had a great effect on those who follow in his footsteps.

The Association hopes that Bobby has a long and fruitful retirement and wish him tight lines for his days on the river!

Many thanks to keen photograher Brian McGillion for taking the photo .

Terry Smithson(Honorary Secretary)


Farson Wells Camera feed


We have now a camera in place at the meetings in Omagh, supplied by Farson Wells and thanks to Albert and Stephen Martin for allowing us to piggyback their internet to bring the live feed. We are also hoping to get in place a measuring guage but have been advised to wait until we have a flood so that we can pick the best place for it.
Hopefully this will in future allow visiting anglers to have a look at water depths before visiting the area. Just click on the link above


2015 AGM

The Associations AGM took place on 26th February 2015 in Omagh Library at 7.30pm. all the usual business was conducted on the evening with the minutes from the previous AGM read out. There were no matters arising and the Secretary’s and Treasurers report were read out. It was decided due to the healthy state of the accounts that no rise in the membership fee was needed. There were other costs due in this year which may change the Clubs finances over the year namely the case to protect the fishing rights on the Camowen River. We have now taken legal counsel on the matter which could have an impact on the monies in our deposit account.

We had a few changes on the Committee with the main change being the retirement of Bobby Rodgers after 51 years as an office bearer for Omagh Anglers. Freddie Spratt is the new Chairman for the coming year. Laura Smithson has also retired from the role of Assistant Secretary and this role was filled by Tommy Quinn. We had vacancies for two new committee members(with Russell Flemings retirement and Freddie Spratt appointed to the Chair) and these are filled by R. Hannigan and J.Martin.
I would like to thank Bobby ,Laura and Russell for all the help they have given to the club over the years on behalf of all the members and I would like also to thank Bobby for the 51 years in a driving role that helped put Omagh Anglers in the position that they are in today and wish all plenty of more years at the riverbank.

Honorary Secretary
Terry Smithson


Strule Trust

Just to let members know that after securing the funding for the stretch around the Mellon Country Inn and the scheme being finished, two members of the Association have also been working hard for the Strule Trust as Directors and alongside 3 other Directors, using NASCO guidelines more funds have been spent on the upper reaches of the tributaries of the system.

Over £26,000 was spent on a section of the Ballinamullan Burn with works including :bank revettment, nursery beds, fencing and tree planting. This work as part of the Trust will be vital to enhancing the nursery and spawning areas of the River Strule and its Tributaries from Cappagh Burn upstream and with a severe lack of funding from Government it will be an important source of ideas and funding in helping maintain and hopefully grow salmon stock levels for years to come.

There are several more projects earmarked already this year and hopefully these will all be as successful as the first!

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