WRBD Galway Angling Report 27 August 2014
There has been a decent amount of rainfall in Connemara since the weekend, and several fisheries have experienced a welcome rise in water levels. I am waiting on reports to come in from most fisheries, but I would expect to hear of good fishing this week, which will be included in next week's report.
Brid O'Malley was in touch from Ballynahinch with an update on fishing over the last 10 days or so Rain last week brought a welcome rise in water levels, which has seen a big improvement in the fishing, with good numbers of fresh grilse in the river.
Kevin Thompson caught his first salmon on the fly, a nice 5.5lbs fresh fish. Micheal Von Murick caught another 5.5lbs fish on an old traditional fly which has been brought back and is known as the Lemon and Grey. Niall Greene from Salmon Watch Ireland caught 2 salmon, the biggest of which was 8lbs, which he released, and Mike Copas, visiting from the UK, landed another 5.5lbs fresh fish.
Further rain since the weekend kept good levels of water in the river. On Monday evening Des Lally landed 2 fish, one of which was a lovely fresh fish of 9lbs. On Tuesday Kevin Keaney caught another on a Green Highlander. Also on Tuesday Pierre Perret landed 2 fish, one of them beautifully fresh. More rain is promised as the week progresses, which will improve conditions further on the Owenmore River.
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Frank Reilly reports that fishing pressure has been light on the lake of late, with relatively sparse fly hatches, consisting mainly of a few late mayfly and some sedges. The Mark Molloy Cup was held from Oughterard on Saturday last, with 23 rods weighing in 13 fish. First place went to Gerry Dixon, with 3 trout for 2.16kgs. Kevin O'Toole was second, with 2 trout for 1.59kgs, and third was Joe Healy with a trout of 1.25kgs.
The Garda West club held a competition on Wednesday 20th, with 10 rods weighing in just 4 trout. Top rod was Joe Boyle, with 2 trout for 4.5lbs, followed by Barry Carolan with 1 trout for 1.5lbs, and third place went to Shane Fraser with a trout of 1lb.
Frank himself was out for a couple of short sessions over the weekend, landing one fish on Saturday evening on a dry sedge, and taking 3 fish on Sunday to a mix of wet and dry patterns.
The lake is a very low level at the moment, with warm water temperatures, but the unsettled weather and cooler air temps should see it liven up a bit over the next few weeks, and hopefully the traditional good September sport will be enjoyed by a few more anglers in the coming weeks.