Declan Gibbons reports that angling on Corrib during the week gone by saw an improvement in trout angling with plenty of mayfly and sedges hatching. On Sunday, Oughterard Anglers hosted their youth competition, the Kevin McQuinn Cup which saw Shane Joyce catch 2 trout to take first prize with a weight of 1.4kg. Also in Oughterard Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Guiding & Boat Hire (087-9604170) reported an improvement in fishing. On Friday last visiting French angler Mr. Lester landed 3 trout for a half day's trolling. Kevin himself enjoyed good wet fly fishing on Saturday landing 3 trout. Declan McLoughlin and friend enjoyed excellent wet fly fishing, boating 4 trout with the best hitting the scales at 4lbs.
Staying in the same area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reported excellent angling with an excellent second hatch of mayfly to match. On Saturday and Sunday Basil himself and Northern Ireland angler Colin Wright from Belfast had great sport, catching 24 trout on wet and dry mayflies, with the best fish being 3lbs 9oz. Michael Murphy, Limerick also had good fishing on Saturday landing 3 trout with the best fish being 2lbs. On Sunday Shannon angler Glen O'Connell had a similar day landing 3 trout with the best fish being 1.75lbs.
In the Cornamona area Tom Doc Sullivan (087-6113933) guided visiting Australian angler James Brookes from Melbourne, with James landing 2 trout on dry mayflies, best fish 1.5lbs. Tom also reported a moderate hatch of mayfly in the area. In the Greenfields area Clare father and Son Frank Guilfoyle and Paddy enjoyed excellent fishing on Thursday, boating 9 trout (5 released). Carl Clinton from Meath had an enjoyable weekend dapping grasshoppers, landing 4 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday with the best fish nudging 3lbs. Also in the Greenfields area Tuam angler Sean Naughton had 1 trout on Sunday for 1.5lbs on wet fly.
Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge (087-9135222, www.corribangling.com) reported a slightly quieter week due to unsettled weather, however guiding Belfast duo Stephen Lusty and Pip Arthur on Monday on Lough Carra they had good sport, landing 6 trout on dry olives - best fish 2lbs. Larry himself had 2 trout on Wednesday on Corrib on dry sedges, both fish in the 1.5-2lbs bracket. Larry is looking forward to settled weather for sedge fishing and reed smut in the coming weeks ahead.
Martin Kinneavy was also in touch to advise that the TAFI Connacht Cup Youths competition which was due to held on Saturday last had to be postponed due to inclement weather, and is rescheduled for Saturday, August 8th, fished from the Carrick shore. Clubs must be affiliated to TAFI, and entry details are available from Eugene Nolan on 085 2423062.
Ronan Cusack reports that the heavy rain over the past 7 days has raised water levels on Lough Mask significantly. Any anglers who may not have seen their boat recently may be advised to do so.
As World Cup fever builds, recent reports indicate that angling this week has been mixed, depending on weather conditions. Fly hatches have been good with plenty of sedge and good hatches of late mayfly around the southern end over the weekend.
Andrew Boyd from Galway fished with Stan McCart, Northern Ireland on Sunday and they finished with 2 trout for the day (best fish 1.75lbs). Regular Mask anglers John Brennan and Kieran Newman from Longford fished Mask in torrential rain on Saturday last and they had 3 keepable fish and a few undersize for the day (best fish 1.5lbs, all returned). Brian McInerney and Darin Gardiner from Co. Clare fished out of Dringeen on Sunday and they had 4 fish on a combination of wets and dries (best fish 3lbs). John Burke from Tourmakeady has a group of UK anglers staying with him at the moment and they have an average of 2 trout per day over the past 2 weeks on wet flies.
The outlook for the coming week is for more broken weather, so it looks like an exciting build up to the 2015 World Cup.
Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Fishery manager Nigel Rush reports that the grilse run appears to be finally underway at Kylemore over the last few days. Good water has encouraged fish to run, and anglers are encountering grilse, some to very good size. Over the last few weeks the fishery was averaging 8 fish a week with little rod effort, but over the 9 days to the 20th they had 17 fish for just 21 rod-days, and numbers for the season are so far well up on last year.
Geoffrey Fitzjohn had a good day on Tuesday, landing 3 fish through the Upper and Middle River, lost 3 and turned as many again. This was followed yesterday by Neil Spellacy, who landed 3 fish, including 2 of 7lbs and a fish of 4lbs, and lost another fish, all from the Middle River beat. Two fish were released and one kept as it was a stray ranched fish from another river.
I stopped at the river yesterday and saw perfect water levels, so with grilse running it looks like the place to be. To book fishing, contact Nigel at 087 9580702.
Reports from the Erriff are of exceptional fishing over the last week and a half, with 59 salmon landed for 9 days. Plenty of rain has helped matters greatly, giving good fishing conditions on many days on this very much water-dependent spate fishery.
Local man Peter Coyne, fishing on the Erriff & District Salmon & Trout Anglers Club day on Sunday, had 3 fish, the biggest of which weighed 10lb. Well done Peter!
Some of the successful anglers over the past 9 days include annual French visitor Gerard Garnier with fish weighing 6.75lbs and 4.25lbs, a 5.25lbs salmon for Peter Denvir and a 5lbs grilse for Enda O'Connell.
To book fishing or accommodation on the Erriff, contact Aasleagh Lodge at 095 42382 or check out www.aasleaghlodge.ie