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Bright, gaudy flies provoke late season takes on Erriff

September 27th, 2017 | by

Osgur Grieve, reports from the Erriff River for the period 20th – 26th September…

We have had 12 salmon landed for the week. On Wednesday 20th regular visitor Frank Hughes fished with us on Beat 3 and released a 6lbs. wild grilse from Mike’s pools using an orange Ally’s shrimp. Jeremy Buxton and Colin Ingram also fished that morning and had a 3.5lbs. and 4.5lbs grilse using a Black ally’s shrimp and a Waddington at Glenacally on Beat 5. Steve Racher (UK) returned to fish with us and was rewarded with a 2.5lbs grilse from the high bank on Beat 3 using a shrimp fly. Eddie Corry fished on Thursday 21st and released a wild grilse of 5lbs. from the middle garden pool on his first cast using a Red muffin fly! That afternoon regular visitor John Phelan released a 4lbs. wild grilse from the falls pool on a Cascade.

There was a big flood on Friday 22nd and the river rose to 2.2m, despite the very high water the river was relatively clear due to the recent floods. The high water made most of the river unfishable, not to be deterred John Phelan gave the lower garden pool a go before going home and was rewarded with a 3.5lbs fresh wild grilse using a Conehead cascade which he released.

Saturday 23rd it was regular visitor Seamus O’Neill who landed the only fish of the day before the storm put an end to the best chances of a fish, he released a 3.5lbs wild grilse from Mike’s pool on beat 3 using a Collie dog. Sunday 24th was a better day and William Parlon and John Moloney made the most of it releasing a salmon each, they weighed 4lbs and 7.5lbs. respectively and were caught using a Conehead Cascade and a Christmas Cascade from Poleen and Kings pool on Beat 4. Around the same time that afternoon Jasper Matthews and Owain Pickersgill were also into fish releasing wild grilse of 5lbs. and 2.75lbs from the Tawnyard potholes on Beat 3 using a Golden rabbit and a Willie gunn flamethrower.

Bright and gaudy flies seem to be working better this past week provoking a reaction from the cock fish as they get more territorial at this time of year.

With the season now in its final few days we will enjoy the last of what has been a terrific 2017 angling season.

Last chance…

To book fishing, contact Osgur at 095 42382 or email erriff.fishery@fisheriesireland.ie


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