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Great salmon and sea trout fishing reported from Costello & Fermoyle

August 9th, 2017 | by

Fishery manager Terry Gallagher reports that fishing has been very good on the Costello & Fermoyle system, with good water levels recently topped up by frequent rain allowing salmon and sea trout run straight through to the upper lakes. The main river and Glenicmurrin Lough have provided excellent fishing, with good numbers of sea trout on the lake, and the upper catchment has seen good numbers of fresh fish also.

 

A small grilse off Fermoyle for Neil Spellacy

A small grilse off Fermoyle for Neil Spellacy

 

I fished Fermoyle Lough on Sunday for the first time in the company of local salmon expert Neil Spellacy, one of the top rods in several Connemara fisheries over the last few years. Neil started the day with a small grilse about 3lbs, followed shortly after by a fantastic summer salmon of 9lbs or so, which was quite fresh and gave an acrobatic hard-fighting display before being netted. Both fish were taken at the Butts where the river enters the lough.

 

Neil Spellacy with a lovely 9lbs Fermoyle salmon

Neil Spellacy with a lovely 9lbs Fermoyle salmon

 

It was a very windy day, so we took a break from the lake and ventured up the river to fish a few pools, where I was rewarded with one of the best sea trout I’ve caught in a while, a nice fresh fish of about 3lbs. At first I thought it was a grilse but there was no mistaking the spotty flanks of a beautiful Connemara sea trout.

Heading back out to the lake in the afternoon, we fished a few drifts, but the gale force wind made conditions very difficult, and fishing was tough. In the lee of an island we found some fish, however – I covered a rising fish and was instantly into a good fish, either a big sea trout or a small salmon, but it threw the hook after going deep. A minute later I connected again and this time managed to land a lovely sea trout of 2-2.5lbs or so, another lovely fish from a beautiful part of Connemara. Neil also had a couple of sea trout about the 1lbs mark, but we agreed that had conditions been more benign we could have had a very prolific day.

 

A fine Connemara sea trout of 2-2.5lbs for Kevin Crowley on Fermoyle Lough.

A fine Connemara sea trout of 2-2.5lbs for Kevin Crowley on Fermoyle Lough.

 

The whole day we didn’t see another soul, and left that evening with a new found appreciation for the wildness of Connemara. Fermoyle truly is a jewel in the crown of this part of Ireland, and well worth a visit. Permits and boats (no engine, bring an electric but beware the walk with a heavy battery) are available from the Costello & Fermoyle Fishery. On a calmer day rowing would have been perfectly adequate on this lough, but an electric engine definitely helps in a big wind.

To book fishing, contact Terry Gallagher at gallaghere.terence@gmail.com or call him on 087 2399988

Neil allows the fish to recover before releasing it. It's always good to watch them swim off strongly. #CPRsaveslives

Neil allows the fish to recover before releasing it. It’s always good to watch them swim off strongly. #CPRsaveslives

 


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