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Run continues at Erriff and rain will improve catches

July 19th, 2017 | by

Osgur Grieve has the angling report for the Erriff 12th – 17th July…

Our run of fish continued with a total of 18 salmon landed for the period. Regular visitor Andrew Beattie finished up his holiday catching a total of 14 salmon, his best weighing 8lbs. 10 of these were wild and were released.

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Andrew Beattie poses with his wild 6lb grilse before releasing it
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David Gaffney fished with us on Friday 14th and despite low water conditions of 0.64m managed 2 wild grilse of 2.5lbs. and 4lbs. which he released from The Hill on Beat 5 using a red Ally’s shrimp. Charles Finch released a fine summer salmon of 8lbs. from the falls using a small Icelandic fly. The 15th saw the return of regular visitors Enda and Rosemary O’Connell, Enda was into action straight away releasing a wild grilse of 3lbs. from the middle garden, awhile later Rosemary lost a fish also in the upper garden.

Visiting angler Roy Sanderson released 2 wild grilse of 3lbs. and 4.5lbs. from the upper garden with the help of his daughter Katie. Gary McFarlane persevered and that afternoon caught a 4.96lbs. ranched grilse from the upper garden using a red Ally’s shrimp.

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Katie Sandersonwith her 3lbs. wild grilse – released
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Sunday 16th Rosemary O’Connell was into action in the morning catching a ranched grilse of 5lbs. from the upper garden on a Cascade and Enda also had a 3.5lbs. wild grilse from the middle garden. That evening Ryan Richardson also caught a ranched grilse of 4.67lbs. on a Jock nymph in the middle garden.

Despite low water and bright sunshine on Monday 17th visiting angler Gerard Coye (NI) caught a ranched grilse of 4.23lbs. from the upper garden and lost 2 more using a Garry dog. Tuesday 18th was a quiet day with the fish proving hard to tempt, a rise in water levels should wake them up once more. At the moment the river is low reading 0.62m on the gauge but there is rain forecast for the next few days so hopefully this should improve water levels and the fishing once more.

Flies that worked well this week included Red Ally’s shrimp, Cascade, Curry’s red shrimp, Garry dog and various black and silver flies.

If you wish to book fishing please call the fishery office on (095) 42382 or email us at erriff.fishery@fisheriesireland.ie


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