The weather was a little more settled than last week but there were still plenty of showers, some very heavy, and some high winds to contend with. In the latter half of this week the weather improved no end and the photos in this week’s reports suggest that we still get some sunshine in this rain drenched country.
Despite a flood earlier in the week salmon fishing at Delphi has been difficult with only 10 fish landed. However it was quite a good week for sea trout fishing with over 50 fish caught, mostly on Doolough. 16 salmon were landed at Kylemore as levels dropped back bringing the total there to 100 for the year. The floods brought better fishing to the Erriff where good sport was enjoyed by a number of anglers. The River Moy fished very well during the week with over 600 salmon reported. Despite fluctuating water levels fishing conditions remained good and salmon were caught right throughout the system. Last week’s spate resulted in excellent fishing on the Owenmore River and despite dropping water levels towards the end of the week anglers enjoyed fantastic sport with some fine double figure fish being caught including the biggest fish reported in 20 years. Floods have been less kind to the Slaney and the Suir but salmon fishing on the Munster Blackwater is much better and 39 fish for 39 rods days have been reported by Blackwater Lodge so far for August with seven fish caught yesterday. Salmon and sea trout fishing on Lough Currane has been consistently good over the last week.
The Liffey is fishing well at present with good water levels and the recent milder weather providing some excellent trout fishing in the evenings with Sedges out in force. Green Peter fishing is producing some good fish on a number of lakes including Loughs Arrow, Owel, Ennel and Sheelin. Fly fishing on Lough Corrib has been quiet of late, with very few boats out. However, some anglers who ventured out on the Lough during the week were rewarded with dood trout on the dapp. Congratulations to Mick Dunne who won the World Cup was held on Lough Mask over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The final day finished with a dead heat between Mick and Brendan Shallow, both anglers weighed in 4 trout weighing 4.42 lbs. The competition was decided by a count-back of their qualifying catches. Congratulations also go to the Irish Youths Team who took silver at the 2012 Youths International Fly Fishing Competition at Lough Owel.
Max Couque, skipper of the Leaca Rua, reported on some good mixed fishing recently with eight different species including pollack, John Dory, red gurnard, poor cod, dog fish and ballan wrasse landed. Siegy Grabher of the Sioux out of Valentia reports 10 species including ling to over 1m his first blue shark of the season. Good pollack fishing was reported from the Clare coast over the week and Hamish Currie of Predator II is changing his focus to specimen pollack as the tope have moved out the area.
Kevin Lyons reports that coarse fishing has been good in and around the Longford area. The change in the weather and water levels have improved things with some good catches of Bream, Tench, Hybrids, Roach and some big Perch. Early morning or late evening is his advice due to the bright conditions we are having at present.
There were few pike this reported this week and those reports we did receive were mostly from lakes in the Mullingar area where good perch are also being taken on lures. Some good piking was had in the Belturbet area and anglers fishing with Gerry Olin of Esox Lodge had 31 pike over two days.
There is a great change in the weather with hopes for a summery weekend. The weather forecast is for breezy weather particularly on the east coast and a return to unsettled conditions by Sunday.
Tight lines especially in Ireland,
Catch, Photo, Release
Salmon fishing reports
- River Feale a stained but spinners take salmon
- Good consistent salmon and sea trout fishing reported from Lough Currane.
- A difficult week for the salmon anglers at Delphi but over 50 sea trout caught
- Kylemore Abbey Fishery lands it’s 100th Salmon for this year
- A sparkling fresh first ever salmon for Penny from a high watered Erriff
- Bank Holiday grilse for local angler at Galway Weir
- Anglers Catching Sea Trout on the Boyne Estuary
- Some Nice Fishing on the Fane as Conditions Improve
- Perfect conditions at Ballisodare, 111 salmon caught last week
- A quiet week on the Newport River
- 17.13lb salmon on Owenmore biggest in 20 years
- Moy continues to fish well, 600 salmon this week
- A nice salmon from the Suir before the flood
- Clarity poor at Ballyduff with gauge high but silt should drop out quickly
- Slaney still coloured but size 6 flies doing the trick
- Bob Glauber from USA bags his first ever salmon at Delphi
Trout fishing reports
- Trout anglers neglect Corrib but good fishing available
- 470 angler compete for World Cup on Lough Mask
- Carton House Fishery rainbows hitting Boobies and Blobs
- Rye Water a little low but fishing well
- Trout anglers enjoy evening rise to sedges on Liffey
- Good Green Peter fishing reported from Lough Arrow
- Lough Conn trout on roach and perch fry
- George Fitzgerald wins the Dan Mullally cup on Owel
- Green Peter fishing going well on Ennell
- Fish rising to the carpet of green peter hatches on Lough Sheelin
- International action on Owel
Sea angling reports
- Pollack, John Dory, red gurnard, cod, dog fish and ballan wrasse while fishing Galway Bay
- 16lb Ling and many more fish for Valentia Fishing
- Where have all the Bass gone – Four bass anglers for four days for four fish!
- Out on a perch to catch the pollack in Clare
- Conger a surprise catch on soft plastics
- Tope move on from Red Bay but plenty of other species await
Coarse angling reports
- Longford, Leitrim and Strokestown Area coarse angling report
- Good coarse fishing in Longford area, bream to 5lb
- Memorial Angling match on the Barrow huge success
- Lazy River Cafe Cross Border Peace Match
Pike fishing reports
- From Afganastan or Alaska, Mullingar is worth the journey
- Derravarragh perch thrill young and old
- Gerry heads for Gold with 17 Pike in 4 hours !
- Weather the hot topic of conversation – But a boost for angling tourism – Connaught Telegraph
- Fisheries officers investigate major kill on Dunleer river – Dundalk Democrat