Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports on fishing last week. Weather conditions and clear water levels at 1.3 meters were very favourable on Sunday Ist July – the levels then fell slowly to 0.75m by the end of the week. High water conditions combined with spring tides of 4.7m brought a run of salmon and sea trout into the river.
Michel Winthrop, France caught a grilse of 5lbs on a Lady Fallacia in the School House Pool on Beat 3. The following day Michel Le Paire caught a sea-liced fish of 7.75 lbs in the Sea Pool on a Shrimp Fly. John Lyons, Clonbur caught a grilse of 5lbs in the Sea Pool on a Cascade. A Willie Gunn was very successful for Urgan Mantle, Clonbur who caught and released 3 sea-liced fish – two of 5lbs and the other estimated at 6lbs – the fish were caught in the Garden Pool, Gauge Pool and the Sea Pool on Beat 9.
Dr. John Casey, Clifden released a sea trout of 2.5lbs taken on a Silver Doctor in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2 and also a grilse of 5lbs caught in the Garden Pool. The Cattle Pass on Beat 1 produced a 6lbs fish for Philip Clesham – a few days later Philip caught another 7lbs fish on a G.P. in the Dog Pool on Beat 2. Mick Brown, Dublin released a fish of 7lbs taken on a Yellow Shrimp Fly on Beat 7. Dermot Seymour released a fish of 4.5lbs taken on a Cascade in the Cottage Pool on Beat 4 and lost another 2.
Michael Wade, Manager of Delphi Lodge. caught 3 fish on Beat 5 on a Collie Dog – best fish 8lbs. Alan Hartnett, Dundalk, fishing for sea trout on Beat 2 caught and released 6 sea trout for 5lbs and landed a salmon of 7lbs in the dark at 11.30pm – all fish came to a Bibio.
Fish of the week, a sparkling fresh-run fish of 10.5lbs, was caught by Frank Hughes, Dublin on a Cascade in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2
Derrintin & Tawnyard Loughs produced some 20 brown trout up to 1lb for Donavin Brinklow in 2 afternoon fishing trips. The best fish was estimated at 1lb – all were caught on a Bibio & Daddy Long Legs and all were sportingly released.
Total catch for the week was 16 Salmon, 17 Sea Trout and 22 Brown Trout.
Although water levels have dropped off a good run of sea trout all in excellent condition continue to enter the river and salmon can be seen coming in on every tide.
To book fishing on the Erriff or accommodation in Aasleagh Lodge, contact fishery manager Jim Stafford on 095 42252, or visit www.aasleaghlodge.ie for details. The lodge and fishery also have a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AasleaghLodge.