Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports that last week featured prolonged periods of heavy rain and downpours, and water levels in the river changed continually throughout the week. With an almost continuous flush of fresh water the clarity of the water remained remarkably clean. Sea-liced grilse in addition to fish which were holding up on Beat 9 were observed passing through the fish counter at Aasleagh Falls.
Charles Cooper, Markree Castle, caught and released 2 grilse – best 6lbs, and 1 sea trout – all fish were taken on a Garry Dog and a Cascade in Mike’s Pool on Beat 3 and in Poleen on Beat 4. Mike Denny (UK) released a 2lbs sea trout caught in the Tawnyard Potholes on a Muddler. Filips and Barbara Hanysz (UK), fishing the Erriff for the first time, caught 2 sea trout on Yellow Banks.
Jim Wilson, fishery manager at Mount Falcon, released a grilse of 6lbs and a good sea trout of 2lbs taken on a Willie Gunn and Gold Shrimp in the Tawnyard Potholes. John Nevin (Scotland) caught one in the Garden Pool on Beat 9.
Ulick Cronin’s Party from Cork fished for 3 days and caught 17 salmon and several sea trout – top rod was David Forde with 7 fish, including 4 from Jenkins’s Pool on Beat 5, all taken on a Cascade in the one day. Dan Hinds, Cork caught 2 on Beat 7 on a Shrimp Fly. Sean Mannion caught 4 including 9lbs fish from Jenkins on Beat 5. Mick Kellegher caught one on a Cascade. Fishing the Erriff for the first time Colman Counihan and Paul McCabe, Cork, caught one each on Deadman’s on Beat 2 and Coronation Pool on Beat 8.
Higher up on the river on Beat 1 Neil Spellacy, Moycullen, fishing in a gale force wind hooked and lost 2 salmon, and rose several more. He also released 2 good sea trout in the 2lbs mark.
Tawnyard Lough was not fished during the week but it is well worth a visit during the coming weeks.
The total catch for the week was 23 salmon of which 17 were sportingly released and some 18 Sea Trout.
Make a booking
To book fishing or accommodation during the last weeks of the season, contact Aasleagh Lodge at 095 42252, or check the website at www.aasleaghlodge.ie