The improved weather conditions have sparked hopes by anglers on Lough Derg of a good end to the Mayfly season.

The highlight of the season on the Shannon’s largest lake is the spent gnat fishing but this has been hampered over the past few weeks due to cold conditions. In recent days the fishing is beginning to improve with warming weather enticing the gnat out of the trees and onto the lake.

Garrykennedy Fishing Club held the Kevin Reynolds Plate competition on Saturday last (May 19), the most likely winner of the plate at this stage being Shane Creamer who had a total of four trout with a best of 3lbs 1 ½ ozs. On the following day the club hosted the Christy Molamphy Cup competition. Eugene Willis and Padraig O’ Brien both had a fish each of exactly the same weight, 2lbs 4ozs to emerge tops in the event.

Meanwhile, one lucky angler from the Ballina (Tipperary) area landed a 10lb salmon on a dry fly at Castlelough (Lough Derg) on Thursday of last week.  He was fishing for trout at the time but still managed to boat the fish on relatively light tackle after a 15 minute battle. It’s the second salmon to be caught in that area of the lake in as many weeks.

Nice warm conditions made for good evening gnat fishing on Tuesday (May 22) when Peter Ahern had a best fish out of Garrykennedy – 3lbs 10ozs.  The same night Paudie O’ Brien had a fish of 3lbs 6ozs and his brother Gerry landed one of 2lbs 4ozs.

Compliments of Peter Gleeson, Nenagh Guardian