Ronan Cusack reports that Mask exploded with fly life over the weekend, and plenty of anglers took full advantage of the bonanza. Duckfly, olives, sedge and even the odd early mayfly were very much on the menu.

Local Ballinrobe anglers Michael Vahey and Kevin Egan had a lively afternoon on Monday last with 7 good trout on a variety of wetfly patterns (best fish 2lbs). Kevin fished again on Sunday and he had a further 5 (best fish 2lbs, all returned). Liam Conroy and his son Ruairi from Tourmakeady fished on Monday and they had 3 trout along with several undersize fish for the day (best fish 1.5lbs, all returned).

Gerry and John O’Brien from Ballinrobe had 8 trout fishing buzzers on Saturday last (best fish 2.75lbs, all returned). Padraig Kerrigan, Clonbur, also fishing buzzer on Sunday had 6 trout for his day (best fish 2lbs, all returned). Ronan Cusack fished with Mark Rogan from Waterford over the weekend and they had 14 fish in total on a combination of nymphs and buzzer (best fish 2lbs, all returned).

Noel Fay from Kildare had 3 fish on wets on Sunday and also reported returning several undersize fish throughout the day (best fish 1.5lbs). Pat Feerick and Alan Dowling, Partry, also fished in calm conditions on Sunday and they had 7 fish for their day (best fish 3lbs).

Overall Mask is fishing extremely well and well worth a visit.

Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at [email protected] or on 087 2869487.