The poor weather conditions, including strong north-westerly and even easterly winds, coupled with rain and hail did not help anglers this week. Mayfly hatches were extremely patchy with the best observed in the sheltered bays. Most successful flies included Wulff and Olive patterns.
Angling out of Gortnorabby pier, Crossmolina, John Griffin & Pat McNulty averaged seven trout over a few days with their best weighing 2lbs. John Warren and M.J. Cawley had five trout for a day, their best was 2lbs. Padraic Trainor & Damien O’ Hora had five trout all in Flannery’s Bay area, with the best at 1.5 lbs while Fred Finlay had two trout to mayfly patterns.
Fishing from the Cloghans area, Gary Binley, Foxford, and Bryan Clayton, Massbrook, had six trout for a day’s fishing. Gary’s biggest was a fine 4.5 lbs fish, with the smallest 2lbs, all caught on a ‘Ginger Wulff’. Gary also had three keepers the following day and returned a few more, all from Castlehill Bay. David McCabe, Co.Offaly, boated four, his best was 2 lbs, all to mayfly patterns. Stephen Browne and Brendan Breslin had six trout, all over the 13 inch size limit off Errew Point, again all on Mayfly, with their best at 2.5 lbs.
From Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Geoffrey Cooke, Scotland, had seven trout over two days while Vinny O’ Boyle had a fish of 2lbs. Niall O’ Sullivan and Ruth O’Shaughnessy, Co. Dublin, had four each; all of approximately 1lbs.