The mayfly is well and truly up on Corrib, and despite the brutally cold northerly winds of much of the last week, has been bringing trout to the surface and providing good sport.

Eamon Walsh reported some excellent catches of trout were to be had in the Cornamona area in the past week, even in the unfavourable conditions.  50 anglers taking part in the annual Cornamona Hospice Pairs Competition landed a total of 60 trout. In first place was Conor Dennedy and Eamon Walsh with 5 fish, Jimmy Molloy and Stephen Lydon came second with 6 fish, Seamus Kelly and Joe Creane were third 5 fish. Joe also claimed the prize for longest fish, a fine trout of 54cm. The competition is run on a catch-and-release basis, which is great for fish stocks.  This was the 5th year of the completion and organizer Tom Sullivan thanked everyone for taking part, to date over €8,000 has been raised for the hospice which is a credit to the local club and all who took part and provided sponsorship.

Anglers fishing the dap seemed to have the best of the fishing during the week, brothers Patrick and Gerry Walsh had some great days out, recording up to 5 fish most days, their best day being Saturday when both had fish of over 3.5lbs each, with most of the catch returned.  Carrick-on-Shannon angler Brian McDermott also had 3 trout on the dap for a morning’s fishing. Micheal Diskin of Dooras had a great day dapping, having 16 fish to the boat, most of which were over the 13 inches, and all bar 2 were returned.

In the Greenfields area Frank Reilly reports that dapping also seemed to be working well. 24 anglers had a total of 40 fish over the weekend, most notable were Bill Tully from Tuam who had 5 fish for 11lbs over 2 outings dapping. Paul Dignam landed 9 fish on wetfly, all returned, while Frank Guilfoyle Sr. and Jr. had 8 trout for 12.5lbs, also to wetfly. Anthony Quinn from Ennis had 2 fish to dry fly of over 4lbs.

 

Tom Kelly reports that fishing has been good in the Oughterard and Derrymoyle area, especially in areas with a little shelter from the strong north wind. Overseas anglers Dieter Lampe and a friend from Germany, fishing out of Currarevagh House, landed 8 fish for 13lbs, while also releasing 5 others.  John Legeoin and boat man John Molloy had 6 fish for over 7lbs, and Sebastian Deganay had a lovely trout of 3lb. Raymond Lee took 7 trout for 11lbs over 2 days, all to wet fly, while Peter Kelly had 3 trout for 5lbs in one days fishing.  Peter Ryder and Larry Hession, fishing the dap and traditional wetfly for 3 days, had 13 trout for approx. 18lbs.

 

Anglers fishing the Braithreach na Coiribe Mixed Grill competition on Sunday had some excellent fishing. 48 anglers caught 34 trout.  Jimmy Riddel and James Beatty were first with 8 trout for 17lbs, second was Harold and Kevin O’Toole with 6 trout for13 lbs. In third place were the Collins family – Niall, Deirdre and Cathal – who also had 6 fine trout weighing in at just over 12.5lbs. Eugene Mc Carthy had the heaviest trout, a smashing fish of 6.5lbs.

Mayfly hatches are increasing in size by the day, and with the milder conditions this week angling should provide excellent sport over the next 2 weeks. “Duffers fortnight” may be upon us!

Michael Diskin with a 3lbs brown trout taken while dapping mayfly on Lough Corrib
Michael Diskin with a 3lbs brown trout taken while dapping mayfly on Lough Corrib