Peter Gleeson reports that with the mayfly hatch well underway, angling on Lough Derg has been reasonably good over the past week, despite the cold and often blustery conditions.

According to Peter hatches of mayfly are especially prevalent in the shallow areas of the lake, particularly, Church Bay, Dromineer Bay, Youghal Bay and Luska. Predictably the lower than average temperatures have so far militated against evening gnat fishing.

John Kennedy of the Garrykennedy Club won the annual competition for the Giblin Cup hosted by Scariff and Mountshannon Anglers on Sunday last (April 22nd). John’s trout of 4lbs 12ozs was caught in the calm at the back of Hare Island on a dry fly. He also had another fish on the same day of 1lb 14 ozs, also on dry.

Meanwhile, a total of 16 fish over the 14-inch size limit were weighed in for the fly competition hosted by the Garrykenny Club on Sunday last. Some were fish in the two to three and a half pounds category.

Traditional wet mayflies are proving effective in a good wave while dries such as wulffs are doing the business in the calmer areas off sheltered shores and on the lee of islands.

If weather conditions improve we could see the beginning of gnat fishing this coming weekend.


Lough Derg boat hire

Giblins Angling Services

Boats for hire with or without 4hp engine, landing nets and life jackets.
Address: Fishermans Paradise, Scarrif, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)67 921851Mob: +353 (0)87 2580329
Email: [email protected] Web:

John Louis Bigot

Address: Ballygreen, Garraunboy, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Tel: +353 61 37 67 98 Fax: +353 61 37 67 98 Mobile: +353 87 6412658
Email: [email protected] Web:

Whelan’s Boat Hire

Address: Killaloe Bridge, Killaloe, Co. Clare
Tel: +353 (0)86 8140559
Email: [email protected]

Noel Bugler

Adress: Killaloe Bridge, Killaloe, Co. Clare (adjacent to the tourist office)
Tel: +353 (0)86 7856633

Jeremy Mannion

Address: Lough Derg Holiday Village, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 61 376777 Fax: +353 61 749877
Email: [email protected] Web:

Lakeside Holiday & Watersports Park

Address: Thomas Bottcher, Mountshannon, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 927225
Email: [email protected] Web:

Kincora House

Ursula Quirke, Church Street, Killaloe, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 376149.
Email: [email protected] Web:

Derg Lodge

Liam Waterstone, Mountshannon, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 927180 Mob: +353 (0)87 6552454

Lough Derg Self Catering Houses

Lorraine Tully, Lough Derg Holiday Houses, Whitegate, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0) 86 8192195
Email: [email protected] Web:

Fahy’s Farmhouse

Sean & Mary Fahy, Cappagh, Ballycrissane, Portumna, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)90 9675268
Email: [email protected]

Shannonside Angling

PK & Mary Gleeson, Portland, Lorha, Portumna, Co. Tipperary.
Tel: +353 (0)90 9747213 Mob: +353 (0)87 6216295
Email: [email protected]

Tir na Fiuise

Niall Heenan, Terryglass, Borrisokne, Co. Tipperary.
Tel: +353 (0)67 22041 Mob: +353 (0)87 2445547
Email: [email protected] Web:

Riverrun Cottages

Tom & Lucy Sanders, Terryglass, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Tel: +353 (0)67 22125 Mob: +353 (0)87 6599461
Email: [email protected] Web:

Collins’ Boat Hire

John Collins , Whitegate, Co. Clare.
Tel: +353 (0)61 927025
Email: [email protected]

Jim Robinson

140 Oakleigh Wood, Doordoyle, Co. Limerick.
Tel: +353 (0)87 2339999
Email: [email protected] Web:

Murrays Angling Services

Address: Derryhiney, Portumna, County Galway
Tel: +353 (0)90 9759596 Mob: 087 3121595
Email: [email protected] Web: