Reporting from Ballynahinch for week ended 9th August Simon Ashe tells us that they had the best fishing week in 25 Years.

35 salmon have been landed over the past 9 days at Ballynahinch including a massive 17lb fish from Beat 6.  This incredible tally is on the back of a very healthy run of salmon over the counter  coupled with large numbers of resident salmon in the Castle Stretch.  Beats 4, 6 and 7 have a fantastic stock of fish and perfect fishing conditions have brought smiles to many anglers’ faces.

On 2nd August, Stephen Cullinane, landed a 17lb salmon from Frank’s Rock on Beat 6 having lost 2 more fish in the previous 30 minutes from the same place.  Stephen’s salmon was the largest fish taken from Ballynahinch in over 15 years.  There have been a 2 or 3 other large fish lost that are would reputedly have rivalled Stephen’s haul; poor nylon is being blamed!

Tom McManus was top rod for the week with 7 fish to 8lb followed by Paddy Corcoran with 5 salmon to 9lb.  Kevin Keaney and Club Member, Nigel McCorkell fished together for the week and had a joint tally of seven whilst the Markes brothers had 3 fine salmon to 6lb from Beat 4.  Other captors include Nicky and Derek Strauss, Ann Corcoran, Frank Flaherty, Cyril Biggins and Eamon Mannion.

Prospects for August

Water levels have dropped below the optimum height and the fish are not taking as freely as earlier in the week, however, with broken weather conditions forecast for the next 10 days at least combined with the numbers of resident fish we are confident of this fantastic season continuing.  Lough Inagh, Kylemore and the Erriff Fisheries are all reporting fantastic seasons to date, so a trip to Connemara over the coming week or so for some great fishing would be well worth it.

Fishing Reservations for 2013

Whilst we are very busy for the coming weeks there are still some slots available on the river and I would envisage some fantastic angling so long as the weather remains unsettled.  Contact the hotel reception on 095 31006 to make a reservation

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Ballynahinch Castle,

Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway.

Phone: 095 31006