Erriff Fishery

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports that fishing on the Erriff picked up somewhat compared to the previous week as heavy rain increased water levels around mid-week and again towards the end of the week. In total, the river produced 12 salmon and 4 sea trout for the week.

David Clarke, UK, with his grilse from the Lower Garden Pool
David Clarke, UK, with his grilse from the Lower Garden Pool

Martin Owens, UK, who fished the Erriff for the first time caught a fine 8 pounder on a Yellow Shrimp in the Holly Pool on Beat 8, while David Clarke, also UK, had his first Erriff salmon in the Garden Pool on Beat 9 on a Cascade.  Neil Spellacy, Moycullen, Galway, released 2 fish taken on a Black Shrimp in the Glenanane Stones on Beat 7; Neil also caught & released a sea trout of 1.5lbs.

Neil’s good fortune continued later in the week with 4 grilse (3 of which were released), 2 grilse from Beat 6 and another 2 from the Hawthorn Run and Twin Rocks on Beat 7. A Black Shrimp accounted for 3 and a Cascade for the 4th fish.

Magician Keith Barry with his Erriff grilse
Magician Keith Barry with his Erriff grilse

The Yellow Banks on Beat 5 produced a nice grilse for Keith Barry, Dublin.  Keith also lost another two fish  . . .now was that good angling or “just magic” that the fish had a “trick” or two also.

To book fishing or accommodation at Aasleagh Lodge, contact Jim at +353 (0)95 42252, or check www.aasleaghlodge.ie for details.

Kevin Crowley
IFI Galway