Peter Gleeson reports that he Mayfly season on Lough Derg has got off to a rather sluggish start. The unseasonally cold weather has probably contributed to the low catch rates, yet there are a few anglers who have had reasonable days out.

One of those who had a great day  was Seamus Molamphy who landed two great fish on wetfly at Castlelough – one of 5lbs and the other of 2lbs – on Tuesday of this week.

But such great fishing has been far from the norm. Some anglers have spent a whole week on the lake without recording a single catch.

Garrykennedy Fishing Club held competitions on both Saturday and Sunday last, with disappointing results for most anglers taking part.

The few who ventured out in the almost gale force winds on Saturday returned fishless.

Six fish over the legal 14 inches were weighed in on Sunday –  Brian Barry’s 3lbs 8ozs being the best by far. All but one of the six fish were caught on wetfly.

Hatches of fly have been good in Youghal Bay, Luska and Dromineer Bay, but few fish have been seen taking from the surface.

Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian