Angling has improved somewhat on the Loughs with Mayfly hatching in reasonable numbers, as well as hatches of Olives continuing. The warm settled weather predicted should improve late evening fishing. Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, long time visitor to the area Jeffery Cooke, U.K., reported 18 trout over six days. Harry Richfield, Switzerland boated six trout to Wulff’s over two days, while Brendan Walsh, Co. Galway, had two fish for 3lbs on Mayflies. Richard Bell, N.Ireland, fishing with daughter Denise (who caught her first ever trout) and son James, had four trout and two pike over three days.
Angling out of Gerry Murphy’s Boat Hire, Massbrook, Colin Wilson and John Rowan, N.Ireland, had six and three trout respectively, over two days, while Larry O’Reilly, Co. Dublin, had three for one day. The Bell family, Co. Tipperary, averaged six trout each over three days, with their best weighing in at 2.5lbs. Graham Williams, U.K., and Jack Lynch, Co. Donegal, had three each over two evenings on Mayflies on Lough Cullen.
Anthony Gallagher and party of six anglers from the U.K., fishing three boats averaged four trout per day, plus one 20lbs pike! Bob Alias, U.K., boated four trout and one salmon while fishing the Bumble Olive and various Dabblers, while Andrew Mackin, Co. Meath and party of four recorded four trout all taken on Dabblers.
Visiting anglers Mark Wilson and brother Martin, Co. Antrim, along with friends Archie Robinson and Davy Smyth, Ballymoney, fishing from Cloonamoyne fishery with Ian Wise had over 35 trout for the week both on wet-fly and dries. Best flies were Green Peter, Golden Olive Bumble and dry Green Mayfly.
At the Crossmolina end of L.Conn, James Melvin and Jonathan Whelan, U.K., had six trout over two evenings averaging 1 lb, taken on dry Mayflies. Anthony Lynott, Co. Limerick and Michael Johnston, Co. Clare, reported 8 trout to Mayflies over a day and a half.
Fishing from Brackwansha, Peter Roche had seven over one evening while Stephen Brown boated two. Harry McCafferty and Mick McNeeley landed four for an evening on Mayflies and Olives.
Foxford Anglers hosted the Annual Foxford Lodge evening competition on Lough Conn on Thursday past. The competition, where catches were limited to those in excess of 13 inches saw five trout returned for weigh in. In first place was Stephen Brown, Cloghans, with two trout for 3.45lbs, second place went to Michael Monaghan, with one of 1.73lbs, in third was Peter Roche with one of 1.72lbs and fourth was Ryan Binley with one of 1.63lbs. The Club also hosted their Presidents Cup competition on Sunday, where 19 anglers returned 6 trout. Taking first place on the day was Billy McGhee, Ballyvary, with one trout of 1.15kg, second went to Peter Roche, Cloghans, with one of 0.80kg and in third was Gary Binley with one of 0.55kg.
Lough Conn and Cullen Anglers held their two day Whit Weekend competition, again with a 13 inch minimum limit. Eighty anglers fisher over the two days, with 63 trout weighed in. First place was won by Seamus Kelly, Cloghans, who had 6 trout for 3.01kg, Garry Piggott, Ballina, claimed second place with four trout for 2.7kg and Ivor Cox, Co. Laois took third with two for 2.5kg.