This year looks like being the year of the June fly, as mayfly hatches are well behind, and even olives are only starting to appear this week. Fishing has been slow, and anglers are anxiously awaiting a bit of warmer weather to get hatches and fish moving.
The Cornamona Anglers held their annual wetfly competition last Sunday, with 20 anglers weighing in 13 trout over the limit. Jackie Coyne from Renvyle was the winner, with 3 trout for 3.21lbs. Second place went to Mike Shanks from Cornamona, with 2 trout for 2.27lbs, and local angler Martin Kinneavy was third, with 2 trout for 2.17lbs.
On the Oughterard side, a large Mayfly Festival Competition was held on Sunday as well, with 98 anglers taking part. Hatches and fishing were sparse on the day, with just 16 trout weighed in. Local tackle shop owner Tommy Tuck put local knowledge to best use and took top honours with 2 trout for 2.36kgs. Kevin Molloy was second, with 2 trout for 1.68kgs, and B. Molloy was third, with 2 trout for 1.62kgs.
Frank Butler reported that the Collinamuck and District Angling Club held the Dowling and Butt Cups Competition last Sunday. Fishing was slow, with just 4 trout recorded for the weigh in. Winners of the Dowling Cup with 2 trout for 4.5lbs were Mike Keady, Dave Connolly and Gerry Reilly. Second were Paddy O’Farrell and Noel Carter with 1 trout for 3lbs, and 3rd were John Butler, Frank Butler and James Bohan with 1 trout. Paddy O’Farrell received the Butt Cup for the heaviest fish
The forecast for the week is for unsettled, cool and changeable weather. Hopefully hatches will start improving over the next few days and we will have better fishing to report next week.