Hatches are well behind on Corrib, with olives only making their first appearances this week. Some fish have been spotted feeding just under the surface, presumably on olive nymphs, although in the windy conditions hatching fly were difficult to observe. Donal Connolly  from Nonaim Lodge was out with guests Engue and Olivier, from France, on Sunday. The day was cold with strong north west winds, but they landed 3 trout, and moved a few more. Donal reported little or no fly hatches in the cold wind, but they did see a few fish moving and taking just below the surface. Donal and his wife Connie run a guesthouse at Glann, Oughterard – to book fishing or accommodation contact them on +353 (0) 85 7364830, or check www.fishingcorrib.com

The Cornamona Anglers held their annual Hospice Competition on Sunday, raising much-needed funds for the Galway Hospice. The event is run on a catch-and-release basis, with fish length being used to score. Tom Doc Sullivan reported on the competition for us:

This event has gone from strength to strength each year, and this year we had an entry of 31 teams of two, making up 62 rods on the day. The lake is currently at that difficult stage where there are no major hatches of fly, we are still waiting for the olives to hatch and there are no sightings at all of any Mayfly. It is interesting to note that the competition, on the same date last year was fished  with the Mayfly hatch well up! Not so this year thanks to the cold weather. With a fresh north westerly wind and cloud pulling wet flies was going to be the order of the day, and this method accounted for virtually all of the fish caught on the day

The event was won by Seamus Kelly, Oughterard and Joe Crane of Roundstone, popular winners. Seamus and Joe have supported the competition from its inception, and have come close to the top spot on a number of occasions, finally making the breakthrough this year – the two anglers had a total of 6 trout for 1,180 points. Second place went to Mike Coyne, Renvyle and Tom Carroll, Westport, continuing their recent good run having won the Oughterard 50, with 4 trout for 980 points .Third place was Phillip Rooney, Leitrim, former World Cup winner and Irish Ladies International Dorrie Gibbons from Cong, with 4 trout for 980 points

In total the 62 rods recorded 62 trout which considering the lull in fly activity was a decent return. The longest fish of the competition was shared between Martin Kinneavy and Phillip Comer who each had a trout measuring 47cm. The average length of the fish was 36cm.

On a side note Tom Sullivan of Cornamona landed a 9.5lb springer on an Olve Bumble while fishing the competition! All proceeds of this event go to the Galway Hospice and the event could not be run without the generous sponsorship it receives for the prizes.

The Garda club held a competition on last Friday, with 14 anglers recording 7 trout over the limit. Barry Carolan took top honour with 2 trout for 3.5lbs, with Mick Bradley in second with 2 trout for 3lbs.

The Braithreach na Coiribe club, based in Galway City, also held a competition on Sunday. The top boat was Nick and Mark Hanley, with 5 fish for 11.5lbs. Harold, Kevin and Hazel O’Toole were second, with 3 trout for 6.2lbs, and third place went to Mike and Pat McGrath with 1 trout for 1.25lbs.

The only other report of fly fishing came from Gerry Dixon, who landed 4 trout for approx. 6lbs to wetfly.

Karel Sourek from the Czech Republic, who readers may remember caught the 25lbs monster ferox trout a couple of years ago, was back recently to visit his friend Emil Bucko, who lives in Oughterard.

This was his fourth year in a row visiting Corrib in springtime, and while the high winds were not helpful, they still managed to land some great fish. This time the best fish was a beautifully-marked 15lbs trout. As Karel is a firm believer in catch-and-release, the fish was sportingly released again after a quick photograph.

Karel Sourek, from the Czech Republic, with a fine 15lbs feroc trout caught on Lough Corrib recently.
Karel Sourek, from the Czech Republic, with a fine 15lbs feroc trout caught on Lough Corrib recently.