Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports on fishing over the last 2 weeks.

The weather was rather mixed during the 1st week with high clouds, bright sunshine and light winds and about .75 inches of rainfall. Neil Spellacy, Moycullen, Co. Galway released a fish estimated at 7lbs which was caught on a Black Shrimp in the Broken Bridge Pool on Beat 5. Brian Bell, Liverpool, caught a grilse in the Garden Pool on a Sunray Shadow. Anthony Holden, Dublin released a fish of 6.5lbs taken on a Yellow Cascade in the Falls Pool on Beat 9. King’s Pool on Beat 4 produced a grilse and a sea trout for Martin Davison from Northern Ireland,

Nick Fenton (NI) caught 2 grilse with one from King’s Pool and the second from Doyle’s Pool on Beats 4 and 6. Tobias Stern, Austria caught a grilse in the School House Pool on, Beat 3 on a Bann Special and unfortunately had a few more takes which didn’t hold. Paul Sheehan, Dublin caught one in Shratloe Pool at the bottom of Beat 5.

There was a massive spate of 3 metres on the Aasleagh Gauge on the 28th./29th and fishing was impossible for a while but the river started to clear slowly from Beat 1. First off the mark that morning was Roger Thompson (NI) with a grilse from The Wall Pool on Beat 1.   Stuart Topp, Orkney and Mike Sutherland, Edinburgh had a brilliant week catching 14 salmon and 24 sea trout (best sea trout 3lbs) between them, including fish from Black Banks, Colonel’s, School House and the Bridge Pool at the top of Beat 3 – most successful flies were Silver Stoat and Cascades.

The Garden Pool produced a grilse for Ian Ferris, Dublin – the fish was taken on a Waddington in high water. David Burke caught one in the Yellow Banks on Beat 5 and Philip Harte released a sea trout estimated at 3 lbs in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2. Gerry McGuinness caught 2 fish of 4lbs and 5lbs on a Black Shrimp on Beat 4.

Tawnyard Lough produced 6 sea trout and several brown trout.

Total catch for the period was 26 salmon (14 released) and 35 sea trout –all released.

Philip Harte with a nice sea trout of approx. 3lbs from the Erriff Fishery.
Philip Harte with a nice sea trout of approx. 3lbs from the Erriff Fishery.


The Erriff traditionally fishes very well during September, with some excellent catches during this month over the last few years. To book fishing or accommodation contact Jim at 095 42252, or email [email protected]