Frank Reilly reports that angling proved difficult over the week on Corrib, with fine weather and bright conditions giving the trout the upper hand. However, anglers have started reporting good hatches of olives throughout the lake, as well as a sprinkling of early mayfly in the Cornamona area.  Early in the week Mike Faherty and James Kelly, fishing from Oughterard, landed 7 trout for 10lbs.  Hugh McMiller, Northern Ireland, also fished from Oughterard  for one day and landed 5 trout for 9lbs, all sportingly returned.

The Galway-based Inland Fisheries Ireland staff held their annual wetfly competition on Friday, with 16 anglers landing 6 trout in difficult bright conditions with very little wind.  The winner  was local expert  Martin Butler with a fine trout of 3.5lbs, taken on buzzer nymph.  Kevin Molloy took second place with 2 trout for 2.25lbs, while third was Seamus Hartigan with 1 trout for 1.25lbs.  Cong Anglers held a wet fly competition on Sunday the 20th, with 22 anglers landing 5 trout.  The winner  was Seamus O’Loughlin, Ennis with 2 trout for 4.12lbs. Second place went to Tommy O’Loughlin, Ennis with 2 trout for 3.1lbs, and third was Philip Comber, Cong with 1 trout for 1.75lbs.

The Greenfields area saw very little angling over the week, however Brendan McGee landed 4 trout for one outing.  Don Stiffe also landed 2 trout for a couple of hours fishing.  Eugene McGuinness landed 2 trout for 2 days.

The Cong River has provided some good salmon fishing over the week, with 8 salmon landed between 8lbs and 11lbs.  Young Cong angler Caolan McDonnell landed a fine salmon of  8lbs on a shrimp.  John Lavelle, Cong also landed a fish of 8.5lbs.

The showery and breezier conditions prevailing this week should see a big improvement in olive hatches, and with the hawthorn trees starting to blossom already, I won’t be surprised to see the mayfly hatch get underway very soon. The change in conditions and better hatches should see a lot more anglers out, and fishing prospects on Corrib are good for the next week.