Reports from Connemara are sparse this week, as low water levels over the last week were superseded by heavy rain on Tuesday, following which rivers have been in flood. As the floods clear salmon and sea trout are starting to move in better numbers, and I expect to have much more to report next week with these better conditions now promising good fishing for the next few days.
Among the fisheries expected to fare well are Costello and Fermoyle, where the numbers caught have been ahead of previous years so far. Contact Terry Gallagher at [email protected] or on 087 2399988 to book fishing.
Lough Inagh should also feature well, with the lake now at a good level for fishing and releasing plenty of water to the river downstream. Colin Folan is the man to contact there, email [email protected] or call the hotel at 095 34706.
Downstream of Inagh, the Ballynahinch Castle beats will be seeing a lot of fish running on the fresh water and should produce good sport to the rod over the coming weeks. Contact the castle at 095 31006 for enquiries.
Screebe Lodge will also be expecting a good run of grilse and sea trout, and with the lakes close to the estuary providing fishing they are less dependent on floods to entice fish in. Fishery manager Trevor Down had a lovely brown trout from Screebe Lake during the week, which shows the quality of fish available, not just salmon and sea trout. To book fishing contact Screebe House at 091 574110 or check www.screebe.com