It’s been another excellent week for trout anglers on Loughs Conn & Cullin despite the fact that the mayfly hatches, which started last week, are still a little sparse.  On Conn, fish are still feeding on olives and buzzers with only a little mayfly action occurring in Castlehill Bay.

Jon Walsh from Cloghans had some excellent fishing in his home bay with 7 super trout on Saturday last. Most fish were caught on Claret Dabblers and the best fish was around 3 lbs. All fish were returned.

John Walsh with a fine 3 lbs. trout from Lough Conn
John Walsh with a fine 3 lbs. trout from Lough Conn

 Johnny Warren also had a fantastic week with 15 good trout recorded over period of four days. He was fishing mostly in Pratt’s Bay and Flannery’s Bay on the western side of Lough Conn. Thursday was particularly good as some heavy hatches of olives occurred and the trout took full advantage of the abundance of food at the surface. Johnny caught numerous trout between 1 lb. and 2 lbs. mostly on a Red Arsed Green Peter and Sooty Olive. Ian Wise also had a few excellent days in Pratt’s Bay with 11 trout over 14”, as well as numerous others which were undersized. Most of the fish came to a size 14 Green Peter

At Gerry Murphy’s Boat Hire, Massbrook, John Flanagan & Mick Sweeny, Loughrea, had 12 keepers over two days. Fishing mainly in the Massbrook and Victoria Bay area they had plenty of action with trout in a variety of sizes, mostly on wet mayfly patterns. Their best fish was a cracker of 3 lbs.  Also in the Massbrook area last Friday, Sean Dively had 4 trout (all released) on a Green Dabbler, best fish at 1.5 lbs. Derek Lonergan & James Murphy, Kildare, fished around Victoria Bay and had 14 trout all on a variety of wet flies.  Best fish at approx. 2.5 lbs. and, again, all trout were returned.

Back to the east side of the lake and Brendan Breslin & Mick McNeeley, both Knockmore, had 11 trout (all released) last Saturday in the Brackwansha area. Conn regulars Steven Browne & Rory Harkin could only make it out onto the lake for two hours last Saturday. They headed to the nearby Cloghans Bay and had some frantic action with dry olives. Numerous fish were caught and released including 5 fish over 1.5 lbs. Harry McCaffrey from Ballina headed for his favourite drift on L. Conn last Thursday and was rewarded with 6 good trout as well as a number of smaller ones. His best fish was just over 2 lbs. caught on a Claret Dabbler.

Connor Dowd and Sam Byrne, Galway, enjoyed a great day last Friday with 16 trout on dry olives, mainly in the Cloghans area, while Chris Flannery & Jack Connolly, Sligo, boated 13 trout on dry olives in Cloghans and Sandy Bay on Saturday.

Local regular, Paul Caslin, had just one day on L. Cullin last week and fishing his “never fail” Ginger Dabbler had  4 good trout. Paul reported fairly good hatches of mayflies as well as a few olives and if the weather improves next week, fishing will probably hit its seasonal peak on Cullin. Bruce Vaughan, visiting from the UK, also had 4 decent fish on Cullin on dry mayfly patterns, while Richard Binley, Foxford, had 3 also on mayflies.