Declan Gibbons reports that angling on Corrib has still a lot to offer with mixed weather conditions. Hatches of mayfly, sedges and Caenis are happening when conditions are favourable.

Last Sunday saw a fundraising competition out of Greenfields for Oisin Reilly, a member of the Irish Youths fly fishing team who will be representing Ireland in August on the Lake of Menteith in Scotland. The competition was run on a Catch-and-Release basis with Ennis Angler Seamus O’Loughlin landing 5 trout for first place. Seamus caught 4 trout on wet fly and his fifth on a dry fly. In second place was Dublin angler Stuart Marrey who caught 3 trout, all on dry fly. In third place was the young man himself who will be representing Ireland, Oisin Reilly from Glencorrib, with 2 trout both taken on dry fly. Best lady angler on the day went to Cong woman Dorrie Gibbons with 1 trout. The competition saw 15 anglers catch 17 trout. We wish Team Ireland all the best in Scotland in August.

Staying in the area well-known angler Vincent Hughes, uncle of International coarse angler Cathal Hughes had a great day’s fishing on the dap, landing 3 trout in the Inchiquinn area, with the best fish 3.5lbs. Also in the Greenfields area former fisheries staff member Pat Day had 3 trout for 5lbs for two evening’s fishing on wet flies. In the Oughterard area Basil Sheilds of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reports Shannon angler Glen O’Connell had 1 fish on wet fly for his day’s fishing and fellow Shannon man John Fitzgerald landed 5 trout for 2 days – worth noting the Shannon boys were operating off a self-imposed 14 inch limit. Also at Ardnasillagh, Maurice Murphy of Strabane caught 2 trout on wet mayflies  – best fish 3.5lbs. Staying in the Oughterard area Gerry Molloy of Gerry Molloy’s Fishing Lodge (087-9190673) reports a group of visiting anglers –  3 Swiss and 1 German – enjoyed excellent fishing on Corrib from June 13th to June 27th. Also in the Oughterard area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Boat Hire (087-9604170)  reports French father and son  – the Deschamps -catching 3 trout trolling Rapalas for a half days fishing

It was a quieter week this week according to Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge (087-9135222, but there was still some good fishing to be had. Thursday was the first light wind morning and still the Caenis poured off, with 9 fish caught between 1.5 and 2.5lbs.

The huge early morning hatches of Caenis on Corrib have to be seen to be believed!
The huge early morning hatch of Caenis on Corrib has to be seen to be believed!

On Saturday two Northern Ireland anglers – Stephen Lusty and his mate Phillip – landed some cracking trout on crickets while boated by Frank Reilly, one of which weighed 4lb 8oz. On Sunday the two boys fished Caenis with Larry and landed 6 nice fish to 2lbs. On Monday they and Larry went to Carra and had 5 nice trout on dry olives between 1.5lbs and 2lbs.

Sedges are appearing with a second hatch of May fly at the moment so the good fishing should continue along with the broken weather.