Declan Cooke IFI reports from Lough Conn:

Lough Conn

The bad weather which bedevilled this year’s mayfly season appears to have resulted in a very prolonged hatch, best described as a “trickle”, of mayfly which has persisted right up to the end of June. The small daily hatches appear to be enough to keep fish actively feeding on the surface and there has been some good trout fishing reported from around Lough Conn.

Several parties fished out of Cloonamoyne over the past two weeks with David and Tony Jackson from Gloucester fishing for six days and returning 54 trout, all on dry mayfly patterns. Tony McGrattan and father Eugene from Dublin returned 22 trout this time on wet fly patterns (mainly mayflies). Their best fish was 1.75 lbs. Willie Scully and David Penny from Palmerstown, Co. Dublin fished for six days and returned 64 trout, again on dry mayfly patterns, while brothers John and Gerry O’Donnell from Donegal fished in Bog Bay and returned 24 trout to one pound, all on wet flies. Best fish 2 lbs. and most successful fly was a Claret Dabbler.

A lovely 1.25 lbs. Conn trout, unhooked and ready for return
A lovely 1.25 lbs. Conn trout, unhooked and ready for return

Locally based guide Ian Wise from the Cloonamoyne Fishery at Enniscoe House, fished with John Tobin from Cheam off the Juroge. They had 7 fish, best was a sea trout of two pounds to Ian with a brown trout of 1.5 lbs. to John all on the Red Wulff.

Bevan Craig and son Ewan from Cork fished for two days in Ned’s and Flannery’s Bays and returned 23 trout with the best weighing 2 lbs. Their fish were caught on both wet and dry patterns mostly Wulffs, Cock Robin and Sooty Olive.

Cannon John Flynn and family from Kilkenny fished for five days and had 31 trout all caught on dry Olive patterns. Their best fish was 1.75 lbs.

Last Saturday, Ian Wise fished with Barry Seagrave from Kells and boated eight trout to 1.5 lbs. all on dry patterns. The most productive areas seem to be Flannery’s Bay to the Abbey Point, Woodford Shallows and the Jurogue.

Declan Cooke
Iascach Intíre Éireann
Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ballina