Declan Gibbons reports the last week saw good fishing for anglers to mayfly and sedge patterns, with less rod pressure on Lough Corrib due to anglers practicing and participating in the World Cup final on Lough Mask. Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge, Oughterard (091-552550) reports John Maher landed 3 trout on dry sedges on Sunday, with the best fish being 2lbs, and on Wednesday Myles McHugh caught 2 trout on dry mayflies – best fish 2.75lbs. Staying in the Oughterard area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Bay Boat Hire (087-9604170) says visiting French anglers Mr Pierre Delbar and son had 3 trout trolling on Monday last – best fish 2.75lbs – and on Tuesday Mr Sebastian Michelle, another visiting French angler, had 2 trout trolling for a half a day’s fishing.

In the Cong area Frank Costello of Ashford Bay Boat Hire (087-2524253, reports there is good fishing still to be had in the area, with Jim Connell of Ballaghadereen and Manchester catching 4 trout up to 1/75lbs, 3 of which were sportingly released. Jim caught the trout on wet fly and also had numerous smaller fish on his trip to Lough Corrib.

In the Greenfields area angler Andrew Boyd and visiting English angler Ben Watson enjoyed a good day’s sport on dry may fly and sedge patterns, boating 5 trout between 1.5lbs and 2.5lbs.

Larry McCarthy from Corrib View Lodge (087-9135222, was also in touch to report good fishing for clients. Larry says it was another good week on Corrib with trout on sedge and mayfly patterns; some notable returns were Brendan Burke and Pat Orange from Dublin catching 4 trout on Monday and Tuesday between 2.5lbs and 3lbs – well done Brendan in his 86th year still pulling them out. Paddy Kinneavy fished with Larry on one day and boated 8 fish between 1.5lbs and 3lbs, all on mayfly patterns. Saturday produced 6 trout to dry sedge patterns in the Greenfields area, all sportingly returned.

Brendan Burke from Dublin, still tempting wily Corrib trout in his 86th year, with a nice trout caught recently with Larry McCarthy.
Brendan Burke from Dublin, still tempting wily Corrib trout in his 86th year, with a nice trout caught recently with Larry McCarthy.

Upcoming Competitions

The Corrib Federation Cup (Catch & Release) is being held on the 23rd of August out of Birchall. Fishing is from 11am to 6pm on a catch, measure and release basis. Entry is €25, with all proceeds going to the federation’s fundraising for habitat improvement works on the rivers around Corrib. Entries must be in to Philip Comber at 086 2786301 by Thursday evening when the draw takes place.

Frank Butler was in touch to say that Collinamuck and District Angling Club are hosting the Galway Wind Park Cup on Sunday August 30th, with fishing from 11am-6pm and an impressive €500 in prizes. This is a dapping/casting competition and all are welcome. Enquiries to Frank on 087 329077 or Dave on 087 8507561