Declan Gibbons reports from Lough Corrib:.

Starting in the Oughterard area, Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reports excellent trout fishing for his clients; especially on mayfly and sedge patterns. On Saturday, Basil and Mallow angler, Neil Glavin, had 13 trout to the boat on dry mayfly patterns with the best fish being 2 lbs. 11oz. Earlier on Friday, Jim Buchannan, Armagh, fished with Basil and enjoyed a super day on wet flies catching 14 fish, best at 5 lbs. 6 oz. and all sportingly released. Limerick Duo John Burton and Mike Murphy had excellent fishing boating ten trout on wets with John catching the best fish tipping the scales just shy of 6 lbs., with all ten fish sportingly released. Good fortune continues for Belfast angler Colin Wright who fished with Basil for three days. The pair landed 39 trout on a mixture of wet and dry flies with wets out-fishing the dries. Best fish was 4 lbs. 4 oz. On Wednesday and Thursday last, Northern Ireland anglers, Frankie Martyn and Victor McKrevitt Cumber, had 11 trout for their two days angling.

Tom Kelly reports that Carlow duo, Jimmy Carew and Niall Malone, had good sport on the dap in the Oughterard area catching 7 trout over two days for 12 lbs. During the week, the Commercial Boat Club Woodquay Galway hosted the Willie Lally Cup which was won by Richard King with a trout of 3 lbs. Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Boat Hire (087-7573782) also had good trout fishing on wet flies in the Oughterard area catching 3 trout last Friday on mayfly patterns.

On Saturday last, former Irish Ladies International, Dorrie Gibbons, hosted a charity competition which saw the proceeds go towards a sensory garden for children with special needs who attend Cong NS. Basil Shields took top prize with 4 fish and a total weight of 9 lbs. 3oz. Eddie Gibbons was in second place with 3 fish weighing 5 lbs. 82oz. Third place went to Cornamona angler Tom Doc Sullivan with one fish at 3 lbs. 16oz; Tom was also Heaviest Fish winner. Fourth was Seamus Kelly with 2 trout weighing 2 lbs. 72 oz. Top Ladies rod on the day went to Kenmare woman Niamh Breen. In total, forty-three rods caught 22 trout with a weight of 37.75 lbs. The Competition was dapping and fly fishing and could be fished on both Lakes Corrib and Mask with 15 trout (27 lbs.) coming off Corrib and 7 trout (10.75 lbs) coming off Mask. The weigh-in took place at Lydon’s Lodge Cong (094-9546053) in which a great evening was had by all.

Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge Glencorrib (087-9135222) reports of great fishing on Lough Corrib in the last week with both sedges and mayflies bringing trout to the surface. Pip Arnold from Belfast fishing with Larry over two days boated 24 trout between 1 lbs. and 3 lbs. with the majority around 1.5 lbs. All fish were caught on dry sedge patterns and yellow dry mayfly patterns and were all sportingly released. Two days with Frank Kelly and Tony Harten from Cavan produced 12 fish with the majority in the 2 lbs range and more risen and missed, while Steve Wilkinson, UK, also enjoyed a good day’s fishing on Corrib with 8 trout on wet may fly patterns. Hopefully a settled period of weather will arrive and we should see some more good fishing on the Corrib.