Decaln Gibbons has all the news from Lough Corrib this week…

Miko Keane reports from the Cornamona area that hatches are sparse to fair in the area at the moment due to changing and unsettled weather but there is still some excellent fishing to be had.

On Sunday Cornamona hosted their Annual Wet Fly Competition with 28 anglers catching 62 trout with average weight of 1.3lbs. First place went to Padraig Walsh of Cornamona with 4 trout weighing 5.38lbs. In Second was Mike Kyne, Renvyle with 4 trout weighing 5.34lbs and Third went to Gerry Molloy, Oughterard with 4 trout weighing 5.19lbs. Heaviest Fish Prize went to Kevin Lydon, Maam with a trout weighing 2.64lbs on a dry mayfly.

Staying in the area, on Monday Dublin anglers, Declan Little, David O’Neill, D. Shanahan and John Fitzpatrick, enjoyed wet fly fishing catching 3 trout. Again on Monday Roscommon anglers Derek Madden and Michael McDermott had 3 trout to wet flies in the Dooras area. Noel Kirby of Letterfrack, Percy Hyland, Clifden and John Kelly, Galway also enjoyed the wet fly fishing in the Dooras area catching 3 trout on Monday.

Roy Pearse of Grasshopper Cottage, Dooras enjoyed excellent wet fly fishing with visiting German anglers catching 3 trout on wet flies. Scottish angler Robert Livingstone fished the Dooras area catching 2 trout on dry fly.

On Saturday Boatman John Sommerville Jnr & boatman Andrew Boyd had a group of five anglers out. Between them they caught 21 trout over 13 inches with most of them sportingly released.

In the Oughterard area Tom Kelly reports of excellent fishing. Brian & John Sullivan of Cork staying at Waterfront B&B Corrib View had 17 trout for two days fishing on wet fly, dry fly and dapping. Their best fish was 4 .25lb  and most fish were released. German angler Dieter Lampe had 14 trout for 3 days fishing with the best trout 2lbs. Scottish anglers Chris McEvoy & friend caught 8 trout for 3 days fishing.

After being blown of the lake in March John Roberts Die Williams and John Cowhan from Wales returned for a crack at the olives and weren’t disappointed they had 15 fish between them .

Til Frohlich and Mathias Mengert from Germany had 8 fish in Bog Bay and Portacarron Bay all on wet fly. Good hatches of Mayfly starting to appear not long now . For further information  on May early specials on accommodation and boat hire please see or email [email protected]

Basil Sheilds of Ardnasillagh Lodge( +353 (0)91 552550 ) reports excellent Olive and Buzzer hatches with Mayfly hatches just starting resulting in some excellent catches of visiting anglers. George Friel of Belfast caught 11 trout on wet may fly patterns on Sunday. Nigel Collison caught 6 trout on a mixture of wet and dry fly patterns. On Monday brothers David and Daniel Dobbs of Dublin enjoyed excellent buzzer fishing catching 22 trout. Friends Colman Counihan Cork and Ulrick Cronin Cork also enjoyed excellent buzzer fishing with many trout over 3lbs.

Angling in the Greenfields area saw two competitions take place the first on Thursday & Friday last.The All Ireland Garda Fly Fishing Competition with 18 anglers participating catching 36 trout.

Winner was Peter Mcguinness with 5 trout weighing 9.26lbs second place was Barry Carolan with 6 trout weighing 7.13lbs and in third place was Gerry Feeney with 5 trout weighing 5.14lbs and on Sunday in the Greenfields area the Headford and Corrib Anglers hosted the Andrew Egan Memorial Cup with !4 anglers catching 18 trout in first place was Paul Dignam Ennis with 3 trout weighing 6.96lbs Paul also was winner of the Heaviest fish category with a trout of four and a quarter pounds.Second place went to Harold O Toole Galway with a bag of 3 trout weighing 4.94lbs and in third place was another Galway angler Stephen Greaney with 2 trout weighing 4.85lbs.

In the Ballindiff area Clare Father & Son Val & Dave Egan enjoyed excellent dry olive & Buzzer fishing.