Ronan Cusack reports that fishing on Mask has varied over the last week due to the ever-changing weather conditions.

The first good report of daphnia fishing came from Ballinrobe angler Kevin Beattie this week. Kevin had 7 fish over the size limit, plus a few undersize across the middle of the lake on Sunday (best fish 1.5lbs, all returned). Conditions on the day were perfect, with grey skies and a nice breeze. David Connors, also from Ballinrobe has put in a few early mornings on Caenis over the past week or two and enjoyed some great sport (best fish to date 2.5lbs). David reported seeing some unbelievable rises of fish, but typical of trout feeding on Caenis, difficult to sneak up on when you’re on your own. Richie Cameron has been chipping away on the dries and picking up fish most days he’s out. Noel O’Toole from Galway had a cracking fish of 5.5lbs on dries, at the mouth of Caher Bay on Sunday last.

Fly hatches over the past week have been good, with plenty of Caenis on the calm mornings and reasonable hatches of sedge to keep them interested during the day.

The forecast for the coming week is again for broken weather, so if you’re out, bring the dries and the deep is defiantly worth a look.

Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at [email protected]