Luke O’Connell from Ballisodare Angling Club reports

Given the conditions for the week there was very good fishing at Ballisodare with 74 fish caught, 28 of which were released. With the river being so low due to a prolonged dry spell, the fishing mainly took place at the Falls with worm, fly and prawn each taking good numbers of fish. The best fish of the week was a cracker of approximately 12 lbs. which was caught on the prawn and sportingly released. Fish at the moment are averaging between 4 to 5 lbs. with six and seven pounders also being caught. Still a decent number of sizeable fish about but they are proving to be hard caught.

Visiting French anglers, Frederick Rollin and Allain Colonvan, had a couple of good days catching 5 between them (several released), skating a small hitched plastic tube fly, a method not often practiced at Ballisodare but one that in these tough conditions will now be used more often! On Monday, Eamon Ruddy had a nice 6 lbs. fish on the worm. Paddy Beirne had 2 nice grilse on Tuesday both on the prawn weighing approx. 5 lbs. each, one was released. On Tuesday Mark Walton had his first ever fish on the prawn (also his first time to try it), a grilse of 4 lbs. The prawn can be a very effective method at the Falls in this dry warm weather! Dermot Glennon also released two (4 lbs. & 6lbs.) on the prawn on the same day.  Alan McMaster visited the Ballisodare fishery on Wednesday and went home with two nice 4 lbs. grilse caught on the worm. Visiting party from Dublin, the O’Dwyers, also had a good day: Mark, Frank and Dominic all had fish, mainly on worm but Dominic managed a 4 lbs. grilse on the prawn. Sean Haran had a good fish of 7 lbs on Wednesday also. On Thursday, Jim Fingerton from Dublin landed a lovely sea-liced seven pounder fish on the worm. On Friday, Joan Bowen-Walsh had her first success of the 2016 season and she done it in style, not only catching one, but catching two fish on the worm! David Sheilds done well this day catching two on the fly, one fish was approximately 8 lbs.

Father and Son, Vincent and Michael Flynn, fished on Saturday and had four fish between them;, Vincent had three on the fly (one released) weighing 4.4 lbs. and 5 lbs., while Michael had his first of the season, a 4 lbs. grilse on the worm. Other good fish recorded on Saturday were caught by Paul McGrory (7 lbs. on the fly), Albert Berry (6 lbs. also on the fly) and visiting angler, Micheal Hennebery, who had a lovely 9 lbs. fish also on fly. Anthony McCann and Billy McDevitt had the best fish on Sunday weighing 6 lbs. and 7 lbs. respectively; Anthony had his on the prawn, while Billy got his one on the worm. Other fish were caught in the 4 to 5 lbs. bracket on worm, prawn and fly.

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