Ronan Cusack reports from a busy Lough Mask:
Plenty to reports again this week, as the Olives make their first appearance of 2016. Weather remains extremely cold, but Good hatches of small cinnamon sedge continue on a daily basis, which results in plenty of surface activity.
Headford angler Conor Ledwith fished wet-flies for 2 days last week and he finished with 8 trout (best fish 2lbs all returned). Tim Hannon, Ballinrobe, spent a few hours on Mask most days last week and had good results on each outing. Gerry O’Brien, also from Ballinrobe fished with his son Damien for a day last week and they had 8 trout on wets (best fish 2lbs all returned). Ronan Cusack and Gerry Moran had 8 on Wednesday last, on a combination of wets and buzzer (best fish 2.5lbs all returned). Eddy Gibbons, Tourmakeady, fished with John Murry on Saturday and they had 4 trout for their efforts (best fish 1.5lbs all returned). Ballinrobe anglers Kevin Egan and Michael Vahey had 5 on Saturday pulling wets (best fish 2lbs all returned).
The Tourmakeady angling club held the Churchfield Cup, catch and release competition on Sunday last. This was won by Liam Conroy with 5 fish. Second was Mick Dunne with 4 and in third position was John Burke with 2. Mick Dunne also gave a lesson on how to catch Mask trout on Saturday, when he fished with friends, John Brennan and Ciaran Newman from the mid-lands. The result at the end of the day was Mick Dunne 7, to no score.
Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at email@example.com