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).

Mick Dunne doing what he does best.
Mick Dunne doing what he does best.

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.

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