Declan Gibbons gives an overview of angling on Lough Corrib last week which saw an improvement on mayfly and sedges.
In the Oughterard area, Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (T: 091-552550) reports of greatly improved fishing in the area predominantly due to mayfly:
- Colin Wright from Belfast caught nine fish for his two outings last Friday and Sunday, on wet and dry mayfly, with the best fish being two and a half pounds.
- Robin Boyd and David Bromhead, visiting anglers from England, had eight fish for their outing on Lough Corrib, all on mayfly.
- Brothers Jerome and Pat Mullane had ten fish for two days, fishing all on dry mayfly pattern,s with the best fish being two and a quarter pounds.
- Visiting angler from England, David Seagrave, had seventeen fish for three days fishing on mayfly and olives with the best fish being three and a half pounds.
- Shannon anglers John Fitzgerald & Donie O Loughlin had seven fish for their day with two and a quarter pounds being the best fish.
Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge (www.corribangling.com) reports that the fishing for the first half of the week was difficult with bright sunshine and calm conditions:
- Chris Lee and two angling friends, Nick & Martin visiting from the UK, fished on Monday and Wednesday and had seven trout up to a pound and a half on dry mayfly in the Greenfields area.
- Trout and Salmon Magazine Editor Andrew Flitcroft and Deputy Editor Richard Baker fished with Larry on Thursday where they boated eight trout between a pound and a half and three pounds, on mayfly and sedges. In addition, several undersized trout were also returned.
- On Saturday, four guests staying at the lodge reported four trout up to two pounds on mayfly in the Inishanboe area.
Larry is hopeful the summer mayfly hatch is almost here and fishing returns will improve.
Loughrea anglers Willie Cullinane and Aidan Hodgins were fishing dries in the Inishmacateer area and boated three fish for their outing on Sunday last.
In the Cornamona area, Tom Doc Sullivan (http://www.tomdoc.com) guided regular visiting anglers, Tony and Elaine Stone, from Leeds in England. Elaine landed her personal best on Lough Corrib with a fish just over three pounds on a green peter which she sportingly released. This was followed by Elaine and Tony catching a further number of small fish.