Corrib Sunrise - a lovely time to be on the water
Corrib Sunrise – a lovely time to be on the water

The incredible summer weather has broken at last, but at least the temperatures remain warm. The rain is badly needed at most fisheries and even a number of lakes have started to drop following the long dry spell. The strong winds that accompanied Storm Hector remind us all as anglers that safe fishing begins with our actions. Being aware of weather forecasts, tides and other conditions is vitally important but all anglers afloat, waders and those fishing the rocky shores should wear a life jacket or PFD.

Low water levels and bright sun make salmon fishing tough, but the bit of water saw fortunes change at a number of fisheries. The Moy, Drowes, Munster Blackwater and Galway Fishery all had decent fishing recently and even the Laune reported some good sport despite the prevailing conditions. We also have updates from Lough Currane and the Owenmore in Kerry, River Lee and Bandon in Cork, Delphi, the Erriff, the Owenea and the River Nore.

Ferdi Rodregas about to release a salmon on the Ballyduff Bridge Fishery, Munster Blackwater –  #CPRsavesfish – wins Catch of the Week

Daytime trout fishing was almost impossible with the never ending sunshine, but the early mornings and evenings provided good fishing on Corrib as Caenis and Sedge hatches got the fish feeding. Mask was fairly quiet but some anglers have enjoyed a bit of success. The midlands lakes like Ennell, Owel and Lene have entertained trout anglers and even in the brightest conditions produced some decent fishing. River reports were thin on the ground but rivers like the Nore will continue to produce a few fish on nymph and dry.

Reports in from Cavan tell us that Nicky Harrison came first in the Arvagh Festival with a total weight of 27.00kg. The Derek Pratt Memorial was held on Sunday and fishing improved greatly with the winning peg on Kevin’s Shore at just over 42kg, with some bream up to 5lb. Not bad fishing to say the least!

Sea anglers have been getting some great shore angling and we have a couple of great reports in from Donegal Bay. Charter boat fishing is also busy, despite the level of reporting. Sometimes the skippers are too busy unhooking fish to let us know what is happening! Anyway, we have reports from Wicklow and Galway this week and expect to have more to report next week.

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And now the weather…

Friday will be a cloudier day with scattered outbreaks of rain. The south and east will stay mainly dry. In the evening the rain will turn more persistent in the west and north. Highest temperatures of 13 to 17 degrees with moderate southwest breezes increasing fresh to strong and gusty along Atlantic coasts by evening time. It looks like it’s going to be a wet and windy weekend. Widespread rain on Saturday with a dry start to Sunday followed by scattered showers.  Highest temperatures of 15 to 19 degrees with moderate to fresh southerly winds, later becoming southwesterly. The warm, wet and wind weather will hold Wednesday at least. Not a bad fishing forecast…

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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