Declan Gibbons reports that activity on the angling scene was slow last week due to Storm Ali during mid week and rising lake levels, with sport being very mixed with action on dry olives, dry sedges and Daphnia and fry feeders.
Philip Comber of The Old Stone Barn, Golden Bay [email protected] reports reasonably good wet fly fishing in the area for the last week and a half primarily on sedge patterns, the best bag reported at the Old Stone Barn over the last week was 6 fish for approx. 10lbs. Anglers Damien and Joe Martin guided by Philip had 4 fish on Sunday for 8lbs.
On Saturday last Ted Wherry of Mayfly Lodge, Ballynalty (tel. 087-4305957) and Richard Robinson enjoyed an excellent afternoon on dry olives landing fish up to 4.5lbs.
Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reported excellent angling which was hampered by storm Ali and cooler temperatures, but still got out for three out of the seven days. Those that did get out were as follows, Dave Neal had 7 fish on dry olives with the best fish being 3.5lbs; Peter Boyle had 5 fish on dry sedges with the best fish being 3.5lbs, and Northern Ireland duo Charlie Orr & Billy Spears had 11 fish on Daphnia with the best fish being 1.75lbs.
Staying in the Oughterard area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Bay Boat Hire, Guiding & Self Catering (087-9604170) guided two French anglers on Friday last and landed 3 trout trolling with the best fish being 3.5lbs for their first visit to Ireland & Lough Corrib.
In the Cornamona area Richard Gibbons from Cong & Ross Kirwan from Sixmilebridge, now residing in Wales were out on Friday last in the Carrick-Dooras area and Ross had the good fortune of catching a spectacular trout over 7lbs and a second smaller trout both on a Claret Dabbler which were both sportingly released.
Staying in the Cornamona area Paul Durass staying at Grasshopper Cottage Dooras (094-9548165) enjoyed good fishing in the Inchagoill area with the best fish being 4.5lbs.
It’s the final furlong now, with just a few days left in the season, and anglers will be keen to get out for a last cast before Saturday evening signals the start of a long winter of flytying and reminiscing about a warm southwesterly breeze and hatching mayfly. Conditions look reasonably good with no big wind forecast, so hopefully the lake will see plenty of activity and some good reports to round off the season.