The following is the angling report for the Erriff for the period 11th – 18th July. We have had great fishing here on the Erriff with anglers landing 31 salmon during this time.

We finally had a rise in water levels on the 11th bringing the river up 8 inches. As a result this brought in fresh grilse which provided anglers with great sport. The following are some of the catches by our anglers: on Thursday 11th Andrew Beattie released a nice fresh 3.25lbs grilse from the Holly Pool on Beat 8 using a Cascade, followed later that evening by 3 more grilse from the Falls and Upper Garden pools ranging in weight from 3lbs – 4.5lbs using a Cascade. Chloe Stafford also fished that evening and released a nice 4lbs wild grilse in the Upper Garden Pool.

Visiting angler Steve Williams fished with us for 3 days and had 3 wild salmon released for his visit of 5.5lbs, 5lbs and 4lbs using a Stoats Tail variant and a Silver Stoat in the Holly Pool on Beat 8 and the Middle Garden and Falls pools on beat 9. Larry Bergin fished with us on the 17th and landed his 1st fly caught salmon ever in the Middle Garden Pool using a Willie Gunn. Peter Murphy had great sport on the evening of the 17th with the water just dropping, releasing 3 wild grilse of 5lbs each on a Posh Tosh and Stoats Tail in the Lower and Middle Garden pools and fellow angler David Meehigan landed 2 grilse of 3lbs and 4.5lbs in the Middle Garden Pool also on a Posh Tosh.

The next morning Peter Murphy again was into action this time releasing 5 wild grilse of 4.5lbs and a small grilse of 1.5lbs all on a Posh Tosh in the Upper and Middle Garden pools which concluded a fantastic mornings fishing for Peter! Alan Molloy fished the evening of the 17th and released 2 wild grilse of 3lbs and 4lbs from the Broken Bridge pool on Beat 5. Jack Mannion fished the 18th and and landed 2 grilse of 6lbs and 4lbs on a Park Shrimp and Willie Gunn from the Humps & Hollows and Black Banks on Beat 6, 1 of which was wild and returned. Regular visitor Raphael Amat landed 3 grilse of 4lbs, 5.5lbs and 6lbs from the Falls that afternoon on a Cascade and Blue Charm, 2 of which were wild and released, and he also lost 4 more!

Since the report we have had significant rain on Sunday, bringing a massive flood of well over 2 metres on the gauge on Monday. Fish are being caught, and these will be included in the next report, but today the river is at 1.08m and will be busy!

 

Go Fishing

The Erriff is a spate river draining beautiful mountain scenery and entering the sea at Killary Harbour, near Leenane. The river is split into 9 beats, and is flyfishing only for the most part. The river provides quality fishing for salmon and sea trout in spectacular surroundings. There is also lake fishing available on Tawnyard Lough, on one of the tributaries, providing sea trout fishing from July to September.

If you wish to book fishing please call the fishery office on (095) 42382 or email us at erriff.fishery@fisheriesireland.ie