Osgur Grieve reports from the Erriff Fishery.
The following is the angling report for the Erriff 13/6/19 – 19/6/19. We have had a very good week here on the Erriff with 23 salmon landed and more hooked and lost. Some of the catches were as follows: on Thursday 13th regular visitor David Dugdale finished his 3 day visit in style releasing a wild salmon of 8lbs from the Middle Garden Pool using a Cascade and a 3lbs grilse from the Gauge Pool, also on a Cascade. Later that afternoon regular anglers Sean McManmon fished with Pat Erritty and both were into action – Sean landed 2 ranched grilse of 4.27lbs and 5lbs on a Green Butt Cascade in the Sea Pool and Pat released a wild grilse of 2.5lbs also in the Sea Pool using a Green Butt Cascade.
On the evening of Saturday 15th Seamus O’Neill released 2 wild grilse of 3lbs on a Delphi Collie from the Falls and Middle Garden Pool. On Father’s day Sunday 16th the former fishery manager James Stafford and son Trevor returned and had a great afternoon and evening landing 6 salmon between them, 3 of which were wild and released, all caught on a Green and Black fly of Trevor’s own tying. Local angling club chairman James O’Neill fished on the evening of Monday 17th and landed 2 grilse of which 1 was wild and released, weighing 4.25lbs and 5lbs, James was using a Cascade in the Bridge Pool and Middle Garden Pool.
New anglers to the fishery Kieran McDonnell and Jules Bradbury landed 2 ranched grilse of 3lbs and 4.75lbs from the Middle Garden Pool on Cascade and Cascade variant. Sam McManmon returned on Wednesday 19th and released a 4lbs wild grilse from the Glenanane Stones on Beat 7 using a size 10 blue and silver fly of his own tying proving you don’t always have to use a Cascade to catch a salmon here!
The rain we got during the past week have brought more grilse into the system which is good to see and provided we get another drop of water over the next few days the good fishing should continue.
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 [email protected]