OFishery manager Osgur is on a well-earned break, but sent in the following report for the Erriff for the period 20th – 23rd August before he left.

We have had 19 salmon landed during this period, some of the catches are as follows. Christopher Thornton fished the afternoon of Tuesday 20th on Beat 2 and released 2 grilse of 4lbs and 5lbs and a sea-trout of 1.5lbs using a Badger fly in the Quarry Pool. Paul McGrath released a 5lbs grilse from Mickey’s Run on Beat 7 using a Cascade, and Billy McGhee released 2 grilse of 4.5lbs and 4lbs from Kelly’s Bend on an Orange and Gold on Beat 4 and a third grilse from Mickeys Run on Beat 7 using a Faughan Shrimp, bringing his total to 3 grilse released for his day’s fishing.

John Geary released a fine salmon of 10lbs using a Cascade at Black Banks on Beat 6 and another of 3lbs also on a Cascade from Nee’s Run on Beat 6. Visiting angler Jeremie Abgrall returned and released 2 grilse of 4lbs and 5 lbs using a Cascade in the Falls and Middle Garden Pool. On Friday 23rd Beat 6 really came alive with 5 different anglers accounting for 6 grilse, Malcom McGregor had a 3.5lbs grilse from Nee’s Pool, Gerard Brickley had a 3.2lbs grilse from Doyle’s Pool, Gearoid O’Hara had a 2.75lbs grilse from Humps and Hollows, Derek Wright had a 5lbs grilse from Colonel’s and regular angler Ian Ferris fished the evening and had 2 salmon of 5lbs and 7 lbs from Nee’s Pool and Black Banks on a Silver Stoat’s Tail. It is great to see the middle and upper river producing such good sport and this should continue provided regular rainfall keeps the river levels up.

After a dry May-July period, August has seen over 10 inches of rain in the West, with frequent spates bringing fresh fish in and getting them well upstream. The water level graph below shows just how much water we have had in the last few weeks, and with more rain forecast tomorrow, the weekend should see more good fishing. The gauge is showing a nice flood of 1.58 this morning.

 

Water level on the Erriff for the past 5 weeks. Courtesy Office of Public Works www.waterlevel.ie
Water level on the Erriff for the past 5 weeks. Courtesy Office of Public Works www.waterlevel.ie

 

 

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