Osgur Grieve gives the following angling report for the Erriff for the period 19th July – 31st July:
It has been a busy time here on the Erriff over the past 2 weeks with anglers accounting for 64 salmon during this period, some of the catches are as follows.
We had a large spate on Sunday 21st peaking at 2.4m on the gauge. As a result the river was high and dirty on Monday 22nd and did not become fishable until later in the day. Regular visitor Enda O’Connell released a nice grilse of 6lbs. on that Sunday from the Washing pool on Beat 4 . Regular visitor Donal Chambers fished the evening of the 22nd and released 2 wild salmon of 4lbs. and 7lbs. from the Falls pool using a Posh Tosh. Jasper Matthews fished beat 4 that evening and released a nice 5.5lbs. grilse from Kings pool. The fish seemed to settle down after the flood by Tuesday 23rd and that day produced 11 grilse from beats 9,8,6 and 5. Some of the lucky anglers included Dexter Lynas with his 7lbs wild salmon released from the falls on a Posh Tosh tube fly, Valentine Flynn with his 5lbs wild grilse from Altamot’s dam on beat 6 using a willie gunn, John Menzies 6lbs wild grilse from the Boat pool on beat 5 using a Silver Stoat’s tail and Toby Gibbons’s 5lbs wild grilse released from yellow banks on beat 5 on a yellow and black tube.
Raphael Amat releasing a wild grilse at the falls
Other catches of note were annual visitor Raphael Amat who finished his 6 day fishing trip with us on the 21st with a total of 9 grilse ranging in weight from 2.5lbs – 6lbs some of which were mentioned in my previous report. Seamus O’Neill had a great afternoons sport on beat 6 releasing 5 wild grilse between 3.25lbs and 4lbs using a Collie Dog and lost 4 more and annual visitor Gael Kerschbaumer finished up his weeks fishing on the 26th with 5 grilse between 2lbs and 4lbs from beats 9,7,6 and 5.
At the time of writing the river has dropped again reading 0.78m and the sunshine is back resulting in fewer fish being caught but with the forecast for rain over the coming bank holiday weekend and fresh fish entering the system the prospects for fishing are looking good.
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.
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