Lough Corrib has started producing good trout fishing again lately, with summer mayfly and sedge hatches getting going. At this time of year, the islands between Oughterard and Headford ofen produce good fishing, with many anglers favouring the extensive shallows around Inchagoill in particular. Robin Syme is one of those anglers, and sent in a great report of a fine trout he caught recently:

My brother Richard and I had been out all day with the wet fly, very successfully, when at 7.15 pm my line tightened. At 9.45pm I managed to land this monster trout. I was using a mid intermediate fly line, 6lb nylon and 4 flies, plenty knots! He took a size 12 Golden Olive Bumble on 3rd dropper, in about 4 foot of water near Inchagoill. We had to use the engine on many occasions but luckily everything held firm. After his first run and jump we didn’t see him for about 1.5 hrs with the backing flying out on many occasions. Nervous stuff!!

We weighed him in next morning at 7kgs ( 15lbs 7ozs).

Robin Syme's 7kg Corrib trout
Robin Syme’s 7kg Corrib trout

I have been fishing the beautiful Corrib on a regular basis throughout all seasons for over 50 years and this is my 4th specimen on the wetfly with the previous ones weighing in at 12.25lbs, 12.5lbs, and just under 14 lbs. I have been incredibly lucky!

The recent rain has improved water levels and freshened things up on Corrib, and fishing prospects are looking good for the next few weeks.