Osgur Grieve reports from the Erriff…
July was a busy month as usual on the Erriff and anglers took full advantage of the regular spates and fresh grilse entering the system. During this period the anglers landed 113 salmon.
A selection of the catches are as follows, John Donlon fished beat 9 on the 3rd and had 3 salmon for his session, 9lbs. wild released, 3lbs. wild released and a ranched salmon of 5lbs. On the 6th regular angler, Martin Witort fished the afternoon on beat 6 and released a wild grilse of 3lbs. from the Willow Pool using a Stoat’s Tail. On the 7th regular visitor, Thomas Weiss fished the morning on Beat 3 and released a nice grilse of 5lbs. using a Black& Blue. Shane Leyden fished the 9th and released a 5lbs. grilse from beat 4 using a Garry Dog. Regular visitor George Dawson returned to fish with us on the 15th and released a 4lbs. wild grilse from the Tawnyard Potholes on beat 3 using his favourite Erriff Nondescript fly.
July 21st saw the return of regular anglers Albert Caffrey and Donal Chambers. Albert and Donal both had a fish that day, Donal released a good salmon of 9lbs. from the Black Banks on beat 6 using a Tosh tube and Albert released a 6lbs. grilse from Black Banks on beat 6 using a Willie Gunn. Donal released another good salmon of 8lbs. on a Tosh tube on the 23rd; this time from Doyle’s Pool on beat 6. Local club man James O’Neill fished beat 2 on the 25th and released a fine 12lbs. salmon from the Quarry Pool using a Foxford Shrimp. Regular angler, Neil Spellacy fished the 29th and had a great afternoon on beat 8 releasing 3 wild grilse of 4.5lbs., 4.5lbs. and 6lbs. from the Coronation and Holly Pools using a Black Shrimp. Mick Phelan finished up the month with a 4lbs. wild grilse from the rapids on beat 8 using a Stoat’s Tail.
At the time of writing, the river is reading just over 1 metre on the gauge and dropping. The forecast is for a bit of rain on Friday which hopefully will raise the water levels enough to bring the fish on the take once more.
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