Osgur Grieve reports from the Erriff…
The following is the angling report for the Erriff August 1st – 18th.
August is generally a tough month for salmon fishing and this year wasn’t any different. Despite this we had 25 salmon landed during this period which given the low water conditions at times and thus reduced angling effort we did ok considering. Some of the catches are as follows. On August 2nd Brian McDonnell had the 1st salmon of the month which came from The Falls Pool using a Foxford Shrimp, Brian’s grilse was 4.5lbs. and was released. Simon Casedy also fished that day and landed 2 salmon of 8lbs. and 4lbs. from the School House and Tawnyard Stream on Beat 3 using a Black Shrimp.
Jake Delaney returned to fish with us again on the 5th and 6th and managed to land 3 salmon during this time of 7.5lbs, 5.5lbs and 3lbs all from the Falls Pool using a Cascade, two of these were wild and released. Regular angler Jack Mannion also fished the 6th and after fishing hard all day managed to catch and release a grilse of 3lbs. from Colonel’s Run on Beat 6 using a Sunray Shadow.
Regular angler Stephen Jones fished the 7th and released 2 grilse of 5lbs. each from the Tawnyard Potholes on Beat 3 and King’s Pool on Beat 4 using a 1/2inch Bann Special tube and 1/2inch Willie Gunn tube.
On the 11th, father and son Peter and Jamie Roberts had a great morning’s fishing on Beat 9 landing 3 salmon of 9lbs., 6lbs., and 4lbs. between them, two of which were wild and released. All of their fish were caught on a Black Shrimp in the Falls Pool. Jimmy Highland returned on the 13th after a tough previous day’s fishing on the 12th in hot sunshine. Jimmy’s perseverance was rewarded with 2 grilse of 3.5lbs. and 4.5lbs from The Falls Pool using an Orange Cascade, both grilse were wild and released.
At the time of writing the river is at 1m after yesterday’s badly needed flood, we are awaiting the arrival of storm Ellen tonight which should bring with it more rain. Hopefully, this increase in water levels will ignite the salmon’s interest once again.
For fishing bookings please call the fishery office number on (+353 (0)95) 42382 or email Erriff.Fishery@fisheriesireland.ie