Declan Cooke reports from Lough Conn…
On Lough Conn, the great trout fishing recorded around the time of the Mayfly appears to have got even better, particularly in the mid-July period. A second, prolific hatch of mayfly occurred which brought some excellent fish to the surface and the spent gnat fishing came into its own once again.
Some local anglers reported the best trout fishing they had seen in 25 years. Local angler Thomas Waldron had 2 trout over 3lbs. in the “Middle of Mayo” and several more in the 1½ – 2lbs. range, all in one day in mid July. Most of his fish were caught on a size 12 Grey Wulff. The Mannion family, from Burriscara, Co. Mayo had a fantastic day fishing in the Kent’s Pool area in late July. 14-year-old Sean had his first fly caught trout, the first of many more that day. All fish were sportingly released.
Although a few mayfly remain on Lough Conn, the summer hatch had almost petered out by mid August, but anglers are still reporting good catches on dry sedges and daddies. Wet-flies such as the Green Peter and Claret Hopper are also taking fish these days and there is every reason to expect a good close to an excellent trout angling season on Lough Conn this coming September.