Declan Gibbons reports that the majority of anglers and service providers reported tough sport on Corrib this week, even the ones that caught fish. This was primarily attributed to rising lake levels and changeable wind directions. Temperatures too are also hampering hatches, resulting in very sparse sedge and olive hatches in localised areas.
In the Cornamona area Tom Doc Sullivan http://www.tomdoc.com describes the angling as patchy. Tom guided Tim Cahalane from Killarney for a day and he had 2 trout – one just under 2lbs and the other 2.5lbs on a dry Daddy and a dry Deerhair Sedge.
Tom himself fished Friday afternoon and caught a 3lbs+ trout on a wet Green Peter.
Staying in the Cornamona area John Somerville Jnr guided John Watson, at 83 years young, with Colm Murphy on Saturday, and they had 3 fish on Silver Dabblers. This is John’s 50th year coming to fish Lough Corrib, during which time he has been guided by three generations of the Somerville family. On Sunday John fished along with John Horgan, who landed one to a Silver Dabbler.
Good sport on dry fly
Friends Gene Haran and Niall Gelston had plenty of action on Sunday, landing 5 fish on dries in light winds on a mix of sedges and olives.
Playing a lively fish on Corrib.
Two Crackers for Ted
Ted Wherry of Mayfly Lodge, Ballynalty (087-4305957) fished Sunday afternoon and had 2 fish on dry sedges, both measuring 22.5 inches, best fish estimated 5lbs and both sportingly released.
In the Oughterard area Basil Shiels of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reported a tough week fishing. Those that had good action at Ardnasillagh were Mark Robinson NI with 3 fish on wets and dries – best fish 2.75lbs.
Ronan Cramer had 2 fish and David Donnelly from Cork also had 2 fish for their respective days on Corrib.
In spite of the tough sport on Corrib, anglers are still meeting some nice fish, and it is great to see catch and release being widely practised at this time of year, with fish heading to their native spawning streams over the coming weeks. With only 3 weeks left in the season, let’s hope for better conditions and a bumper finish.