Donavin Brinklow reports on recent fishing on the Erriff.

As the dry spell hit us in July we had very little action on the Erriff, due to low rain fall and with water temperatures touching 27 degrees the decision was made to temporarily close the fishery. Fishing restarted once the weather cooled in early August.

5 August – 6 salmon 

The first flood after the dry spell saw Gerry Merrick land 3 salmon, the best weighing 7 lbs and John Phelan landed 3 salmon to 6lbs on Beat 9.

6 August – 12 salmon and 2 sea trout. 

Peadar O’Maolain landed 2 sea trout around the 1lbs mark, and a 6lbs salmon on Beat 7 using a Currys red shrimp. James O’Neill landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 9 ,Peter Coyne landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 9, Conor O’Leary landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 8, John Phelan landed 3 salmon on Beat 9 – best 7bs, and Gerry Merrick landed 4 salmon on Beat 9 – best fish 4.5lbs.

7 August – 17 salmon and 1 sea trout.

Greg Skorszynski landed a 5lbs salmon and a 1lbs sea trout from the Washing Pool on Beat 4. G. Muldowney landed 2 salmon on Beat 5 weighing 4 and 4.5lbs. Roger Gegg landed a 5lbs salmon on Beat 5. Jake Delaney had a great day landing 7 salmon on Beat 9 up to 7lbs. J Phelan had 4 salmon on Beat 9 – best fish 8lbs. Ronald Zwyssig landed a 6lbs salmon in the Squares Pool on Beat 9  and Andre Zwyssig landed a 4.5lbs salmon in the Middle Garden Pool on Beat 9.

 

8 August – 37 salmon!

Eabha Jones landed her first Erriff Salmon on the fly weighing around 4lbs. Jake Delaney landed 3 salmon on Beat 9 around the 6lbs mark. John Phelan landed a 7lbs salmon on Beat 9 in the Top Squares Pool. James O’Neill landed a 5lbs salmon in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8. Peter Coyne landed 2 salmon on Beat 8 weighing 6lbs and 3lbs on a Willie Gunn and a Collie Dog. Martin Wiltort landed 2 salmon on Beat 6 of 3lbs and 4lbs. Johnny Betts had a great day on Beat 4 and 3 landing 8 salmon including a 15lbs fish on a Cascade.

Ian Ferris landed 2 salmon on Beat 9 for 6lbs and 3lbs. Mark Helmore landed 2 salmon on Beat 9 to 5lbs on a Cascade . James O’Neill landed 2 salmon on Beat 5 of 6lbs and 7lbs on a Cascade . Alexander Mills landed 5 salmon on Beat 5 using a Willie Gunn, the best weighing 6lbs. Jimmy Keogh landed 4 salmon between 3lbs and 4lbs on Beat 7. G. Coey landed a 6lbs salmon on Beat 9. Roland Zwyssig landed a 5lbs salmon on Beat 4. Conor  O’Leary landed 2 salmon on Beat 4 a 5lbs fish in Kings Pool and a 3lbs in Kellys Bend.

Eabha Jones with her first ever salmon

9 August – 14 salmon 

Roland Zwyssig landed a 6lbs salmon on Beat 2. Luke Drea landed 3 salmon on Beat 6 between 3lbs and 5.5lbs on a black shrimp pattern. David Christie landed a 5lbs salmon on Beat 7 on a Cascade. Ken Mills landed a 3.5 lbs salmon on Beat 6. Tobias Stern landed 2 salmon on Beat 6 at 3.5lbs and 8lbs. Roland Zwyssig also landed a 2.5lbs salmon on Beat 9 on a yellow tube. Conor O’Leary landed 4 salmon to 5lbs in the Coronation Pool. Conor Graham landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 8 using a Willie Gunn .

 

10 August – 10 salmon and 1 sea trout 

Steven Mann landed a 3lbs salmon in the Falls Pool on a yellow tube. Andre Zwyssig landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 7. Gerard Coey landed a 3.5lbs salmon in the Falls Pool. Martin Wiltort landed a 2.5lbs and a 2lbs  salmon in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8 using a Willie Gunn. Steve Jones landed 2 salmon on Beat 9 weighing 3lbs and 4lbs on a Bann Special. Ken Mills landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 5. Ian Ferris landed a 6lbs salmon on Beat 3. Gerard Coey landed a 5.5lbs salmon on Beat 7 and Andre Zwyssig landed a 2lbs sea trout on Beat 2.

 

11 August – 9 salmon 

Andre Zwyssig landed a  4lbs salmon on Beat 5. John O’Connor landed a  4lbs salmon on Beat 7 using a Cascade. James O’Neill landed a 14lbs salmon on Beat 3 using a Green Highlander and 2 more salmon on Beat 6 weighing 3lbs. Steve Jones landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 4 using a Willie Gunn. John Casey landed 3 salmon on Beat 4 for 4lbs, 5lbs and 8lbs using a Willie Gunn.

 

12 August – 15 salmon 

Nick Fenton landed a 3lbs salmon and a 1lbs sea trout on Beat 3. Pat O’Toole landed 3 salmon on Beat 8, two weighing 4.5lbs and one 3lbs. Sven Muengel landed 4lbs and 8lbs  salmon on Beat 8. Jonathan Weltz landed 3 salmon to 6lbs on Beat 5 using a Collie Dog and another 6lbs salmon on Beat 9. Ken Mills landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 7 on a Cascade. Conor O’Leary landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 7 with a Collie Dog. Benny Weltz landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 9.

 

13 August  11 salmon and 1 sea trout 

Steven Jones landed a  4lbs salmon on Beat 9 using a Bann Special. Ken Mills landed a 2lbs salmon on Beat 7 and four salmon on Beat 9 between 3lbs and 7lbs. John Ryan landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 3. James O’Neill landed a sea trout on Beat 4. Martin Witort landed a 5lbs and a 4.5lbs salmon off Beat 6 on a Willie Gunn. Gerry Merrick landed a 5lbs salmon on Beat 5. Niall Lynch landed 8lbs and 4lbs salmon on Beat 5 using a McCormack shrimp.

14 August – 4 salmon 

Paddy Mullin landed a 5lbs and a 4lbs salmon on Beat 9. John Ryan landed a 4lbs and a 7lbs salmon on Beat 7.

 

15 August – 9 salmon 

It was a Leenane anglers club day with 8 salmon landed weighing between 3lbs and 9lbs, the heaviest caught by Peter Joyce.

 

16 August – 4 salmon 

Conor Graham landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 8. Jens Carlsson landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 8. Jimmy Keogh landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 7 and Albert Caffrey also landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 7.

 

17 August – 1 salmon 

Jen Carlsson landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 7.

 

18 August we had 2 salmon caught

Peter Murphy landed a 4.5lbs salmon on Beat 9 and David Murphy landed a 5lbs salmon on Beat 9 using a Cascade.

 

20 August – 5 salmon caught

Seamus O’Neill landed 4 salmon on Beat 6 all around 3.5lbs  on a Collie Dog. Steven Jones landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 9.

 

21 August – 4 salmon and 1 sea trout 

Joseph Martin landed a 6lbs salmon on Beat 9 using a Cascade. Simon Cassidy landed a 6ls salmon on Beat 6 on a Collie Dog. Oscar Grieve landed a 2lbs salmon on Beat 3 in the Pot Holes using a purple and gold shrimp pattern. Padraic Traynor landed a 3lbs salmon and a ½lbs sea trout on Beat 3 in the Pot Holes using a Thunder and Lightning.

22 August – 3 salmon 

Noel Crawford landed a 3.5lbs salmon on Beat 9 using a Cascade. Niall Lynch landed a 6.5lbs salmon in Doyles Pool and a 3.5lbs salmon in Colonels Run on Beat 6 using a McCormack shrimp.

 

26 August -2 salmon and 1 sea trout 

Nick Fenton landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 9 using a black and orange. Robin Adams landed a 4lbs salmon on Beat 9 also on a black and orange. Niall Lynch landed a 2lbs sea trout on Beat 9 using an Executioner

 

Johnny Betts with a fine 14lbs fish

 

Go Fishing

The Erriff System is comprised of the Erriff River and the two small loughs of Tawnyard and Derrintin. The River Erriff is one of the premier salmon fishing rivers in Ireland. A spate river, it is characterised by lively streams and deep fish-holding pools. It has 8 miles of prime angling water, divided into 9 beats. Beats are un-crowded with only two rods on most and a maximum of 3 sometimes. Angling is rotated on a daily basis.

Telephone: (095) 42382

Email: erriff.fishery@fisheriesireland.ie