Kevin O’Boyle reports from Loughs Conn & Cullin…
Slightly milder weather coupled with inter-county travel being permitted brought more anglers out on the water this week. With still a nip in the air, fly life was slow to take off. Mayfly hatches were patchy, mostly in sheltered bays around the lakes. Air temperatures didn’t rise over 14° C for the week, with some heavy showers and pleasant sunshine at times.
On Lough Conn, Joe Quinn had 8 trout to the boat all averaging 1.25 lbs. to Mayfly patterns from Cloghans Bay to Annagh Point.
Michael Monaghan, Cloghans, had brilliant fishing in Castlehill Bay on the Royal Wulff, with two of the best trout so far for the season. One trout weighed in at 3 lbs. and the other at 5 lbs. both of which were released.
Colm McAndrew from Lahardane had five trout to the boat, all keepers the best of which weighed 2 lbs. on Mayflies. Check out this video of Colm releasing a 3lbs. trout in Castlehill Bay.
Padraig Traynor & Orla Walsh had 7 trout all averaging over a pound with many smaller fish to the boat on Lough Cullin. Mayfly patterns were most successful.
Sixty-four trout were reported for the week with over 60% released. With the weather improving slowly and the Covid-19 travel restrictions eased an increase in angling is expected over the coming weeks.