Donavin Brinklow reports on fishing on the Erriff for the first half of July, before the heatwave arrived. Fishing was suspended over the last week due to high water temperatures.
Angling report 28 June -15 July
John Ryan had 2 salmon of 3lbs and 4lbs on Beat 9 on the 28 June and another 4lbs fish on the 29th . J.Cormoll had two 3lbs salmon on Beat 9, one in the Garden Pool and one in the Falls Pool. A.Purdy landed a 3.5 lbs and a 3lbs salmon and 3 sea trout in the Falls Pool as well, and Niall Lynch landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 9 to on the 30th.
On 1 July there were 3 salmon and 2 sea trout caught. Gerry Merrick landed a 4lbs salmon in the Lower Garden Pool. John Phelan landed 4.5lbs and 4lbs salmon – one in the Upper Garden and one in the Falls Pool, as well as two small sea trout.
On the 2nd Peter Kavanagh landed 2 salmon in the Falls Pool with a Collie Dog, both weighing 3lbs.
On the 3rd Noel Clancy landed a 5lbs salmon in the Falls Pool on a Silver and Black Shrimp pattern ,and his brother landed 2 salmon in the Falls Pool weighing 4.5lbs and 4lbs on a silver and black tube. Ian Ferris landed salmon of 6lbs and 5lbs in the Falls Pool and 2 sea trout in the Lower Garden pool weighing around 1lbs.
Leenane Anglers Score Well
On the 4th July there were 8 salmon caught on the Leenane Anglers club day. The best salmon was caught by James O’Neill off the Coronation Pool on Beat 8, weighing 9lbs on a Posh Tosh.
On the 5th there were 6 salmon and 3 sea trout caught. Kevin Mitchel landed 3 sea trout between 1-1.5lbs and one 7lbs salmon, all caught in the Garden Pools on Beat 9. Paddy Gargan landed a 8.5lbs salmon in the Lower Garden Pool. Gerry Merrick landed a 6.5lbs grilse on Beat 6. Frank O’Dea landed a 4.5lbs fish on Beat 5, and Brian Miller landed a 9lbs salmon in the Bridge Pool on Beat 9. Declan Convery landed a 4.5lbs salmon in the Falls Pool on a Teal and Silver.
The 6th saw 5 salmon and 1 sea trout caught. James O’Neill landed a 0.5lbs sea trout using a cascade in the Broken Bridge pool on Beat 5, and Mark Helmore had a good day on Beat 9 landing 5 salmon between 4lbs and 5.5lbs, all taken on a Cascade.
The 7th July was a good day with 9 salmon landed. Jack Mannion landed a 3.5lbs grilse in the Middle Garden on a Posh Tosh. Tom O’Connell landed two 4lbs fish in the Lower and Middle Garden pools weighing 4lbs. James O’Neill landed a 3.5lbs salmon on Beat 3 with a Collie tube. Conor O’Leary landed 2 salmon on Beat 6 on a Silver Stoat. John Doherty landed 2 salmon for 3 and 6lbs in the Middle Garden pool on a Park Shrimp pattern. Peter Coyne landed a salmon in the Lower Holly pool on Beat 8 .
On the 8th July there were 5 salmon reported. Malcolm Fitzell landed a 4lbs grilse in the Holly Pool on a Thunder Stoat, Conor O’Leary landed a 4.5lbs fish in the Lower Garden pool. Brian White landed 2 salmon – 1 on Beat 6 weighing 7lbs and 1 on beat 5 weighing 5lbs. Owen Trill landed a 6lbs salmon on Beat 4 in the Washing Pool.
On the 9th 3 salmon and 2 sea trout were entered in the book. John Ryan landed a 4lbs salmon and 2 sea trout around 0.5lbs in the Falls Pool on a Stoats tail. Pat O’Toole landed a 4lbs fish on Beat 6, also on a Stoats Tail. Conor O’Leary landed a 4lbs grilse in the Garden Pool on a black and yellow shrimp pattern.
On the 10th July there were 2 salmon caught. James Barton did well on a tough days fishing landing his first ever salmon weighing 3lbs off the Falls using an Apache Shrimp. Jake Delaney also landed a 4lbs fish on Beat 9 on a Posh Tosh.
On the 11 July there were 5 salmon and 1 sea trout caught. Jake Delaney landed a 0.5lbs sea trout in the Falls Pool. Peter Coyne landed 3 salmon, 2 in the Lower Holly pool on beat 8 and 1 in Altamont’s Dam on Beat 6 weighing between 3.5lbs and 5lbs. Yamil Turcuman and David O’Hagan landed a 3lbs salmon on Beat 9.
On the 12th Levi Caffrey landed a 5lbs salmon in the Humps and Hollows on Beat 6, Peter Hunt landed a 5lbs grilse and Frank O’Dea landed a 3.5lbs fish on beat 9.
On the 13th Kevin Mitchell landed 3 salmon around 4lbs, 2 in the Falls Pool and 1 in the Garden Pool.
On the 14 July there were 5 salmon landed. John Monahan landed a 2lbs fish on Beat 6. John Phelan landed 3 salmon of 4-6lbs n the Bridge Pool, Garden Pool and Falls Pools. Declan Roberts landed a 4.5lbs grilse in the Falls Pool on a yellow shrimp pattern.
Finally, on the 15th July there were 6 salmon caught. John Phelan landed a 6lbs salmon in the Bridge Pool. Eugene McCarthy landed 3 salmon of 4-6lbs, two off Beat 8 and one from Beat 6. Levi Caffrey landed 2 salmon a 5lbs in Doyles Pool on Beat 6 on a Willie Gunn and a 5lbs fish in the Falls Pool on beat 9.
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.
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