Donavin Brinklow reporrts on recent fishing from the Erriff, where low water has been the main factor in recent weeks.

Low Water

Its been a tough month so far with very little rain and sunny weather, but saying that there has been quite a lot of fish caught.

Levi Caffrey with a nice grilse.
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On the 16 June John Ryan landed an 8lbs wild salmon in the Middle Garden Pool on a golden double fly. James O’Neill also landed a 4.5lbs wild grilse in the Lower Garden Pool using a Cascade. On the 18 June Patrick Molloy landed 2 wild salmon, one in the Lower Garden Pool weighing 7lbs and another in the Middle Garden Pool weighing 4lbs, fishing a Cascade.

John Phelan landed a ranched salmon of 12.5lbs on the 21 June in the Falls Pool on a Stoats Tail, and two small sea trout. Albert Caffrey also landed 3 sea trout in the Garden Pool on Beat 9 on the 21 June. John Phelan landed 2 sea trout and a salmon of 10lbs on the 22 June on Beat 9 using a Cascade. On the 22 June Albert Caffrey landed 4 sea trout of 0.5-0.75lbs in the Garden Pool on Beat 9 ,and on the 23 June landed a 5lbs wild salmon on Beat 6 using a Willie Gunn.

Albert Caffrey releasing his fish on Beat 6
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His son Levi Caffrey landed 3 sea trout from 0.75-1lb, and a 4.5lbs  wild salmon on Beat 9 using a Cascade fly. On the 24 June Levi also landed 2 salmon on Beat 6 weighing 6lbs and 7lbs.

 

Levi Caffrey with one of his fish off Beat 6.
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Neill Boyle landed a 12lbs wild salmon off the Falls on Beat 9 using a Stoats Tail on the 25 June. Also on the 25th Lucy Leigh Livingstone landed a 6lbs wild fish in the Lower Garden Pool using a  Black Shrimp fly,  and Ken Livingstone landed a 6lbs wild salmon in the Falls Pool on a Cascade. George Dawson landed 2 wild salmon on Beat 5 weighing 5lbs and 5.5lbs. James Barton landed a small sea trout on Beat 6.

On the 27 June Jake Delany landed a 6lbs wild salmon in the Falls Pool on Beat 9 using a Stoats Tail. Benny Weltz landed 2 salmon between 3 and 5lbs in the Falls Pool on the same day on a Stoats Tail.

Benny Weltz with a nice fresh grilse.
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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