Fishery manager Brian Curran was pleased to share news of the first salmon off Costello & Fermoyle this year.

After a slow start to the salmon angling year we are pleased to report that a number of fresh fish were caught on the Costello system on Friday and Saturday with water levels now dropping away after holding up well for a number of weeks thanks to the effects of Glenicmurrin Lough slowing releasing water.

Glenicmurrin Lough

The honour of taking the first fish of the year goes to the Head Ghillie , Sean Bollistrum who on Friday morning landed and returned a fresh fish of about  5-6lbs on a Black Scrimp size 10. Later that day, Geoffrey Fitzjohn followed up with a fish of  51/4 lbs caught on a size 12 Black Scrimp. The following day, Jamie O’Donnell landed a grilse of 3lbs 11ozs on a size 10 Connemara fly which he had tied himself.

First Costello salmon of 2022

While water levels have been low for most of the past 2-3 months it is allowing some salmon and many sea trout to come into the system and we are looking forward to good fishing in the months ahead on the various loughs of this system.

Ready for action. The Cottage Pool on Beat 1 of the Casla River, Connemara.

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Costello & Fermoyle Fishery

Costello & Fermoyle is a jewel in Connemara’s crown, with a short, productive river draining a chain of lakes, all providing quality salmon and sea trout fishing. Salmon run the system from April, with the grilse run peaking in June, while sea trout start in May, with the most prolific runs in June and July. Fishing can be excellent right through September.

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