Trout fishing on the lakes was rather slow during the week, despite good hatches of olives and mayflies. Fish seem to be feeding deep and are reluctant to rise.

The weekend saw two competitions between Mayo and Dublin anglers take place.  Mayo anglers won the ‘Challenge Cup’ on Saturday in a narrow race with 1 fish ahead of the Dublin anglers.  Mayo captain Brendan Murphy accepted the ‘Dublin Bowl’ after the boats came in. 42 anglers took part, landing a total of 18 fish.

On Sunday Gary Coakley from Dublin won the ‘Pratt Cup’ for the heaviest bag with two good trout. Again, the 45 competitors were having a tough day, landing a total of 10 fish.

The ‘Ronnie Miley Trophy’ for the best overall angler went to Paul Delaney.

The most successful flies were Golden Olive Bumble, Golden Olive Dabbler, Fiery Red Dabbler and Green Peter.

Golden Olive Dabbler (Jackie Mahon)

Padraic Kelly and Kevin Gallagher from Castlebar wet a line over the weekend on Lough Cullin catching 7 small trout which were all released alive.  Successful flies were Cock Robin and Green Olive. Conditions were good, but the two anglers recorded only sparse hatches of fly.

Peter Driver’s Cock Robin Dabblers
Peter Driver’s Cock Robin Dabblers

There were unconfirmed reports of two salmon caught trolling on Lough Conn.

Go fishing…

Lough Conn