Despite the much heralded start of summer it’s been a pretty dull week for those in the northwest where sunshine was well below average – just a paltry 6 hours over 7 days! It was brighter in the south west, even a bit above the norm in some parts. Temperatures were pretty average, and although it was warm on Saturday, it has become much cooler since. Breezes were fresh at times but nothing excessive. Overall, it was a good enough week for anglers, but it appears a lot of us did not make it out fishing over the long weekend…

Alex arrived from the UK this morning and did not take her long to show the men at Blackwater Trout and Salmon Fishery how it's done
Alex arrived from the UK on Friday morning and did not take her long to show the men at Blackwater Trout and Salmon Fishery how it’s done

Salmon anglers did well on the Moy last week as water levels dropped over 1m. There were a number of double figure salmon caught and the grilse started to run. A total catch of one hundred and twenty-six salmon was reported for the week. Fishing on the Galway Weir was not as good as conditions allowed for last month and just 10 fish were caught. Already this month, there are signs the grilse run is underway, and expectations are high again. Anglers in Killarney reported 4 salmon from Lough Leane averaging 5lb, and 4 from the Laune averaging 8lb. Meanwhile, anglers on Lough Currane had no fish to report last week despite all efforts. There was better news from the Munster Blackwater, where fishing is said to be steadily improving. For podcast listeners, the latest episode of Ireland on the Fly focuses on the crisis affecting the Atlantic salmon. Finally for salmon anglers, here is the first reminder to those who purchased 1 day and 21 day licences that have already expired – it’s time to return your unused tags, logbook and catch record.

Beautiful Brown Trout from the Nore

Trout anglers had some really exciting fishing on the Nore and tributaries over the weekend. All methods were producing fish, traditional wetfly, purist dryfly and modern nymphs all did the business. The Dodder hosted the Leinster Rivers Qualifiers last week. There were prolific hatches of fly, including various olives and iron blue duns in particular, and 166 trout over 18cm were caught in this catch-and-release event. Since the re-opening the Ballinlough Fishery last month, 35 anglers caught 56 rainbow trout and 14 brown trout. Permits are available online.

A new PB for Senan Stanley, 115cm

A French and Belgian angler fishing together in Longford had the trip their lives with Kevin Lyons catching loads of pike to 102cm over their stay. Whitewood PAC held a 2-day float tube competition on the Shannon system at the weekend where an impressive 250 pike were caught and released. Youtuber Senan Stanley fished with Brian Connaughton of Wildhunter on Saturday and caught his PB of 115cm – Catch of the Week. The pair also had some great dropshot fishing for perch. Senan followed this up with a great day on Derg guiding a couple of Limerick anglers where one, Jamie, caught his PB. Also out was Paul Bourke, whose anglers also enjoyed some fine fishing on the lake.

Last year, Lurgan Coarse Angling Club exceeded all expectations and won the World Feeder Club Championships on home ground at Lough Muckno. This year, they travelled to Portugal to defend their title and won Silver away. A huge result. In other international news the VDE Baggers held a fundraiser last weekend for their upcoming trip to Slovenia to fish the World Club Float Championships. The event was fished on the Blackwater and winner on the day was Raimondas with 26kg, and £400 was raised for the team.

Pat O'Shea with a thornback ray
Pat O’Shea with a thornback ray

The Killybegs Mariners had a great mix of fishing last week between longest flattie competitions, species hunting and a boat trip. You can read all about their adventures here, Killybegs Mariners enjoy great fishing from shore and boat! A family fishing with charter skipper John Fleming on Galway Bay enjoyed stunning weather and hectic fishing. There was more family fishing with Wicklow Charters and regular anglers from Cork and the Netherlands had some good fishing for tope, rays and more.

And now the weather…

As we go to press, there are Marine Warnings in place for small boats in the west, northwest and north over the next three days. Saturday is to start with sunny spells and well scattered showers. It should be dry by late morning with good spells of sunshine developing with any showers limited to northern fringes. Feeling pleasantly mild in the afternoon sunshine. Highest temperatures of 13 to 19°C, warmest across southeast counties, all in a moderate northwesterly wind that will continue blowing through Sunday. Sunday will be cloudy with patchy rain and drizzle pushing into the west and northwest on Sunday morning. This will eventually extend eastwards but it will be mostly dry in the south and southeast. A cooler day with with highest temperatures of 11 to 14°C, maybe a couple of degrees warmer in the south. Looks like a great weekend for anglers.

Don’t forget to check the forecast before heading off and if you’re going to sea, check the tides.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

IFI Staff
Catch, Photo, Release

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