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Irish Angling Update

03 June 2010

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon angling Update

Southern Region


River Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

02/06/10 Best May in years with 36 fish landed for the month of May. Great morning was had by anglers on 29 May as 3 fish were landed. John O'Neill landed a fish of 12lbs of the Bishops beat, Fergus Crawford from Dublin landed a fish off the Castle beat of while Ken Hickey landed his first of the season off the Glenmore beat also on spinner. Despite alot of algie coming down fish are still been picked up.

Water levels are at a summer time low. Few fish seen moving so prospects are looking good for the month of June. Forecast is to stay fine for the rest of the week and into the long weekend.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
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Blackwater Lodge Fishery

May 26: One grilse on fly from Beat 12.

May 28: A first ever on fly - 2.9lb grilse from Beat 7.

May 31: An 8 pounder on fly from Beat 1.

The river is in perfect summer fly order with excellent clarity.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Address: Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery, Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
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South Western Region


Lough Currane

Angling guide Vincent Appleby of reports on the fishing on the LOUGH CURRANE system.

27/5/10 All quiet on the Salmon front but the same couldn’t be said on the specimen Sea trout front where Mr. Sean Smith from the UK caught a fine 6lbs 2oz Seatrout on the fly, Sean and his Father caught two more Seatrout in the 2.5lbs class which they sportily put back and they were fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of Wind NW light with reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 14.6c and staying with the Sea trout, last year’s record Seatrout of 12 lbs 5oz caught by Mr. Heinz Strappmen with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly, has just been setup and as you see by the picture its first class.

28/5/10 Lough Currane was on the slack side, the only boat that reported any action on the fly, was Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of fishing with his client who caught a fine Seatrout in the 3 lbs class and lost a cracker of a fish after about 20 minutes and in the words of Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and I quote, that’s fishing. Wind S light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover, amount of rainfall 4.5mm.

29/5/10 There was some fine action in the Salmon department first thing this morning with Mr. Dan Sugrue of Tralee and Waterville fishing with his gillie Mr. Brod O’Sullivan of Stella Maris Guesthouse, they caught three Salmon ranging from a Grilse in the 4lbs class and a 7lbs Salmon and finished the morning off with a 12 lbs Salmon all caught on the troll, now to the Seatrout department guests fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of caught a fine C&R Seatrout of 4.5lbs on the fly, and staying with the Seatrout there was a fine 4lbs Seatrout caught on the troll by an angler fishing on his own. Wind W then veered NW light and overcast, amount of rainfall 1.6c, max air temperature 15.3c. Now just to let you all know we have a new web site up and running and it is and tell us what you think of it so far.

30/5/10 There was some great action in the salmon department, and first in the striking zone was our Honourable Chairmen of the W.F.D.G. Mr. Michael Roden with a fine 5.5lbs Grilse caught on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Junior Scully,. and staying with the Grilse, a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly also caught a 4.5lbs Grilse on the troll, and last but not least and fish of the day goes to Mr. Gerry O’Sullivan with a fine 7lbs plus Salmon caught on the troll. And in the Seatrout department, there was a fine 4lbs Seatrout caught on the fly by local Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan and of Wind ESE light to calm with light rain all afternoon and evening, amount of rainfall 7.9mm, max air temperature 14.9c.

31/05/10 There was some reasonable action in the fly department and King of the fly, goes to Mr. Stuart Cox who caught a fine Salmon and two fine Seatrout with his gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, and in the C&R department Mr. Mark Dorman, caught a fine 5lbs Seatrout with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly. Wind SE light and overcast with light rain at times, with heaver rain coming in this evening.

01/06/10 That supreme specimen Sea Trout Hunter Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK was in good form again when he rose and caught a magnificent 8lbs specimen Sea Trout on the drift, and Dave was telling me that last Sunday he came a member of the C&R club, when he sportingly put back a 2lbs Seatrout, and staying with the Seatrout, two anglers fishing in a hired out boat,caught two small Seatrout and two small brown trout and they said its not worth reporting, well that may be so, but as I said to one of them those small fish are just as hard to catch as my Noble Specimen Sea Trout. Wind W then veered NNW light to fresh with bright sunshine throughout the day.

02/06/10 Lough Currane is in badly need of liquid refreshment, so as you can understand my Noble game Fish is rather lethargic, but at least some anglers did see a bit action, and I start in the trolling department an angler in a hired out boat, caught fine Seatrout in the 2lbs class, but fish of the day goes to Mr. Macel Guillou of the UK, with a Seatrout in the 4lbs class, caught on the fly at the Ledge, with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan. Wind S then veered SSW for a while and veered back, and veered again this evening into the SE light to fresh throughout the day. Water temperature off the Bank of the Church 18c/64f.

That is your ration from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery.
No Spin No fly’s just facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
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River Laune

Beats 1 and 2

1 salmon 6lbs caught on Beat 1 of the Laune. 1 7lbs salmon caught on Beat 2 of the Laune.

Laune Anglers and Beat 3

No fish to report from Laune Anglers waters or Beat 3. Things might improve if we get good rain, river extremely low.  Angling effort extremely low as well.
Billy Downes
Laune Anglers Assoication


6 salmon caught on the lakes weighing 5lbs - 10lbs . 


No salmon catches to report.


We are desperatley waiting for some decent rain to fall for the salmon to come up the river bandon.

Salmon and trout Guide

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


River Feale and Smearlagh

30/05/10 Low water conditions prevail despite light rain on today.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
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Western Region


Galway Weir

There were 35 salmon landed over the last 2 weeks, with some good spring fish caught, as well as the early grilse who have started arriving into the river. Jean Le Moal from France took 2 9lbs fish on shrimp during his visit, as well as grilse of 4 and 3.5lbs. Eoin Trill from Galway landed a 12lbs fish on fly, while Eddie Murphy from Carlow had a 10.5lbs fish on shrimp. Dublin angler Victor Foley took a 9.5lbs salmon on fly, while Galway man Simon lenihan took a 10.5lbs fish on fly. Noel King had the best fish last week, a fine 13-pounder taken on fly, while Tim O’Sullivan had a 9lbs fish, also on fly. John Murphy (USA) had a fish of 8.5lbs on fly, while Simon and John White (UK) had fish of 10.5lbs and 4lbs on shrimp. Ned Cusack from Moycullen had a nice 6.5lbs grilse, while there were also grilse for German visitor Frank Linke (5lbs) and Ken McDonnell (5lbs). John McCarthy landed 2 fish of 7.5lbs and 5.5lbs on shrimp, while brothers Declan and Dave O’Reilly from Dublin had 3 grilse between them. Finally, Kieran Clancy from Dublin landed his 2 first salmon ever, both 2 nice grilse, one on fly and one on shrimp.

The river is in perfect condition for the fly at the moment with one gate open, and with grilse starting to arrive in the river fishing seems to be picking up by the day. Prospects for the coming week look very good.

A dry May at Delphi, but some good results

Despite being the driest May since our records began 25 years ago, the salmon catch at Delphi moved forward by 25 fish during the month – a slightly surprising advance, given the awful conditions.

The total for the season now stands at 58 fish. We would normally hope to have taken 100 springers by now – and last year we had over 200 at this stage. So the spring is way below average – partly due to weather, partly to a poor run.

With the river little more than a trickle for most of the month, much of the fishing action was on the lakes – and Finlough in particular. And most of the fish were less than fresh.

Simon Albertini from London caught the first grilse of the season – a sea-liced 3.5 pounder on May 27th that was in less than brilliant condition. But he also nailed a fat 8-pound springer, while his boat partner, Peter Cobb, took a 9.5-pounder, his first ever salmon.

Doug Wright from Canada also took his first ever – a 6.5 pounder from Doolough. And Keith Salvesen from London had his first salmon on fly (6 pounds, Finlough)

Arthur Jardine from Scotland had a 9.5 pounder from the Turn Pool this morning, with the river gauge below zero; it just shows one can never say never, but the fish came as a big surprise to him – and to us.

As I write this at 7.30pm on the 31st it is actually raining, but not heavily. Fishing is unlikely to improve until after the next flood (if it ever comes...).
Peter Mantle
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296

Kylemore Abbey Fishery

01/06/10 May has not been kind to us with just one mid-month rise in water levels. This did however allow some fish into the river and although there were a few near misses, we did not have much in the way of angling effort. The last day of May broke our ‘duck’ with Ciarán Brady landing and returning one Salmon of 7lbs from the Boat Pool courtesy of a Silver Rat. The fish was a stale and coloured springer which had been in for some time. Spring runs have certainly not been as good as 2009 with only three fish so far this season against thirteen last year. The season is young yet. Sea Trout runs so far have been exceptional both in numbers and increased sizes and with three more months of the main run ahead of us we should be in for a bonanza this year.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: Web:

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:

[01 June, 2010]

River Moy

The River Moy fished well throughout the week, with the Moy Fishery yielding nine salmon, four being taken on the Ridge Pool including two for visiting French angler Gerard Groult, who had one of 5.2lbs and one of 8.9lbs and one each for Claude Lemeslie and Jean Cardon also from  France. The Cathedral Beat produced two, including a first ever salmon for twelve year old Fergus McDermott-Quinn of 6lbs10oz, who was taking part in the Juvenile Angling Day on the Moy run as part of National Fisheries Awareness week. Congratulations to Fergus on his achievement.

Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water fished well and upstream Byrne’s Fishery and Armstrong’s also yielded good numbers. At Gannon’s fishery an increased angling effort paid off, with thirty salmon being caught for the week, where Yann Bouanchaud and party of seven anglers from France had twenty salmon for the week. Rinanney also fished very well, with over twenty salmon being caught including a nice fish of 12lbs for Horst Weber, Germany, and two salmon of 12lbs and 13lbs for Claude Ranec, France, taken on the prawn.

The Cloongee fishery also fished well for the week, with over 22 salmon reported including two of 8lbs and 10lbs for Andre Rolland, France, two for Fabrice Perinet, France and one of 6lbs for Francis Higginbotham, N.Ireland taken on the bubble and fly.

The East Mayo Anglers’ water fished well over the week, with visiting anglers again enjoying success on the fly, with Reto Coutalides, Switzerland, landing two, Mark Toquard, France also landing two, including one of 10lbs and Claude Grosjean, Belgium catching one of 6lbs.

Carrowmore Lough

Excellent angling was had on Carrowmore, with a total of twenty-seven salmon being caught over the week, eleven of which were returned and averaged between 6lbs and 8lbs. Martin Mc Donnell, Glenamoy, had a fine salmon of 10lbs while Tony Coakley, Cork, had two fish. Declan Dooley, Dublin, had a good week, boating seven salmon and returning five. Rory Murray, Dublin, had four salmon, returning one while Kevin O’Sullivan and party, Waterville, had three salmon and also a fine sea trout of 4lbs which was sportingly released.

further information on Carrowmore Lake please contact
Seamus Henry of
Bangor Angling Club
Bangor Erris, Co. Mayo.
Tel: 097 83487 Web:

Ballisodare Fishery

Fishing remained steady on the Ballisodare fishery where over fifty salmon were caught for the week. Early in the week catches averaged 5-7lbs, however, by mid week, some larger salmon were caught including a 12lbs fish by Paul Brady, Galway, taken on the worm and a fine 10lbs fish taken on the fly by Anthony O’Sullivan also of Galway.  Susan Simpson landed a nice 10lbs salmon fishing the worm while Oliver Dillon had one at 7lbs to the fly. Sunday 30th saw the appearance of some larger salmon, with a 14lbs fish falling to Richard Ryan and Neville Aston, N.Ireland, landing one of 12.5lbs on the fly. Local angler Anthony McCann had a double success catching one of 12lbs on the fly and a second of 9lbs on the prawn.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Water levels remain very low and the less than favourable Salmon fishing conditions remain.


Trout Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


River Liffey fishes well with low water elsewhere.

Last week I was out on two evenings fishing up until dark and I had some good fishing with sedges. On one of the evenings I caught and released seventeen nice fish the best making thirty six centimeters. All of these fish were caught in the space of forty five minutes or so. They all were deceived by a Balloon Caddis fly which I was fishing down and across stream.

I also got to fish the river Liffey on Sunday afternoon. It was a bright day with a lot of sunshine and a warm upstream breeze blowing gently. The water temperature is now at fourteen degrees Celcius. There was a lot of fly life about including Yellow Sallys, Mayfly Black Gnats and some Olives. I had some good mixed fishing from dry flies to wets including spiders. Although there were some Mayfly hatching the trout did not seem to have noticed them. Maybe the numbers were too few to attract attention. I finished up with a total of twelve fish between all the different methods I used.

With so little water in the other rivers that I checked out I am lucky to have the river Liffey to fish on. It is a modified river and has a compensation flow of water from the dam at Golden Falls. It can be fished on for most of the season unless the dam is opened for generation of power. I will be back on the Liffey during next week for more evening fishing to the sedge.

River Dodder

There is a clean up for the river Dodder being organised for next Saturday June 5th. All support will be appreciated and the more hands the better. Meet up at the car park Rathfarnham Shopping Centre at 1 pm.

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Southern Region

John Flynn reports:

no report this week - [most recent report 10/05/10]

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South Western Region


River Bandon

The brown trout fishing is going very well and the trout are taking on the surface now!

Salmon and trout Guide

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:


Lough Sheelin

There was quite a big hatch of Mayfly on Sheelin last week but fish seem to be more interested in the spent gnat than the green fly by all accounts. Fish are also feeding on a mix of sedges, especially the Murrough, so come prepared with a range of sedge patterns in your fly box. It's good to see a lot of small fish showing again this year. Most fish caught by anglers were released. Renowned angler and angling instructor Peter O'Reilly and a northern Ireland visitor had the best reported fish of the week of 7lbs each, both caught over the weekend.

Peter Mc Ardle and friend Ken Kerns from Dundalk had 20 trout to over 4lbs for 5 days fishing, most trout were in the 3lbs to 4lbs range, all caught on dry Green fly and Spent gnat. Angling guest of Mary Reilly at Finea, Paul Power from Kildare reported catching 5 fish on a sedge in Kelly's and Plunkett's Point , he released 3 fish, fish were from 2lbs to 5lbs 2ozs. Daniel Levy reported fishing has been slower than previously. He had a few fish but all small ( under 2.5lbs) except the one in the picture below which was 5 lb 9oz, caught on the Spent.

Photo: 5 lb 9oz trout caught on the Spent.

Cathal Mc Naughton, Co. Antrim had two trout 3lb 12ozs, 1lb 12ozs, caught on dry Murrough. Cathal missed three other good fish also. Denise Moss, Galway caught four trout, best weight 4½ lbs, released. Eugene Mc Guinness, Drogheda caught fish of 6½lbs and 3½lbs. Eamon Ross, LSTPA caught two fish, best 4lbs. Thomas Lynch LSTPA had some lively action on the spent gnat, with five fish, heaviest 5.5lbs, all released. Frank Kelly, LSTPA had four fish best weight 3½lbs, released. Paddy Lyons, LSTPA had two trout averaging 2½lbs. Sean McIntyre LSTPA had two trout averaging 2½lbs. Ronan Clarke, Drogheda had a fish 3½lbs which he released. Gene Brady, LSTPA had a trout of 5½ lbs. Gary McKiernan, LSTPA had a 4½lb trout. Paddy Delaney had a 3½ lb trout. Most fish were sportingly released by anglers. Prospects look very promising again on Sheelin as weather is forecast to be pleasant out of doors.

GOING FISHING ON SHEELIN: The Sheelin Classic will take place on Sunday June 13th. All going well it will be a good day for fly fishing, and some cracking Sheelin trout will come on line. First prize is a beautiful 19ft Sheelin boat and Trailer, plus the Crystal Trophy. Fishing is from 12-7pm with entry fee of €80, which includes meal in the splendid Crover House. Please check in at Kilnahard Pier that morning, weigh-in that evening at 7-15, presentation 8pm in Crover House. More on this competition please contact Noel Mc Loughlin on 087-2179460. If you fancy a stay over in Cavan check out Crover House . Also boat and Engine Hire.

Lough O'Flynn and Upper River Suck

Ronan Baggott chairperson of Lough O'Flynn Anglers Association on Lough O'Flynn, caught over 40 trout over the past week, most released. His best fish was 4lb.
John Ryan,
Assistant Fisheries Inspector
Co Roscommon Tel: 087 2536064.

Lough Owel

Lough Owel has produced some good Trout in recent weeks, and with the Peter season just weeks away, it's certainly looking good. On my angling adventures on Owel I met some great characters including father and son pairing Joseph and John Boyle from Portloman. That same week Eddie Darby and Son Jason was out with friend Aigo Doyle from Edenderry Co. Offaly The lads had some great fish including this beauty of 4lbs boated by Aigo.

Lough Ennell

Last Sunday Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association fished the Jimmy Nea Cup. On the day Seamus Eighan produced a beautiful fish of 2.40lbs to take top rod. Mullingar angler Frank Oakes finished 2nd with a fine fish of 1.49lbs. Reports of a few spent Mayfly drifting out across Ennell this week, just might have the trout on the move. Ennell anglers will be back in action on the trout competition scene in August, when the Lough Ennell Perpetual Cup will be fished.Lilliput Boat hire have a super fleet of boats and engines for hire if you fancy your chances.087-6492866.

Lough Derrevarragh

JIMMY NALLY MEMORIAL CUP: This was a magical day on the late Jimmies favourite lake Derravaragh. Last year the first Memorial was fished on Bane and the competition rotates yearly from Bane to Derravaragh. It was a fantastic day with over 40 anglers competing on the day, plus juniors. Some nice trout were produced on the day and it was certainly a nail biting finish. You know what they say.” SO NEAR AND YET SO FAR”. Colin Cahill and yours truly produced trout of 2lbs 3oz. When competition weigh master John Cooke switched onto Kgs on the scales I was piped by 2 Grams. Mind you when you come 2nd to a seasoned International Angler, its good going. This day out is more that a competition it’s a gathering of Jimmy Nallyies friends and family members and we had a fantastic day. That evening we ventured back to Murtaghs Lounge in Multyfarnham, and enjoyed super finger food and soup. Andy Nally along with Derravaragh club Officers Paddy Ward and Tom Newman, sorted out the winners, and the late Jimmies wife Mary presented the prizes.1st Colin Cahill, 2nd Mick Flanagan, 3rd John Cooke, 4th Jimmy Cahill, 5th Tom Newman. Junior winners. Vinnie Moore, Thomas Bardon, and 3rd

Lough Ree

Last Sunday saw the second of our dapp competitions, for the Lough Ree Inn Cup, take place on what was the hottest day of the year so far. Despite the temperatures in the high twenties and the complete lack of wind twenty two boats of eager anglers took to the water who lead the way in search of the big one. On the day the big one wasn’t caught but there was some fish brought to the scales and the competition for prizes was very close. The presentation of prizes took place in the Lough Ree Inn where Vinnie and Ray along with their staff were excellent hosts and when the scales came down it was Sean Kelly, who won the first ever outing of this competition back in 1967, who topped the leader board. In a very tight finish Tommy Berry took second spot while in joint third were Stephen Conway and Conor Hannon.

Lough Acalla

Anglers reported a good week on Lough Acalla. The best periods were early morning and late evening, due to the very bright sunshine and warm weather. There was an average of 15 anglers each day. Gerry Madden from Kilconnell had the best reported Rainbow of the week at 3.5lbs and 3lbs, caught on a buzzer. Nancy Doyle from Ballygar had fish of 2.5lbs and 2lbs on a Golden Olive. Joe Featherstone reported that he fished the Lough a few times over the last couple of weeks and enjoyed some nice fishing with trout up to 2.5lbs caught. Lots of other fish over 1.5lbs were reported. Best flies were Green Olive, Golden Olive, Sooty Olive, Black Pennell, Pheasant tail and Muddlers. Prospects look good for the coming week with mild weather forecast.

We had reports of quite good Mayfly fishing on the local rivers. Fish to 2lbs were reported on the Castlegar River. The Bunowen River, downstream of Ahascragh was a hot spot with some good mayfly fishing and good size trout caught. The Ballinure River near Ballinasloe also produced a few decent size trout for local anglers.

13lb 6oz trout from Derg

The Mayfly season on Lough Derg is slowly petering out, but there is still some fishing to be had at the deeper southern end of the lake. There could yet be a few days of decent spent gnat fishing if the weather proves favourable as there was a heavy presence of spinners in the Castlelough area over the past weekend. Yet, the end of Ephemera Dancia for another year is nigh, judging by the catch latest returns.

Two of the main weigh-in stations on the lake are Ciss Ryan’s and Larkins pubs in Garrykennedy where not a single fish was weighed in on either Saturday or Sunday last.

But the fisher who hit the jackpot last Friday was Síle Corish who had a wonderful trout of 5lbs 10ozs on the grant while fishing just off the shoreline at Garrykennedy. Síle, who usually catches more fish than the majority of male anglers, spotted the trout rising for fly. She tracked the fish’s rise pattern for a couple of hours before lobby her fly under his nose and nabbing her quarry, which had two lamprey eels attached to it.

Well done to Sheila who now looks set to recapture her title as Fisherwoman of the Year in the Garrykennedy Club. Indeed, angling is a sport I would encourage other women to take up as the few I know who are involved on Lough Derg are very good anglers and are as good, if not better, than many of the men. Indeed, some of the best fishers and fly casters in the world are women.

Meanwhile, Darrin Gardiner and Shane Lancaster also had some good fishing last weekend on the southern end of the lake. Darrin had fish of 1lbs 12ozs and 1lbs 15ozs on Saturday and one of 2lbs 2ozs on Sunday. Shane had fish of 2lbs 1ozs and 1lb 8ozs on Saturday. All these trout were got on the spent gnat.

Photo: Shane Lancaster, Ballina, with the heaviest trout caught on Lough Derg during the Mayfly season. The fish of 9lbs 2ozs was caught on a spent gnat at Parker's Point on the southern end of the lake on May 24.

As the Mayfly season on Derg draws to a close for another year the focus has now switched to the prize presentations for those anglers lucky enough to have landed the heaviest fish over the last six weeks or so. The prize giving for the Ciss Ryan’s Pub competition in Garrykennedy will be held this Friday night in the pub at 9pm and a buffet supper will be served. Two prizes of €300 will be presented, one for the heaviest trout caught in the first half of May and the second for the heaviest trout caught in the second half of May. There will also be a prize of €150 for the heaviest trout caught in April. The Garrykennedy Fishing Club’s own prize presentation night will be held in the same pub on Saturday, June 12.

A plan to restore wild salmon stocks in Lough Derg and the upper lakes of the Shannon and their tributaries was launched on Thursday of last week by the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board.

The construction of dams on the river over the last century or so as well as deterioration in water qualtity have contributed to the decimation of wild salmon in the upper Shannon, but now the fishery board has introduced its “Shannon Salmon Restoration Plan” to restore stocks to sustainable levels.

The plan sets out a road map for addressing fish passage issues, habitat restoration and water quality concerns. The board said its plan has been developed over several years and sets out a series of concrete initiatives which together seek in the short and medium term to achieve its objective of restoring wild salmon. This launch follows an eighteen-month consultative period with all stakeholders.

Board CEO Eamon Cusack told those attending a conference in Limerick last week, organized by the board to mark Fisheries Awareness Week, that assessing obstacles to fish passage and looking at engineering solutions to aid fish migrations are core objectives of the Plan.

“This involves international experts in a review of best practice elsewhere. Hydro-acoustic surveys will be carried out to assess the passage of salmon past major dams and navigation weirs on the Shannon,” said Mr Cusack.

Under the Atlantic ARC Project, funded under the EU Interreg programme, genetic typing of River Shannon salmon will be carried out. A review of current hatchery programmes will be carried out with a strategic approach to the selection of rivers for the establishment of satellite populations of salmon in the Upper Shannon catchment.

Last Thursday’s conference staged by the board also focused on a number of initiatives already underway to restore and enhance Irish fisheries, and this column in the coming weeks will contain lots of other angling issues which were raised at the event.

A series of summer courses to introduce children to fishing will begin in Killaloe on June 15. “Fishing for Kids” offers a one-day and three-day course for young people to learn about angling in a friendly and safe environment. The courses are being organised by Noel Bugler of Ballina. As part of the courses participants will be taught how to operate a standrd spinning road and select various baits and lures. They will be taught how to catch a fish and unhook it and release it unharmed back into the water. For all details contact Noel Bugler at Fishing for Kids on 086-3919472 or email him at Details can be seen on
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email or 087-6564662 or 067-50481

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Western Region


Conditions on the western lakes over the last week have proved extremely difficult. A mini heatwave over the weekend brought an abrupt end to mayfly fishing, which left buzzer fishing and trolling in the flat calm, almost tropical conditions. By Tuesday, however, northerly winds had picked up, and wetfly conditions are dominating again.

Lough Corrib

Photo: Henri Raffard had a good trout of 5lb on Dabbler near Ashford Bay.

Mayfly hatches picked up again last week on Lough Corrib after the previous weekend’s heatwave. Many boats reported great fishing, with 12-16 trout a day landed by many boats in the Oughterard area, to wet and dry mayfly patterns, and on the dap also. Basil Shields clients reported some good fish to 4lbs on dry fly, while many more fish were taken on wets. A lot of small fish were coming to the fly and seen on the surface, a good sign for fish stocks.

I had a French angling journalist over last week, who was very happy to catch a lot of small trout on mayfly patterns, but was thrilled when Kevin Molloy from Oughterard, who was with us for 2 days, landed a magnificent 15lbs ferox trout. Unfortunately, the fish was deeply hooked and had to be dispatched, but will make for a fine framed photo in Kevin’s house.

In the Cornamona-Greenfields area, a lot of small fish are also being reported, with all fish in very good condition. Very good hatches of mayfly were reported from Greenfields, with fewer hatching in the Cornamona-Doorus area, although the fly is still up, a month after it started hatching.

A charity catch-and-release competition for Tanzania, run by Frank Reilly in Greenfields, recorded 26 trout over the size limit caught by 30 anglers. 1st prize went to Peter Curran, with 5 fish for 201 points. Eddie Shanahan was 2nd, with 5 fish for 187 points, and Joe Murray was 3rd, with 4 fish for 148 points. Robert Reilly took the longest fish prize, with a trout of 60cm. Elsewhere, Martin Munroe reported 8 trout for 14.5lbs over 3 days. A group of English visitors from Southport – Bob Foreshaw, Dave Davis, Keith Porter and Paul Almond fished for 6 days and landed 65 trout, mostly to wetfly, and all sportingly released. Peter Curran had 19 trout over 7 days, best 3.5lbs, while another day peter fished with Fergus Byrne and they had 5 trout for 8.5lbs. Tom Ormond and Enda Browne landed 7 trout for 16.5lbs to the dapped mayfly over 2 days.

Kevin Bettie fished dry fly and landed 2 trout for his day, including a cracking fish of 6.5lbs. Patrick Walsh landed 9 fish over 4 days, also on the dap. Keith Curtis from England, fishing with Peter Walsh, had 34 trout over 12 days, most released, and all taken on the dap, as well as a salmon of 10lbs! Patrick Summerville had 4 trout for 7.5lbs in one evening, while Cormac Dunleavy had 5 trout for 9lbs for a day. Michael Quigley landed 6 trout over 2 days for 8.5lbs, and Joe Treacy took a fine trout of 3.25lbs for his day out.

Photo: Kevin Molloy from Oughterard with a ferox trout of just over 15lbs taken while trolling last week.

Lough Mask

Reports from Lough Mask are slow, with very sparse mayfly hatches. Good hatches of olives are still appearing every day, but fishing is slow, and the majority of fish are being taken early and late, with very few fish taken during the middle of the day.

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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Lough Conn and Cullin

The Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers Annual Whit Competition is taking place on 5/6th of June. Anglers interested in fishing the competion can find more information here:

Lampreys: Anglers fishing the lake may catch trout or other fish with lampreys atttached. The Central Fisheries Board would be extremely grateful if you would keep any lamprey you catch (freeze it) for us to collect. Failing that, a good digital image on camera or camera phone would be important. With photos, it is very helpful if you can include something to give a scale or sense of size – such as a mobile phone or a finger tip! More information here:

Ballin Lough

Fishing on Ballin Lough was productive over the past week, with a total of 35 anglers catching a total of one hundred and forty rainbow trout of which 116 were returned. Matt Foley and friend, Roscommon, had seventeen trout, releasing 13 with their best fish at 2.5lbs. Dublin Anglers Tony and Eugene McGrattan boated a total of 18 trout, returning fourteen of these, with their best fish 4.9lbs. Willie Scully and friend, also of Dublin had twenty-three to the boat, releasing 19 with their best at 3lbs. On Thursday, 27th taking part in a Fisheries Awareness Week event on Ballin Lough, Juvenile angler Ethan Barrett, Castlebar, caught his first ever trout to the fly following expert tuition from John Fahy and staff of the NWRFB who were providing free demonstrations of fly tying and casting on the shores of Ballin Lough.

Lough Arrow

Lough Arrow continued to fish well, with large hatches of Mayfly and falls of Gnat being reported in the afternoons. Visiting anglers Wim Schoors and Dirk Zonnekein, Belgium, enjoyed good angling catching trout of 1.5lbs, 3lbs and 4.25lbs with their fish falling to green dry flies and spent Gnats. Sean Dunne also had success on the spent Gnat with a fish of 2lbs while Michael Gunning had a trout of 2lbs to the Murrough. Shane Kelly, Clare, enjoyed a good week on Lough Arrow with nine trout coming to the boat, with his best 3.5lbs while Brian Kelly, Boyle had a great days fishing on the 30th, boating seven. The catch of the week, however, and quite possibly the season thus far on Lough Arrow was taken by Philip Murray, Co. Louth, who took a wonderful trout of 8lbs 3oz on the spent. 

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:

No report this week - [most recent report 24/05/06]

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Northern Ireland


National Countrysports Fair

The National Countrysports Fair, which will be held at Moira Demesne in Co. Down over the Bank Holiday weekend of 29 & 30 May 2010, will feature of the largest outdoor angling events staged in Ireland this year.
The two-day game and country fair is a popular summer event in the country sports calendar and attracts thousands of people to the delightful surroundings of Moira Demesne which is located just ½ mile from M1 Junction 9, some sixteen miles from Belfast.  The event’s Director of Angling, Lawrence Finney said this year’s Angling Village at the show will prove to be something of a Mecca for Ireland’s anglers.

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Loughs Agency area

Lionel Knobbs reports:


Cashel Trout Fishery

Ideal conditions brought anglers out in large numbers this bank holiday weekend to Cashel.

Maghera’s Bernard Mellon released twelve trout which took f-flies and other small dries.  His brother, Martin, from Portglenone banked five and missed at least ten more which also took similar flies.  Campsie’s John Hall used all dries to bank thirteen trout while Claudy’s Daniel O’Callaghan released six beauties which took small damsel nymphs and small black gold heads.  Andrew Logan (Dungiven) bagged two for tea weighing 5lb 5ozs which fell to a suspended hare’s ear.  Billy Hazlett (Derry banked four in total with quite a lot of trout turning away from his dries.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce banked five trout over the weekend using egg flies and similar.  Danny Walker and Jim Russell (Whiteabbey) bagged five between them for the barbecue weighing a total of 13lb 7ozs on a ‘walker special’ and a hawthorn fly.  Jason Wilson (Derry) bagged two weighing almost the 4lb on a cat’s whisker while Martin Bradley and John Hasson (Dungiven) released three and two respectively which took the f-fly and a zonker.  Newcomer Craig Cairns (Drumahoe) released two trout averaging 4lb which took a damsel nymph while Andrew Cairns, unfortunately, was just not as lucky on his first visit.  Paul Ford (Derry) released one trout which took a wee olive.
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Eastern Region

David Byrne reports:


Quig Lough introduction to angling day

The national ‘Fisheries Awareness Week’ saw Rossmore Coarse Angling Club host a major angling tuition day for young anglers on Quiglough, Ballinode on May 23rd last. Advice and tuition was gleaned by over 20 young anglers during the course of the day and many were given their first opportunity ever, to catch and release a Quiglough roach. All aspects of coarse and pike angling were on show, which the club believes has sown a seed in an angling future with many of the newcomers.

A totally new idea saw an information stand and plenty of bargains at the clubs buzzing second hand tackle stall. A steady stream of eager anglers of all ages took the opportunity to purchase quality tried and tested tackle items at only a fraction of the price. There’s not much can be bought for a few Euro these days but even so, the haggling ability of some of the juniors had to be seen to be believed.

That evening, all participants were treated to a barbeque of burgers and hot dogs in the beautiful evening sun. All junior participants also received a goodie bag courtesy of Rossmore Coarse Angling Club. In addition, the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board sponsored tackle prizes, and was represented on the day by David Byrne, Angling Marketing Coordinator of the Eastern Board. In all, the day was a great success and also gave the club an opportunity to showcase Quiglough, a fishery that it has managed and developed as a quality public fishery in recent years and will continue to do so.
Rossmore Coarse Angling Club

Junior Canal Champioships

37 juveniles fished the NCFFI Junior Canals Championship on Saturday 29th at Ferns Lock. This was an outstanding turn out as the previous 2 years numbers were in the low 20s.

The venue was prepared by Royal Enfield AC and NCFFI members on the days leading up to the event and the whole stretch was de-weeded by Waterways Ireland. A stocking of 700-800 rudd was made by the Central Fisheries Board on the week coming up to the event.

While the day started with rain, this eventually cleared up to give nearly perfect overcast but mild conditions with a nice colour on the canal due to the work done by Waterways Ireland. On the morning of the event the Central Fisheries Bord gave a fantastic presentation on tackle cleanliness to prevent the spread of Invasive species under the CAISE programme.

Once all the juveniles were checked in, they were divvied up into 3 categories, Seniors (14-18), Juniors (8-13) and beginners and we ran 3 separate matches. The beginners were given a lot of assistance by NCFFI members who walked the bank all day.

Plenty of maggots and groundbait was provided for all competitors along with keepnets for those who did not have them. Fishing started at 12.15 and ended at 3.15 with the weigh-in. This is usually the most exciting part of the day for exciting younger anglers.

In the end we had we had 4 clear winners as Josh Dunne and James Gargan tied on 2lbs 14ozs for the senior event. Mark Connolly won the junior event and Matthew Floyd won the beginners event. While weights well relatively low, a lot of fish were caught, with only 4 anglers not catching. It was also noted that some of the rudd stocked earlier in the week showed up in catches.

Due to sponsorship from Waterways Ireland and extra prizes from Southside Angling, Space Prosperous, Carlow Angling Supplies and C+J's angling in Dublin, all participants went home with either a prize or a fishing goodie bag. All in all a fantastic day with the rain staying away and 37 satisfied anglers.

NCFFI express their great thanks to the sponsors, the CFB and the anglers who gave up their time to help out on the day.

Results as follows:




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Northern Region

Alice Murtagh reports: 


Big bream and ton up bags on Eonish

Photo: Stuart Heat with part of his 132lb catch of bream from Eonish.

Cheshire anglers Stuart Heath and Dave Williams got their Irish holiday off to a busy start with a combined haul of 92 kilos (203lb) on Cavan’s famous Lough Eonish.
In fact the delighted duo were staying at Eonish Lodge Guesthouse, Killeshandra, and fishing the BBs private shoreline.

The session started on Friday evening when the two men mixed enough brown crumb based groundbait to provide 60 balls, which they balled-in either side of the fence at the well known donkey hut.

34-year-old Stuart was first up on Saturday morning and making his first cast around 5am and waited another 45 minutes before getting his first bite in the shape of a 5lb bream.  David, who at 63 prefers a more leisurely approach, meandered along at six o’clock and still managed to get 32 kilos (75lb).

Photo: Dave Williams joined Stuart and caught almost 70lb himself bringing the total to 132lb.

Both men were fishing with open-ended groundbait feeders while baiting their hooks with a mix of worm, caster and red maggot mostly on size 14 hooks.

Knowing this was the best catch so far this season from the lake, the guesthouse owner Geraldine O’Reilly contacted the local North Region Fisheries Board officer, Ted Sweeney, who kindly came along with his scales and weighed both catches and giving Stuart spot on 60 kilos (132lbs).

To learn more about holidays at Eonish Lodge click here or go to

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Pike Angling Update

Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


Catch of the Week 03 June

This week's Catch of the Week goes to Arnaud Didier from France. French anglers Vioncent Pirou, Henri Raffard and Arnaud Didier took a fishing holiday on Lough Corrib last week. The friends mixed pike and trout fishing during their stay. Henri had a good trout of 5lb on Dabbler near Ashford Bay. The best fish of the trip was this long, 1.12m pike which is estimated at over 25lb. The fish was caught on a plug and carefully returned alive. Catch, Photo, Return.


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Sea Angling Update

South Western Region

Michael Hennessy reports:
E Mail:


Golden grey magic in Cork Harbour

Golden grey mullet
Photo: A good portrait of a golden grey mullet.

Cobh SAC members have been getting some golden grey mullet over the weekend. The fish were caught on float fished rag worm and spinners or tobys tipped with rag.

These are some of the more exoctic fish species that can be found in the Harbour over the summer months. Others include gilthead bream and trigger fish. They also speculate that they managed to hook up some thin-lipped mullet. Here's a pic to let you decide.

Thick lip mullet
Photo: Thin lipped or thick mullet mullet...

Plenty of species for charter boat Deora De


To promote angling and help showcase their role in angling the Central Fisheries Board recently held their "Fisheries Awareness Week" Cobh was the venue of choice to host the charter boat event last weekend. Officers of the SWRFB joined up with anglers last Sunday and had a great day's fishing onboard two of the hub's finest charter boats. They all left the pontoon at Cobh at 10am in the morning in flat calm conditions onboard the Deora De, skippered by Jim Linehan, and Osprey II, skippered by Pat Condon.

Charter Skipper Jim Linehan reports some excellent fishing on the local reefs " was hectic non stop and good fish all day like the good ol days!" His anglers had good sized cod, coal fish, pollack, red and grey gurnards, cuckoo wrasse, ling, haddock, megrim, whiting, octopus and more. The Osprey II had good fishing out on the Lings, but it wasn't as hectic as the lads had on the Smiths. JP reckoned it was one of the best days out in a boat that he had ever had. Both boats returned to the pontoon in heavy showers at around 6pm with lots of very very happy anglers.

If you'd be interested in booking a trip with Jim aboard Deora De have a look at his website here If you fancy a trip with Pat on the Osprey II contact him here

Courtesy of Cork Harbour Angling Hub:

Gilt head bream in Cork Harbour

gilthead bream
Photo: This specimen sized 5.5lb gilthead bream was caught on Sunday during a Fisheries Awareness Week event on Cork Harbour organised with Bellavista Hotel

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Shannon Region

Brian McManus reports:

no report this week [last report 14/04/10]

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Western Region

Kevin Crowley reports:


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North Western Region

Bryan Ward reports:


Young anglers enjoy the fishing on Broadhaven Bay

As part of the National Fisheries Awareness Week, Belmullet Sea Angling Club in conjunction with the NWRFB and Broadhaven Bay Hotel held an introduction to Sea Angling on Broad Haven Bay on Sunday the 30th.

Three chartered boat trips were organized and departed from Ballyglass Pier and a total of 19 juveniles and 15 adults took part. The juveniles were treated to fishing tuition onboard, and throughout the day, all participating caught a range of fish. Species boated included mackerel, coalfish, pouting, pollock, ling and one conger eel.

A great day was had by all participants and once ashore, the juveniles were presented with a trophy for their efforts by the Belmullet Sea Angling Club.

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Northern Region

Lindsey Clarke reports:


Killybegs charter boat report

Fishing on the M.V. Meridian in May was very good. As the month progresed the mackerel became thicker, hopefully they have arrived in the bay for their summer visit!.  A good selection of fish - pollack, ling, coal fish and cod was caught on each outing. Weather was good and we had some very welcome sunshine.

We are looking forward to June when the Killybegs Sea Angling Club host the Findlater Open Boat Competition on June 19th.
Our own Killybegs International Sea Angling Festival takes place on the weekend of 3rd and 4th July --- we are hoping to welcome anglers from across Europe. All details available from the club  - Killybegs Sea Angling Club.
Brian McGilloway
Meridian Lochin 40'. 420 HP Caterpiller
Killybegs Angling Charters, Killybegs, Co. Donegal.
Tel: +353 (0)74 9732444
Email: Web:

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Foyle and Carlingford Fisheries

Lionel Knobbs reports:


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Northern Ireland


Plenty of pollack and wrasse around Red Bay

Photo: A nice ballan wrasse from near Red Bay.

Last week saw the arrivial of the first Dutch group with a nice wee easy week working inshore some nice pollack wrass and other smaller species were caught and the weather was fine.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: Email:
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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