Houses » Aasleagh Lodge & River Erriff Fishery
Aasleagh Lodge Country House Lodgings in Connemara, Ireland on the River Erriff in Co Galway offers superb fly fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout - one of the best spate rivers in Ireland
Aasleagh Lodge, set in a secluded Valley on the edge of Connemara, is a beautifully restored 19th century Victorian country house. It was previously part of the estate of the Marquis of Sligo, and is now managed by Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa.
The house is set in 36 acres of mature woodlands with magnificent views over Killary Fjord and surrounded by beautiful mountains. A short walk through the grounds brings you the the famous Aasleagh Falls, where the River Erriff plunges into the fjord and silver salmon can be seen leaping as they make their way upstream.
With quiet surroundings and 9 luxurious bedrooms, you are assured of a good night's sleep in comfort and tranquillity. The bedrooms are spacious and beautifully decorated to the highest standards, with 8 ensuite and one standard room. Catch up with other guests after your day's activity in the Aasleagh Tea Rooms, or visit one of the local bars before our own in-house chef prepares a delicious dinner.
Each evening of the week guests are treated to a different local speciality, prepared fresh in the kitchen using the best locally caught seafood, and fresh home produce. A hearty breakfast will set you up for your day's activity, and packed lunches are available daily.
A premier destination for Wild Atlantic Salmon fishing, Aasleagh Lodge offers fishing from May to September. With two self-catering cottages also available to rent. Full rates can be viewed on the website.
The Erriff is a spate river, more noted for summer salmon and grilse fishing than for early season spring fishing. The first fish enter the river around April, and spring fishing starts in earnest in May. Spring salmon run the river in good numbers during May and well into June, although angling effort is usually low at this time of year.
The grilse start entering the river in mid-June and the run peaks in July-August. By July there will be fish in every pool, and fishing can be hectic at times. Like most spate rivers, fishing is best after rainfall, but this being the west of Ireland, that tends to be quite often! Fishing is best in July, August and September, and the back end can produce very good fishing indeed.
The river itself is about 8 miles long, broken down into 9 beautiful beats. It's not a very wide channel, so for summer fishing a single handed 7-8 weight rod tends to be sufficient. For heavy water, a small double hander can come in handy.
The Erriff was once a famed sea trout fishery, but like many rivers in the west of Ireland its run of fish has suffered since the 80’s. In recent years, there has been a strong recovery, and in 2010 sea trout runs were very good. Sea trout start to enter the river in June, and run on most tides throughout the summer.
Sea Trout and Salmon fishing is available on Tawnyard Lough. Brown Trout fishing is also available on Derrintin Lough.