[ July 2014 ]
In the past two weeks, we have had a total of 23 fish! Malachy O’Callaghan landed three, closely followed by Myles McDowell with 2 fish. The Silver is still working , with the badger also performing well. There are fishing showing on all beats, some coloured but fresh fish are still arriving too. Small flies are working best, size 12 singles and even trout flies like the Bloody Butcher for example. The biggest fish of the season to date has been caught by Derek Strauss at 8lb 7ozs, so the cup for the heaviest fish is still up for grabs!!
High Water at last!!!
There is a really good run of fish in the river right now, with the bag for this week totalling fifteen! The Ladies got us started when Mrs. Anne Corcoran caught a lovely fresh fish with a small Thunder & Lightening fly. Mrs. Nicky Strauss caught another 5.5lb with a Silver Badger. David O’Connor fished hard and was rewarded for his work with two very fine salmon, one of which was caught with the very aptly named Christmas Tree fly. We were delighted when local Angler Damien O’Malley from the Sky Road in Clifden, happily landed his fresh fish on a Van Beck. Other successful flies for the week were the Collie Dog and a small Silver Butcher, size 12! There is much angling activity on the River at the moment, but some spaces are still available.
The summer Grilse have arrived after the nice fresh rain on Friday. The river rose a little, with great results this past weekend. Thirteen salmon were landed, and a few more got away. Tom McManus had great success with a hat trick on Friday and another three fish were landed on Saturday. The usual traditional flies are working best – Silver Rat and Ballynahinch Badger and a few on the Silver Stoat too. The lower water is actually better and preferred at Ballynahinch as the salmon can still come in without difficulty and will stay in the lower beats until a big flood arrives.
So with the grilse running well now, there are fish showing up and down the river. There are also a lot of smaller sea trout around, which provide sport even for the novice learning to fly fish. For the more experienced anglers, catches into the double figures are very possible, even in one afternoon. There are some places available on the river at the moment, but booking is definitely advised.
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