[ June 2010 ]
Great news on the sea trout front with sea trout in excellent condition to 2.5lbs returning to the Erriff in great numbers. A total of just over 1,500 sea trout have passed through the fish counter since early June. The best run was on a spate on 30th June with 491 fish through the counter in one day. This was followed on 1st July with 227, 284 on the 2nd July and 146 on the 5th. July. It is wonderful to see so many fish with virtually no sea lice returning to the Erriff – this is something we have not seen for many years. With good water conditions grilse have started to run in encouraging numbers with 51 fish passing through the counter in one day. We are hopeful that this will continue, as the run did not peak last season until the last week of July.
On the angling front Mr. C. Hanna, N. Ireland caught 5 fresh run grilse and released 6 sea trout, the best of 1.5lbs. James Stafford Fishery Manager caught 2 well-conditioned sparkling grilse on a Cascade also on Beat 9. Dr. P. Gargan, caught a fresh run grilse also on a Cascade. Water conditions were good on the 2nd of the month and Mr. Jim Robson, Irl. caught a 5.75lbs. grilse in the Falls Pool on a Shrimp pattern – Mr. Leslie Lyons caught 2 grilse also on Beat 9. . D. Brinklow caught 3 fresh grilse in the Garden Pool and Falls Pool on a Cascade.
Mr. H. Jamison N. Irl. took one from the Garden Pool and Dr. B. Maloney. Loughrea caught one in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8. Another sparkling fresh grilse of 5lbs. was caught later in the evening on an Erriff Green & Gold. Mr. A. Caffrey, Athy, caught a fresh run 6lbs grilse in the Falls Pool and lost another fish of about 8lbs. both taken on a Pot Bellied Shrimp pattern.
There was a 2 meter spate on Sunday 4th. July and the river did not fine down until late afternoon - local anglers Michael Wade and Peter Joyce took fresh grilse from Humps & Hollows on Beat 6 and the top Square on Beat 9. A Yellow Alley was successful for Greg Forde who landed a fresh run 11.5 salmon in the Garden Pool.
Water levels were good on the 5th. but angling conditions were poor with bright sunshine prevailing for most of the day with only a handful of sea trout caught and released. Angling conditions improved late evening and Mick Vincent took two grilse straight in off the tide from the Middle & Lower Garden Pools on a Black Shrimp.
At the time of writing this report on the morning of the 6th. it is starting to rain and it looks like we will have another spate. Rods are available on the river for the next few weeks with accommodation also available at Aasleagh Lodge.
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