[ May 2012 ]
Angling Report Erriff Fishery April/May 2012
April was a wet month with a total of 9 spates during the period - the highest was recorded at 1.9 meters on the Aasleagh Guage on the 17th.of the month. The first salmon of the season was taken by Mr. James Keogh, Dublin – the fish was taken on a Gold Cascade in the Garden Pool on the 21st. of the month. Success returned to James returned again on the 23rd with a fish of 8lbs. and 9 lbs. which were caught in the Garden Pool and the Sea Pool on Beat 9 - again a Gold Cascade was the successful fly - both fish were sportingly released. Overall angling pressure was light on the river during the period.
The spates during May were recorded as follows 1.4 meters on 11th., 1.7 metres on the14h. 1.2 meters on the 19th. and 1.0 meters on the 23rdth. on the Aasleagh Guage – thereafter water levels fell slowly to 0.55 meters by the end of the month.
Mr. Niall Wickham, Drogheda, Co. Louth caught a fish of 6lbs. on a Gold Willie Gunn tube fly in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8 and also returned a sea trout. Mr. John Price from The Wirral, Liverpool caught a sparkling fish on 10.75lbs. in the Guage Pool on a Yellow Shrimp Fly on his first visit to the Fishery. Local angler Peter Coyne grassed a sea liced fish of 10.5lbs. taken on a Red Shrimp Fly in the Sea Pool on Beat 9. The last fish of the month was taken by Mr. J. Ryan, Wexford who released a fish estimated at 12 lbs. taken on a Cascade in the General’s Reach at the top of Beat 8.
Anglers will be delighted to know that a bridge is being erected across the lower end of the Glenacally river which enters the Erriff at Beat 5. This will be beneficial to anglers fishing on this stretch of water in high conditions especially in spate conditions. Construction work has already commenced on the foundations and it is expected to be completed the end of July.
The run of salmon smolts migrating to sea peaked in April while the sea trout smolts peaked in May.
The run of Springers will continue into June and we are looking forward to the return of the grilse from the 20,000 salmon smolts which were released in April 2011 has commenced at the time of writing this report.
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