[ March 2009 ]
Jim Stafford reports that as preparations for the season are being made, fishery management are happy to report that there has been no damage on the river resulting from the winter floods. The tariff has remained unchanged with no increase in prices for angling on the river or for guests staying in the lodge or cottages. The new cottages have now been inspected and approved by Failte Ireland and have achieved a 4 star rating.
There will be Special Mid-Week and Weekend Packages including Family Fishing Breaks during the season with the first of these commencing in May. These will include guided fishing on the exclusive lower beats of the river including the famous Falls Pool which is probably the most exciting and memorable place to catch a wild salmon. Further details on these packages will be available from the fisherys website.
At this time of year monitoring of the downstream migration of Salmon and Sea Trout stocks from Tawnyard Lough has commenced – the trapping installation is situated some 300 meters downstream of the outflow from the lough. The trap was been in operation since March 1 and all the Salmon Kelts have now migrated back to sea. The Sea Trout Kelts have also started to move through the trap in addition to a small scattering of both Sea Trout and Salmon Smolts - the peak of the migration will take place during April.
The weekly data from the Fish Counter at Aasleagh Falls will be made available during the year.
Hopes are high at the fishery that the 2009 season will be a good one with exciting fishing throughout the season.
For bookings and further information, please visit:
» Aasleagh Lodge & River Erriff Fishery member page.