[ September 2009 ]
The 2009 season was one of the toughest in recent years at Inagh. The late grilse run that everyone was expecting didn't materialise. The weather was far from suitable for most of the season and the number of visiting anglers was the poorest for a number of years. However Colin Folan, fishery manager at Inagh, was not that disappointed, as the catch numbers reflect the angling effort. There were very few double figure salmon this year, but the average size of sea trout was the best in many years and all the sea trout were lice free. There was also a lack of large brown trout caught (three fish between 4 and 91/2lbs) , but there was a return of char. The presence of rare birds such as Golden Eagles and a Bewick Swan made for interesting viewing on Lough Inagh. The new path to Corloo was complimented by all anglers who fished there and Corloo out-fished the Derryclare Butts this year which was probably something to do with all the high water.
The end of season competition was held on Lough Inagh on Sunday 28th September and was won by Ronan Creane, in second place was Mike Heenan and third place was filled by Kevin Keaney. All three men are fishery ghillees. Fifteen anglers fished the competition and they recorded one salmon, 11 sea trout, 31 brown trout and one char.
The last day of the season saw a number of regular anglers take to the water for one last time and it was a day to remember for well known angler, Kevin Gill from Galway. Kevin has been fishing all his life and caught his biggest ever brown trout – 91/2lbs on a leaded wet fly pattern he created himself. The fish took on literally the last cast of the season and after a 30 minute battle on 6lbs leader the beast was landed.
The Inagh Lodge catch for 2009 consisted of 56 salmon, best weight 13lbs, 470 sea trout, best weight 4lbs and 424 brown trout, best weight 9.5lbs. With the salmon and sea trout catch down on 2008, some solace can be taken in the massive increase in the brown trout catch.
There are a few remaining places available for the Complete Fly Fishing Course which takes place on Friday 9th October for three days in Lough Inagh Lodge. The course will be hosted by Colin Folan with APGAI-Ireland instructors Packie Trotter (Flycasting) and Arthur Greenwood (Flytying). Half and full day tickets are available from the hotel.
For bookings and further information, please visit:
» Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel and Fishery member page.