[ July 2011 ]
Water levels were low for the first few days of July and few anglers fished. Rains on the 5th. increased water levels and angling conditions improved. Marcus Muller caught a well conditioned sea liced grilse of 5lbs. in the Pool on a Black Shrimp fly. David Gaffney caught three grilse in the Coronation Pool on Shrimp Fly. The following day (6th. July) heavy rains resulted in a massive spate of almost 2 metres on the Aasleagh Guage. Mr. J. Holden, Dublin had grilse taken on Cascades – all from Beat 9. Sea trout in good condition are also being caught.
Michael Vincent, Athy caught a 9.5lbs. fish at Altamont’s Dam on Beat 6 on a Black Shrimp. Thomas Dolan all the way from the U.S.A. and fishing the Erriff for the first time reported one of the best days salmon fishing in his life catching four salmon and two sea trout on Beat 6 and landing two salmon and sea trout which he sportingly released.
At the time of writing this report (Friday morning) water levels are running clean at 1.3 metres and more fresh fish are expected on the afternoon tide. Both rods and accommodation are available during the coming weeks.
11th July to 17th. July.
Water levels were very low from Monday 11th. to Friday 15th. July. The river was baked in bright sunshine and few anglers fished the river. However despite the poor angling conditions Mrs. Eva Hompesch, Germany took a sea liced grilse in the Sea Pool on Beat 9 on 11th. The weather pattern totally changed on Sat 16th. with heavy rains and storm force winds. Water levels rose quickly and soon the river was in excellent condition. Mr. Jean Boidron, France caught an 8lb. fish on a Cascade in the Boat Pool on Beat 5. Mr. Gerard Garnier also from France caught 4 - best fish 8lbs. caught on a Cascade in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2. Mr. Ken McMillan & Mr. Andrew Boyd caught one in the Coronation Pool and the General’s Rock on Beat 9. Mr. David Williams, U.K. had 3 all from Beat 9 and Mr. Will Masterson also from the U.K. had 2 from Beat 6 – best 7.75lbs. taken on a Cascade from the Colonel’s Pool on Beat 6. A Bann Special was successful for Mr. Steve Smith, U.K. who caught a fish of 8.75lbs. in the Hawthorn Run on Beat 7. The following day Steve caught 4 fish in the Sea Pool on a Tosh tube fly.
Mr. Andrew Beattie a regular angling visitor from the U.K. had a personal best catching 6 fish in one day – all fish were taken on Cascades. Mr. G. Kerschbaumer, France had 2 fish on a Cascade and Alley Shrimp. Mr. Jim Laffin, N. Irl. had one on a Gold Cascade from Wanklyn’s Dam. In all 35 salmon (many of which were sportingly returned to the river) and some 32 sea trout were taken in the period. At the time of writing the report water conditions are excellent with the Aasleagh Guage reading 1.5metres. Both rods and accommodation are available during the coming week.
James Stafford, Aasleagh Lodge 095 42252 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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