[ August 2011 ]
In the first week of August there were high tides up to 4.5 meters in the Killary with many salmon and sea trout continually splashing on the high tides. The high-water mark reached 1.45 meters and fresh fish continued to enter the lower river even though the river levels were recorded at 0.6 meters on the Aasleagh Gauge.
Mark Broughton caught 2 in the Falls Pool and Bridge Pool on a silver Stoat. Mandy Broughton caught a sparkling fresh run fish of 9lbs.in the Falls Pool on a Stoat’s Tail s14. John Nelson, NI. Caught one of 5lbs. on a Cascade in the Sea Pool. Margie Crawford had 3 on a Cascade and Ally Shrimp all from Beat 9.
A Stoat’s Tail was successful for Mr. Charles Lister, UK who caught his first ever salmon – the fish estimated at 10lbs. was returned again to the water. Mr. Ian Morgan, UK caught a fresh run grilse in the Falls Pool on a Cascade variant. Mr. Timothy Fairhurst, had 4 grilse including 1 from Jenkins taken on a Jock Scott – all fish were released again. Dr. Bart & Liam Maloney had 4 – best fish 7.5 lbs. taken on a Willie Gunn. Connor O’Leary, Dublin returned a fish taken on a Shrimp Fly in the Coronation Pool Beat 8. Angling conditions were poor on Tawnyard Lough which produced a few sea trout and numerous numbers of small brown trout to half a pound.
Total catch for the week was 21 salmon and 14 sea trout.
Overnight rain on the 8th with increased water levels to 1.2 metres on the Aasleagh Guage and combined with high tides of 4.9 metres which reached 1.6 metres on the guage brought fresh fish into the river. Overall water levels remained relatively good falling slowly to 0.7 metres by the end of the week. The catch for the week was 24 salmon and 5 sea trout.
Mr. Edward Murphy Dublin had 2 from the Garden Pool on a Shrimp fly and Black Pennel. Mr. Kevin Glynn had 2 including one of 8.75lbs from the Sea Pool on Beat 9. Dr. Margaret Downes caught 2 in the Garden Pool on Beat 9 and the Colonel’s Pool on Beat 6. Brian Holloway and Jeremy Makinson, UK. had 2 from Beat 9 taken on Cascades. David Gaffney caught one in the Boat Pool on a Stoats Tail. Ronnie and Nora Tallon, Dublin had 5 and Michael Tallon had one in the Falls Pool. Dr. Patrick Masterson, Dublin had 2 from the Upper and Lower Garden Pools.
Mr. Richard, Daly, Dublin had 2 from Yellow Banks and Nee's Run. Mr. William Beattie, N. Ireland had a 5 lbs fish in the Falls Pool on a Cascade. Mr. Christopher Heaslip, Cork caught one on a Silver Stoat in the Sea Pool. Mr. Peter Gibson, U.K. had one each from the Falls Pool, Guage Pool and Bridge Pool on the last day of the week.In the same week anglers also had good sport on Tawnyard Lough catching numerous brown trout and a handful of sea trout.
Angling conditions were good with the water level at 1.2 metres on Sunday 14th. Levels fell slowly to 0.65 meters by Wednesday morning and rains brought the level back up to 0.9 meters by evening time. With intermittent heavy showers levels were at 1.0 meters by Friday and dropped off to 0.9 meters on Saturday – overall levels were good for the week although a little bit on the sunny side with a scarcity of up stream wind at times.
David Mooney, Killimor caught & released two fresh run grilse taken on a Cascade in the Guage Pool on Beat 9. It was a first fish on the fly for 12 year old Finlay Caffery, Athy a sea liced grilse taken in the Sea Pool on a Black Shrimp Fly. Mr. Hugh Jamison & Martin Wilson, N.I. had a brace of fish from Mickey’s Run Beat 7 - both fish were taken on a Cascade.
The Erriff & District Anglers had a Competition Day on Sunday 14th. with 5 rods catching 6 fish on Beats 2, 6 & 9. - heaviest fish was taken by Stuart Fleming at 5.75lbs. while Conor O’Leary had 2 with one from Beat 9 and the other from the Quarry Pool on Beat 2.
Vaughan Lewis, U.K. caught & released 3 fish all taken on a Gold Stoat in Yellow Banks, Beat 5. Kevin Duffy, Dundalk had 3 including a 7lbs. fish taken in the Boat Pool on Beat 5. A Black Pennell was successful for Anthony Tindal Dublin taking a sea-liked grilse in the Garden Pool - his son William caught 2 in the Falls Pool and returned another one.
Paul Smith, Co. Offal returned a grilse taken in the Coronation Pool on an Orange Shrimp. Stephen Jones Dublin returned one taken in the Falls Pool on a Cascade and lost a big fish after some twenty minutes on a single handed trout rod. Jeremy Argall, Brest, France fishing the Erriff for the first time had his best ever salmon fishing catching 6 fish for the week and lost several more including one in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2 – a small Stoats Tail variant was the most successful fly.
Fishing a Sunray Shadow Dr. John Casey, Clifton caught & released 4 salmon in a morning session on Beat 9. Malachy O’Callaghan, Dublin released a fish caught on a Shrimp pattern in the Coronation Pool Beat 8. Dr. Eosin Brenham, Oughterard caught and released 2 fish taken on an Erriff Badger. A total of 34 salmon and 16 sea trout were taken for the week of which 22 salmon were returned again to the water.
Although the main run has peaked nevertheless sea-liced fresh fish continue to enter the river and it is hoped that this reduced but steady run will continue into September. Anglers planning future trips are advised to have a selection of darker flies in smaller sizes such as 12s & 14s. and to have a selection of sink tips or an intermediate fly line.
Angling Report Sun 21st August to Sat 27th August.
The final week of August started off with levels at 1.1 meters on the Aasleagh Guage. Levels dropped slowly until very heavy rains resulted in the river rising rapidly to 2.0 meters on the evening of the 23rd. Levels were recorded at 1.6 meters the following morning and the river was somewhat coloured for most of the first half of the day but started to clear in the afternoon. The rise in water levels brought more fresh fish into the river and it was spectacular to see so many salmon trying to jump Aasleagh Falls. Most anglers fishing the river during the week caught fish.
Patrick Kenny, Enfield caught 2 on a Shrimp fly in the Garden Pool & Sea Pool. Nicholas Nicholson, Co. Clare had 5 salmon for the week from the Washing Pool on Beat 4, Humps & Hollows, Black Banks on Beat 6 and the Middle & Lower Garden Pool on Beat 9 all fish were taken on a fly named Flame one of his own patterns. Brothers Jean & Jacques Calver from France on a return visit to the Erriff had a good week catching 10 salmon and 6 sea trout - all fish with the exception of one which was retained for smoking were sportingly released – best fish was estimated at 8-9lbs. Arthur Muckian, Dundalk had two fresh run fish taken in the Guage Pool and Sea Pool on Beat 9. Christopher Thornton, U.K. caught and released a fish of 6lbs. taken on a Connemara Black in the Broken Bridge Pool on Beat 5. Young Christopher Forde, Oughterard very sportingly released his first salmon of the season -a fresh grilse of 5lbs. taken in the Middle Garden Pool on a Cascade.
A Black Shrimp was successful for Niall Wickham, Drogheda who released a fish taken at the Twin Rocks on Beat 7. Donavin Brinklow returned a sea trout of 1.5lbs taken on a Black Shrimp fly in Black Banks on Beat 6.Nicholas Fenton, N. Irl. caught 2 on a Cascade. Mr. John McCullough retained one of 6lbs and released another 2 in addition to 7 Sea trout. Aidan Crean caught 4 sea trout and I grilse taken in the Sea Pool on Beat 9. Gerry Dooley released one of 7-8 lbs taken on a Shrimp Fly and lost another 3 at the Twin Rocks on Beat 7. Mary Harkin, daughter of Rory Harkin of Rory’s Fishing Tackle Shop in Temple Bar Dublin fishing the Erriff for the first time caught 3 of which 2 were released.
Total catch for the week was 37 salmon and 22 Sea Trout.
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