[ July 2012 ]
July 15th: I am delighted to report that the Sea Trout fishing is still very good, and actually getting better as the days go on. In total there were 98 Sea Trout landed for the week. Most of the fish are being caught on the lake, as there is very little water in the river beats at present. Most of the fish are of equal size (roughly 1lb 2oz), and in very good condition. If we keep going as we are, it will be the best year since the collapse in 1988. John Casey (Galway) had the best fish of the week, a fresh 2.5lbs fish from Pine Island Beat. Billy Grange and George Murray (N.Ireland) fished Lough Inagh for Friday and Saturday and landed a total of 20 Sea Trout and a small fresh Grilse of 3lbs on a Silver Daddy and a Clan Chief. Sean McCloskey and Mervyn Bell (N.Ireland) had a great day with 10 to 1.5lbs on a Jungle Bunny.
The Salmon fishing remains slow due to the lack of water, however 6 were landed in total for the week. Dara Noone(Galway) had the best fish, weighing 6.5lbs, caught on a Red Daddy on Lough Inagh.
Prospects for water look good in the coming days, and angling pressure is light next week, so by Thursday it should fish well.
July 22nd: Massive floods on Tuesday ensured a great run of Salmon and Sea Trout into Lough Inagh. The Sea Trout fishing is still improving as the days go on, and we are heading for our best year since the collapse in 1988. All the fish are in superb condition and are lice free. The average weight is over a pound and there are fish to 4lbs being hooked, and fish to 6lbs being seen. Total catch for the week was 168 Sea Trout. Top flies for the week were anything blue (Donegal Blue, Blue Zulu, Kamasunary Killer etc). On Wednesday five boats were out on Inagh, and it was a day to remember. Although the lake was very high and a small bit peaty 68 Sea Trout were landed. Dubliners Michael Heery and Dennis Murphy landed 25 Sea Trout to 2lbs, and 5 Salmon to 12lbs for their day. A Green Dabbler, Donegal Blue and Jungle Alexander was the cast that did the business. Andy Walsh(Galway) and Pat Molloy(Galway) boated 16 and Padraig Fahy(Galway) had 9 on a Fr. Ronan. Other notable catches include Paul Cashlin (Mayo) had 14 Sea Trout to 2.5lbs on Dabblers and Colin Folan and Ceri Jones (Wales) had 8 Sea Trout for 3 hours on the lake, and a 5lbs Brown from the river on a Sunray Shadow. The Maguire party from Dublin had 23 Sea trout for 4 rods and 2 days, and Hugh Maguire landed a 5lbs Grilse From The Derryclare Butts on a Black and Orange Shrimp pattern. Vincent Foley (Dublin) had a Grilse of 5lbs from The Derryclare Butts on a Sunray. In the last 4 weeks we have recorded 373 Sea Trout, compared to out total catch from 2011, which was 263!
July 30th: The Sea Trout keep on coming! 177 Sea Trout were reported for the week to 2.5lbs and 7 Salmon were caught for 54 rod days. Nearly all the fish were taken from the lake, as there is medium to low water in the river beats at time of writing. Weather prospects look good for the coming days with large quantities of rain forecast for tomorrow(Tuesday).
Notable catches for the week included, Michael Heery and William Hamilton fished Inagh for a day and boated 29 Sea Trout and 2 Char, on a Green Dabbler, Fr. Ronan and a Snow White. John Roche(Galway) and partner boated 16 Sea Trout on Green Peters. John Ryan(Clare) and Chuck Adams(USA) recorded 15 Sea Trout to 2.25lbs on Green Peters and Sean McEvoy(Mayo) landed 12 Sea Trout and a 5lbs Grilse on a variety of patterns. Robert Kelly (Dublin) took a 4.5lbs Grilse on a Fr. Ronan and 5 Sea Trout for a day on Inagh. There were first ever Salmon for Dublin couple Frank and Svetlana Lavery, for their 2 days on Inagh. Frank had a 5lbs Grilse on a Silver Doctor, and Svetlana had a 2.5lbs fish on a Bloody Butcher. One angler told me that he broke in a Salmon in excess of 20lbs during the week on Inagh!
Lough Inagh is delighted to announce that Peter O Reilly will be holding a Fly Fishing course in Lough Inagh Lodge on the weekend of 23-26 August. Full details from Inagh 09534706, email@example.com, places are limited to 6 persons.
August 5th: The good, the bad and the ugly. The good, is the superb catch of 9 Salmon to 9lbs and 31 Sea Trout to 4lbs on Friday. The bad is how great conditions, and a full compliment of top anglers produced very few fish on Sunday and finally, The Bad is the severe winds and torrential rain that battered us on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Twelve Salmon were recorded this week, nine were taken on Friday with seven of the nine from Lough Inagh. Michael Heery(Dublin) had three Salmon, of 6.5lbs,7.5lbs and 9lbs on a Green Dabbler and Snow White fly. Michael also had 12 Sea Trout on the same patterns that day. Dan O Donavan(Cork), Dave Gibbons(Cork) and Campbell Sampson(Scotland) fished Inagh for a day on Friday and recorded 3 Salmon to 9lbs, and 15 Sea Trout to 3.5lbs on a Green Peter and Green Daddy. Brian Regan(Galway) fished Inagh for a morning on Saturday and landed a 6lbs Grilse and 4 Sea Trout on a Green Dabbler. Ewan Guinness(England) had a fresh Grilse of 6lbs from The Derryclare Butts on a Silver Rat, and Paul Hollway(N.Ireland) fished Greenpoint Beat and hooked 3 Salmon, but only landed one fish of 5lbs on a Van Beck. Colin Folan and Michael Pettitgrew also had Grilse from the lake.
Seventy seven Sea Trout were recorded for 56 rod days this week. There were 5 Char landed also to 0.75lbs, and there were numerous Brown Trout caught also this week.
The coming week is almost booked out for the lake, but the week beginning August 13th is quite at the moment.
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