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Fishing News 2007

24th September 2007
Mark Tarleton releasing an 8lb hen Due to an unforseen server problem, the website updates went missing for the past two months. Apologies for any the delay in getting the problem fixed. As predicted the 2007 season has turned out to be one of the best for 20 years with doulble the number of salmon in the river against this time last year. The drift netting had a profound effect whilst the continued closure of the salmon farm in the estuary is dramatically improving the situation. Below is a synopsis of what has been happening on the river since the last report on 17th July.

The remainder on the month fished very well in ideal water conditions. 16 salmon were landed for the week including 3 in a morning to Dublin angler, David O'Connor. Nicky and Derek Strauss had 4 grilse whilst Malachy and Curreel O'Callaghan had a 7lb fish each. The fluctuating water levels meant that the salmon were never settled and never really came on the take. The largest fish for the period was a fine fresh 11lb salmon from Beat 1 caught by Club Member, Jack Meredith. The average size of salmon was a respectible 6lbs.

Fishing ConnemaraAugust was a steady month with 32 salmon being landed. The majority of these fish were fresh, which is unusual given that July used to be the main run into the system. The later running grilse means that August is one of the best months for salmon fishing. Beat 1 was the top beat, however, Beat 2 and 4/5 yielded a fair number of fish. Tom and Peggy McManus caught 4 salmon between them over a 3 day period whilst rookie angler, Martin Johnson had a great day landing 2 and losing 3 salmon. Not a bad day considering it was his first day fly fishing! The average size of fish was just under 7lb with the largest salmon of 11lbs being caught by Ulrich Treusch. Badgers and Silver Rats were the best patterns for the month.

Tom McManus with a 6lb grilse After all the rain in August, the first 2 weeks of September failed to produce any rain and the river dropped to very low levels. Only 3 salmon were caught during this period,on very small trout flies. Very heavy rain on the night of 15th brought the level of the river up and 18 salmon were landed for the week. 14 of these were released. It has been our most productive week of the season with an average size of 7lbs. 10lbs was the largest fish, caught by Paddy Corcoran, who also caught 4 others in as many days. Fresh fish have been swimming over the counter in good numbers for September . The remaining 6 days look promising and with 86 salmon in the book we are hoping to catch 100.

The sea trout fishing was reasonable, however, it seems as if the warm spring damaged our fragile stock and only small numbers migrated to sea. This can only mean that next season will provide great sea trout fishing in June and July.

17th July 2007
The grilse run has been up to a month late and in the past 4 days the hotel stretch has seen some fantastic salmon fishing. Two salmon were landed on Saturday last, three on Sunday and five on Monday. Up to lunchtime today one grilse was caught and released by Derek Strauss from the stream of Beat 1. All of the fish have been taken by regular anglers and club members. The size of the grilse has ranged from 4.5lbs up to 8lbs with all of them being fresh and nearly half of them have been released. Large numbers of fish continue to run the counter and we envisage having a very good last two weeks of July with the weather remaining broken. The river is at a perfect height and fish are being taken from all over the river including 2 fish from Beat 3, normally a very slow beat at this time of year. The fish, pictured on the right, was about 8lbs and was released after taking a size 10 cascade shrimp from the stream of Beat 3.

The sea trout fishing has been poor for this time of year and this seems to be the case throughout the country. Some well conditined sea trout up to 3lbs have been taken from the system, however the large numbers of finnock have not arrived into the river yet.
The river is very busy for the coming weeks and it essential that fishing is reserved in advance through the hotel. Contact details can be found at the top of this page.

5th July 2007
Eamon Mannion releasing a fresh grilse on Beat 4 The rain has not really stopped since my last report. The river has been in very good condition, possibly a little high. We are experiencing the latest run of grilse into the system in history. I would say that it is up to 2 weeks later than last year. All of the fisheries on the west coast are having similar problems, however, good numbers of fish are being caught on systems that get the early run of grilse which means we should get larger numbers of fish into the river next week. Two fish were landed over the past week. A fine 13.5lb springer and a 5lb sea liced grilse.

The sea trout fishing has been poor because of the high water as most of the trout are passing through into the lakes.

25th June 2007
After the rain of last week the river has been in perfect condition and local guide, Cyril Biggins caught the first grilse of the year at the fishery. The fine 5lb sea liced fish was taken on a silver stoat from the run on Beat 1. Given the perfect water conditions, the run of grilse has, unfotunately, not been very strong to date. We are certainly seeing salmon, however not in the numbers that we would like. Like in recent years, the runs of salmon have been getting later and this years seems to be no exception. The weather continues to be unsettled and spring tides are arriving this weekend so we hope to see a good run of fish arriving on those tides.
Anglers continue to enjoy good sea trout fishing with the larger fish being taken by anglers fishing at dusk.

20th June 2007
The rain has finally arrived! We had a deluge yesterday and the river is still rising at the moment. Three fresh salmon were lost on Beat 4/5 last night as they came in on the rising water, including a large double figured fish. Over 30 passed through the counter overnight and we are expecting more on the tide this morning. It is encouraging to see many larger grilse, over the 6lb mark, most likely due to the drift netting ban that came into effect this year.
The sea trout are also arriving in good numbers and provide some exciting fishing, especially during the evening. After such a dry spell, it is great to have good numbers of fresh grilse running the river. To reserve fishing, contact the hotel.

13th June 2007
The spring fishing at the hotel was very quiet given the very low water levels in April. When the water arrived in May only small numbers of springers ran the river. Only one of these was caught by club member Adam Greaves which was duly returned.
The grilse run is late again this year which is becoming the norm. With good rain forecast over the next week I would expect to see them starting to run. With no drift netting from 2007 the run should have a greater proportion of larger grilse. I had a great evening sea trout fishing on the river last night catching ten trout over a two hour period. They are healthy fish and two were over the pound mark. In line with the past two years the trout and arriving on time and we are expecting a great run in 2007.