Fishing Clubs in County
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Ballinrobe & District Anglers ;
Cushlough, Ballinrobe, County Mayo
Tel: +353 (0) 93 33435 Email:
Ballinasloe Coarse Angling Club ; Ballinasloe, County Galway
A boatman with boat and engine can be hired for about 80
euro, a boat and outboard for about 40 euro and a boat for
about 20 euro. There are insured boatmen round the loughs
and most hotels and guesthouses engage them for their
guests. The Fisheries Board provides a list of all insured
boat operators. Many hotels and B&B's can locate or
recommend a ghillie or related service.
The season for brown trout on Lough Corrib opens on February
15th and trout are usually caught on fly from the very first
day of the season. However, the best wetfly fishing is at
the beginning of April, for about two weeks, and again
during the Mayfly period, May 16th to 30th. Dapping the
natural mayfly is very popular in late May / early June.
Dapping the grasshopper or daddy-long-legs in August /
September is also popular. Wet fly-fishing during the same
months usually gives good results. Trolling can take salmon
and big ferox trout, the salmon from April onwards and the
warmer summer months are often best for the large ferox
trout. In certain areas of the Lough, fresh-run grilse are
caught on fly from about the third week in May. Dry fly can
take plenty of trout during the daytime, even if trout are
not rising freely. Fished on the "blind," it can bring up
excellent trout. Mayfly dry tyings are important, including
a few tyings of the Gray Wulff and Yellow Wulff.
Fishing the wet fly is good on Lough Mask in April and
during the Mayfly period, which is usually from May 20th, or
a little later sometimes, to the first week in June. Wet fly
can also be very productive onwards from the end of July.
There are many areas of the lough where dry fly fishing can
take big trout from May onwards. The lough is famous for
dapping the different natural insects. Trolling for large
ferox trout up to 18lb gives good results.
The Clare Rivers produces trout to mainly dry fly on summer
evenings and sometimes during daytime. The Clare flows
through Tuam and into Lough Corrib, on the eastern side near
Headford. A permit from the local angling Club is requires
for the Clare River. There are stretches of the Clare River,
near Tuam and Corofin, where spinning and worming is allowed
for salmon at certain times only, otherwise its fly-fishing.