October 2011

3rd October 2011 The season finally ended on the 30th September following the lowest Summer temperatures in years. Ironically some of the last days of September were the hottest of the year – but most of the good weather was in Dublin! Trout fishing wise it was a disappointing year with fewer anglers fishing the…

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August 2011

Towards the end of August Christopher and I headed to Kerry for a few days prior to the starting of the school term. We climbed Carrauntoohil – the highest mountain in Ireland for the first time. We planned to climb the mountain by one of the nicer routes and followed the route in Jim Ryan’s…

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July 2011

For the very first time in 25 years we actually took a holiday in July. With a wedding to attend in New Jersey on the 16th July we spent two weeks in New York State, Connecticut and New Jersey. Thanks to Dave Phat and Brian Walshe of Long Island we were treated to some fabulous…

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June 2011

The summer has been very unusual this year. April had the best dry sunny weather, may was very windy for every day of the month. Much of that continued into June and we are still having more than our fair share of colder than normal weather. Because of this fishing has in general been poor.…

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May 2011

Well  the new trout season is well and truly underway and some good fish have been caught. The mayfly is up and running and most people are catching fish. it is quite windy so the flies are skating over the surface – difficult for dappers but successful for dryfly fishermen! The boating requires care not…

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April 2011

On Friday 1st April 2011 Oughterard hosted the President of Ireland to a presentation of all the voluntary effort around the town. A fantastic day was had and everyone in the town made a huge effort to ensure that the town looked splendid. Deirdre was the co-ordinator and host of the event!   So Oughterard…

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January 2011

December – January was one of the coldest spells in history around here! The river froze – to the extent that we needed a crow bar to break the ice! The lake froze all the way to Rouillaun! We had temperatures of -12 degrees centegrade on Christmas morning – with no water!! We got over…

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July 2010

I caught a lovely salmon on the Erriff at the start of July weighing 11.5 lbs. That’s a hard weight to break so I have not tried to better it! Following the opening of the Dublin – Galway motorway Oughterard is less than 2.5 hours from Dublin – no excuse not to come! 2010 –…

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May 2010

At the end of May 2010 we hosted the SIGMA SPORTS team who were competing in the FBD RAS cycle race around ireland. It was hard to count the calories consumed to re-fuel the team at the end of the day. Dinner alone included four carbohydrates, potatoes, rice, pasta and cous cous. An hour later…

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April 2010

The Development 50 competition on Duckfly took place back in March and was won by a guest of Camillaun – well there’s a first!! David Dinsmore and Mike Shanks scored with 15 minutes to go with a trout of over 9 pounds!!. Wonderful for them and a mighty shock to second place who had managed…

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January 2010

We avoided most of the really cold spell at Christmas having spent Christmas and the new year in Cuba so here’s a couple of contrasting photographs!! Havana at about 25 degrees centigrade and Oughterard at minus five all in the same week!    In December – January 2009 / 10 we spent two weeks in…

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July 2009

We had some great fishing in  2009, certainly the Corrib produced some excellent trout and it was encouraging for evening outings to be well rewarded in the summer. In late July I caught two good trout which we kept for a large family dinner, best 3lb 7 oz and second 1lb 14 ozs in two…

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May 2009

2009 saw the best Mayfly in years. Trout returned to the surface in large numbers splashing at hatching mayflies. Those that did not record good catches were happy to report great hatches of fly and  large numbers of trout feeding. Not everywhere every day but consistently good hatches and rises through a three week period.…

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2008

The Special conservation measures for wild brown trout were signed by the Minister into law in 2008. These apply to the three main lakes, Loughs Corrib, Mask and Carra and their feeder rivers and streams. The laws primarily are as follows: All trout under 33 cms (13 inches) must be returned immediately alive to the…

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