River Erriff is renowned as a salmon fishery, with regular guests
returning year after year to experience the wonderful fishing in these
stunning surroundings. The fishery is comprised of the Erriff River
and the two lakes of Tawnyard and Derrintin. A spate river, it is
characterised by lively streams and deep fish-holding pools. It has
8 miles of prime angling water, divided into 9 beats, which are rotated
amongst anglers on a daily basis. Fishing is uncrowded with only two
rods on most beats, and a maximum of 3 on the remainder. Flyfishing
is the norm, but spinning, worm and prawn may be permitted by the
fishery manager in certain circumstances.
For flyfishing, a 10-11 foot single-handed rod, capable of casting
an 8-9 line is adequate. As the catchment is subject to varied climatic
conditions in terms of wind and water levels, it is advisable to include
a double-handed 12-15 foot salmon rod. For spinning an 8.5-10 foot
rod is generally used, with 14-18lb line.
Favourite flies include shrimp patterns, Hairy Mary, Munro Killer,
Silver Rat, Stoats Tail and Garry Dog, in sizes 6-14 to suit water
conditions. Tobys and Flying C spinners are commonly used when the
river is in spate. The river can be fished both from the bank and
by wading. There is a run of spring salmon into the river during the
months of April and May, with grilse and summer salmon appearing from
late May. The runs continue throughout June, July, August and the
early part of September.
Tawnyard Lough is 250 acres in size. It gets a run of grilse and sea
trout from June, and there is very lively brown trout fishing to small
flies. The lough is situated high in the hills, in a most scenic area
of South Mayo. Fly-fishing and dapping are the only permitted methods
of fishing. Boats and outboard motors are available to anglers
Sample Video - Salmon Fishing, August 2011
Enquiries to James Stafford, Manager, Aasleagh Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.