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Pike Angling Club :

TUAM, CLARE, CORRIB ; Bernard Conroy, Kilbannon, Tuam, Co 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.
Lough Corrib
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 daddylonglegs 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.

Lough Mask
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.

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