‘The Gillies Lair’, Ardnasillagh Lodge is situated on the western shores of lough Corrib near the village of Oughterard in Connemara County Galway.
Oughterard being the nearest town is only two kilometres away and has numerous pubs and restaurants. The beautiful historic city of Galway is only 25 minutes away by car and offers excellent shopping, pubs, clubs and restaurants.
A short distance away is the renowned Kylemore Abbey and Maam Cross of the “Quiet Man” film fame. Apart from the sight-seeing and hill-walking this area is well known for its golf courses and sea fishing as well as its breath taking scenery and numerous beautiful beaches.
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The west of Ireland is blessed with large crystal-clear limestone loughs that support a massive population of wild brown trout. These trout are some of the fittest and strongest you will catch anywhere and fight far beyond their size. You will have the chance to catch the trout of a lifetime and fish over 10lbs are taken on the fly every year with trout of 5lbs to 7lbs not uncommon. There is, also, an opportunity to catch large ferrox trout but these are normally only caught deep trolling (the Corrib record was broken in 2004 with a fish of almost 22lbs).
The fishing season on these loughs falls into distinctive periods when certain methods far-out fish others. From opening day on 15th February wet fly fishing is the norm when the fish can be found feeding on shrimp, hoglouse and small fry. This is followed by the duck-fly which usually starts in mid-March and continues to mid-April. At this time buzzer fishing is by far the best method but dries and small wets can also work.
From mid-April to mid-May there is ‘Olive’ fishing on wet, dry and nymphs during which time buzzer can also play a major part. Early May to mid-June brings the famous ‘Mayfly’ hatches. The fishing at this time can be superb for both wet fly and dry fly, as well as dapping the live insects. Hatching throughout the olive and mayfly hatches are massive ‘greyboy’ and ’campo’ buzzers which trout also feed on. An evening spent gnat fishing or ‘ball and buzzer’ fishing is also highly recommended.
Around these great loughs the local school children get a special week’s holiday to collect Mayfly and sell them to the visiting anglers to make some pocket money.
June to mid-August daytime trout fishing depends on weather conditions, whereby early morning and late evening fishing can be more productive when sedges hatch in large numbers. Mid-August through to the end of the season trout can be found over deep water feeding on daphnia as well as on sedges and fry in the shallows.
In summary, throughout the entire fishing season, these loughs offer the visiting angler ample opportunities and varied methods to catch beautiful wild brown trout for which this region has become so famous.