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16 Aug 2012

Lough Inagh

If the angling gods wanted to design a larger Irish salmon and sea-trout lough they'd probably design something like Lough Beltra or Lough Inagh. Last week we were privileged to fish both, although on Inagh we were faced with two days of flat calms and tropical temperatures. At one point the thermometer reached 29C. Fiddling about with dry flies or carefully-presented small wet-flies we caught a handful of finnock...and that was it. It was frustrating, because a good run of fish had got up to the lough through the wet weather of July and the early part of August. Nevertheless, the hospitality, kindness and angling expertise which surrounded us were wonderful, and I'm more than glad we went.  See also http://www.fishinginireland.info/salmon/west/inagh.htm and http://www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie/

 Gardiner and Colin Folan selecting likely flies - the angler's equivalent of bedtime reading.

 Lough Inagh Lodge - warmly recommended as a place to stay, fish...and to eat.

 Kevin Crowley fishing Inagh under the Twelve Pins.

Likely Inagh sea-trout patterns. Note the red Diawl Bach (top). There had been a fall of red ants just before our visit and the sea-trout were apparently taking them avidly.

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