John and Judy have been welcoming guests to this region for over 20 years and John, a keen game angler and guide, will gladly help you organise your daily fishing and provide advice on tackle and flies. There is a well stocked fly fixing desk for guests use and a small library of angling periodicals, books and DVD's. We provide boats, guides and care to the highest standards. There is a well equipped rod room with freezer and drying facilities. The quality of game fishing for this region is exceptional. Visitors fishing for salmon and trout in a natural undisturbed habitat will enjoy a unique experience.
Lough Mask (24000 acres)
A stones throw from Árd Aoibhinn, Lough Mask has an excellent stock of wild brown trout averaging 1.5 lbs with many over 3lbs. Every year many specimen trout weighing over 10lb are taken on the troll. Although primarily a game fishery, it also holds pike, perch and char.
Lough Mask is renowned for its high quality wet-fly fishing, which extends for most of the season. May fly dapping is productive in taking trout above average weight. Dapping the daddy-long-legs or grasshopper can be very successful from July onwards. Duckfly hatches are best during the months of April. During the month of April, and later, hatches of the Large Lake Olives can be found in many bays, and hatches of Sooty and Golden Olives are pretty widespread over the season. Under normal conditions, the Mayfly season is best from May 20th to June 12th, with intermittent hatches occurring in later months. In late evenings in May and June, and later months too, hatches of Chironnomids occur in some bays where good angling is often experienced. June, July and August provide good angling to wetflies or by dapping the natural daddylonglegs and/ or grasshopper. Dry-fly fishing to Sedge patterns can take excellent bags when fished in late evenings. A variety of Sedge flies begin to hatch from mid-May onwards, and these make up a big percentage of the Lough's fly life. Occasionally, when falls of Red or Black Ant are heavy on the water in July, August and September, the trout feed extensively on them. Many other types of terrestrial flies appear on the Lough from time to time and can prove very attractive to trout.Fishing on Lough Corrib, Lough Carra and Lough Conn can be arranged - if you wish to sample other fisheries in the region. For the lastest fishing reports for Lough Mask see www.wrfb.ie
This region has superb salmon waters with sea trout present in a number of Loughs and rivers. Fishing days can be pre-booked through Árd Aoibhinn on the Moy, Delphi, Errif, Beltra, Furnace, Carramore and many other fisheries (all the above are approximately 45 minutes drive from our houses).
Ireland-West is fortunate because the area benefits from the warm water offshoot of the Gulf Stream. Known as the North Atlantic Drift, it is responsible for our temperate climate ensuring that it is never too cold in winter and never too hot in summer. This means that the waters around the coast provide a great variety of fish from both the cold and warmer water regions of the Atlantic. This great ocean has, over the millennia, etched territory with a mixture of deep rocky bays and sandy beaches. Boat anglers can also explore many offshore areas never before fished by rod and line, indeed when a bait is lowered to the sea bed, anything from a Pouting to a Porteagle is possible. A days sea fishing can be arranged from Westport, Newport, Achill, Belmullet or Clifden.