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Old 20-09-2017, 09:35 PM
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In all the years that i have fished Mask this must be the worst, it has become very difficult to contact fish on the lake...2 years ago we had good fishing with several fish in the 4lb mark. On monday we had good fishing on dry fly 5 fish up to 3 lb but this was on the Corrib, yesterday we fished Mask and left it at 5pm not having contacted a single fish...i wonder what the problem is?, its not so many years ago when Mask fish were free takers...i give up in despair....J
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Old 23-09-2017, 09:48 PM
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Same as Jemo,I fished it for 2 days for 1 fish..worst ever,I don't know what's going on there..
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Fished Mask four years ago from Isham Angling, Dringeen Bay and rose a couple of fish only in a week.
Have very recently booked a week at the end of July 2018 so I hope it is a lot better then.
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Old 01-10-2017, 10:16 PM
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Hi Fluffba, i have been fishing Mask for years and the fishing has been consistently good until this year. We had good duck fly fishing early in the season but it got progressively worse after that, its as if the fish have changed their feeding habits....but remember next year is another year so lets look optimisticly at the prospects....J
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Old 06-10-2017, 10:36 AM
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I have been fishing Mask for many years and seen the same pattern. Early season has been good to very good at times and by May time the fishing is nowhere near what we experienced a few years ago. Perhaps a change to feeding patterns and fly hatches as result of weather, water quality changes or just down to our own experiences ?
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Old 22-10-2017, 10:24 PM
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I would agree with Brakwansha,I have been on Mask many times this season,The fishing at the start of the season fishing was good,Duckfly and Olives,But after that the hatches of fly became scarce and the fishing became hard..
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Old 24-10-2017, 02:15 PM
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It has to be caused by agriculture to a large extent. With the lifting of milk quotas etc there’s a problem with the disposal of waste and pollution/byproduct in the industry, use of inorganic fertilisers and the spreading of slurry within reach of the loughs. More human habitation around the loughs means effluent has to go somewhere too and once these huge bodies of water start to become over enriched it is extremely hard to reverse the changes. The algal blooms on Carra seem to get worse and worse, Carra is my all time favourite lake but in the last few years there has been a noticeable decline.

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Old 24-10-2017, 04:23 PM
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Sean i agree with you totally...Carra was our go to lake for years with its beautiful grilse like trout.On the long weekend of the Good Friday agreement in 1998 my partner and i had over 100 fish to the boat up to 3.75lb, since then it too has gradually gone downhill. The marl that gave it its lime green water has been invaded by weed from arterial drainage and the lake has become darker over the years...the days of the free rising trout have gone, the fish have changed their feeding habits and more is the pity...however all is not lost it has become a very good late evening lake just before darkness thats when the big fish move...let us hope that the authorities do something before its too late to preserve this jewel of a lake for our kids and their kids....
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Yes Jemo,I would agree,The water quality in our lakes has deteriorated over the years,We no longer see the hatches of flies that were once there,Now faced with the explosion in the number of pike in our trout fisheries which are another serious threat to our wild trout fisheries.
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