set in spectacular scenary, in the heart of connemara is lough inagh lodge hotel. to the west of galway city, the hotel rests on the shores of lough inagh, one of connemara's most spectacular lakes and is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. it is a short drive from clifden and roundstone. a perfect haven for complete rest, relaxation, and romance lough inagh lodge hotel offers you all the comforts and pleasures of an elegant, modern hotel in an old-world atmosphere. lough inagh is also perfectly placed to take advantage of a number of outdoor pursuits and activities. hill walking, fly fishing, cycling, golf, sight seeing, exploring!!set amidst the most spectacular connemara scenery in ireland, visitors to lough inagh lodge hotel can fish, shoot, golf, hill-walk, pony-trek, or just relax and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere of our lovely common rooms; open log fires in the library and the oak-panelled bar symbolise the warmth of inagh hospitality.seafood and wild game dishes sourced locally to connemara when possible are specialities of the house and are complimented by an excellent wine list. the ideal base for your tour of connemara, lough inagh lodge is surrounded by famous "beauty spots", including the twelve bens mountain range, connemara national park and renowned kylemore abbey. when your long day of sightseeing connemara and its hinterland is over, retire to your comfortable, spacious bedroom which has spectacular views over lough inagh and the twelve bens mountains. each bedroom is en-suite and includes a separate dressing room. lough inagh lodge hotel is pleased to announce that we have been selected by the aa as a top hotel for 2006-2007. each year the aa identifies the highest performing hotels in ireland as top hotels. this is the supreme accolade used to recognise hotels that stand out as the very best, regardless of size and style. some say connemara is a state of mind come and experience it for yourself you'd be most welcome. fishing in connemaralough inagh and derryclare fishery is situated in connemara, county galway, which is in the west of ireland. the fishery is made up of two loughs (inagh & derryclare) and 4 river beats. there are 6 boats available for hire on lough inagh and 1 boat available on derryclare. outboard engines are essential and can be hired from the fishery manager upon request. ghillees can also be arranged the day before you fish and are advised. beats and boats carry 2 rods and dapping is allowed on the lakes. state salmon angling licences are compulsory and are available on site. the fishery is fly fishing only and all the fish are wild.spring salmon enter the system in april and can be taken in the river beats particularly the derryclare butts, summer salmon (grilse) usually arrive in june and these fish are caught on both lake and river. the sea trout enter the system in late june and are caught all over the fishery on most fly patterns. high water is generally better for angling as the fish need to progress up the ballynahinch system to the top waters of lough inagh. there is a massive stock of indigenous brown trout and these free rising fish often make a memorable day for some anglers. fish up to 12lbs have been caught in recent years. there is a bag limit for salmon in place and all trout are catch and release. the fishing season closes on september 30.lough inagh is about 7 kilometres in length and is the biggest and probably the most beautiful lake in connemara. it is generally not a deep lake and has lots of beautiful islands with natural irish flora.lough inagh lodge hotel carries a large range of suitable fishing flies for sale, and also has a tackle hire service for anglers who wish to travel light. the hotels chefs are only too delighted to cook your catch if you are lucky enough to catch a salmon. checklist;10 ft rod #7, floating and intermediate fly lines, wet and dry flies for trout in sizes 8-14 such as black pennell, connemara black, delphi silver and dabblers. salmon singles and doubles in sizes 6 – 14 such as cascade. lough inagh – “water in its most beautiful form”lough inagh is 7kms long and has ten named islands. it is the largest lake in connemara and is the top of the ballynahinch system. it is fed by the glen inagh river, which contains 3kms of spawning gravels. the lakes deepest spot is situated in front of the hotel and is 70 feet in depth. most of the fishing takes place at the top end of the lake where the rivers and streams enter. there are numerous bays, reeds and sand-bars which accommodate the bulk of the fish. the largest island on the lake – deer island has fantastic fishing all around it and is situated at the top east of the lake. the main rock found in the lake is granite although there are limestone belts running through lough inagh. there is plenty of fly life present such as sedges, olives, chironomids, stoneflies, damsels and mayflies. there is also a large stock of minnow and stickleback which helps plump up the massive stock of indigenous brown trout. browns to 12lbs. have been caught in recent years. it is not uncommon for boats to catch up to 40 brown trout in a day. brown trout can be caught in inagh from the start of march but april and may are probably the best months for them. the larger fish are mostly caught in september. wet fly is the preferred method for anglers, although dries, buzzers and sunk-line lures have proved very effective. top flies include green peter, daddy longlegs, golden olive bumble, claret hopper and green dabbler. it is safe to presume that the bottom (south) end of the lake is better for brown trout. sea trout enter the lake in early june and are taken right up to the end of the season on september 30th. they range in size from a half pound up to five pounds. in its hay-day lough inagh was the premier sea trout lough in ireland. one of the best drifts for sea trout is from the mouth of the glen inagh river to deer island. most of the sea trout fishing is done in water no more than twelve feet in depth. as a general rule for wet fly fishing for sea trout in lough inagh, an intermediate line in the morning and a floating line in the afternoon is best. in calmish conditions, a floating line with light leader and a team of very small hoppers and diawl bachs fished in the surface film very slowly can be very effective, especially in schoolhouse bay which is the bottom bay in lough inagh. top wet flies for sea trout are silver daddy, connemara black, kingsmill, ballcock, claret hopper, donegal blue hopper and father ronan. dapping daddy longlegs and grasshoppers in september can bring up the bigger fish and is very common on inagh. in 2009 one boat fishing wet flies boated 25 sea trout to 2.5lbs. salmon enter the lake in may and this is the spring run. the main run of grilse starts in early june and continues to enter the lake right up to the end of the season. high water is essential to bring the salmon in as they have to travel about ten miles to get to inagh. almost all the salmon are caught at the top end of inagh around the river mouth on wet flies. a big wave is recommended for the lake for salmon. most popular fly line is a floater. top salmon flies are daddy longlegs, father ronan, black dabbler, connemara black and green peter.
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