River Erriff Guide
The River Erriff rises some 15 miles North East of Killary harbour in County Mayo, and flows South West on almost the same path as the N59, until it enters the Harbour just downstream of the village of Aasleagh.
The river is has over 20 miles of water but the last 8 miles is of most interest to the Salmon angler, starting from Shrahlea Bridge, and running down to Killary Harbour. The river banks are well developed and deep wading is not required despite the river being quite wide in places.
It is a classic spate river, characterised by lots of deep holding pools, punctuated by plenty of nice streams and glides. The fishery runs through a beautiful glacial valley and the stunning scenery is capped off with the magical Aasleagh Falls just above the sea.
The fishery is controlled by the Central Fisheries board and is managed from Aasleagh Lodge. It is divided up into 9 beats, most of which take only two rods, with a few taking 3 for 22 rods in total. The vast majority of the fish are taken on the fly. In spate you’d be better with a double handed rod but in normal conditions a single hander is fine.
Of the Loughs on the Erriff system, Tawnyard is the one of most interest. It covers an area of around 250 acres and can be very good for Sea Trout and Grilse. The Lough is fly fishing only and dapping is allowed. A boat is essential to cover most of Lough Tawnyard.
River Erriff Tributaries
No River Erriff tributaries listed.
River Erriff Neighbouring Rivers
River Bundorragha (Delphi)
River Carrowbeg (Westport)
River Manulla (Bellyvary)
River Owenglin (Clifden)
River Owenwee (Belclare)