Thursday, September 23, 2010
A Showing of the 'Browns' of Ireland.
Thought it would be of some interest to put up pics of the various specie of 'Browns' found in Ireland. As in my last post, I'll start off with the brown that most fishers would give their eye tooth for, for this brown has been know to get to 20 lbs. plus, and that is the..
..'Dollaghan'.. Salmo trutta L.,
..These are just two of the colour phases that this fish has in the various rivers that flow into Lough Neagh.
..the next fish and others are not in any order..
..this next fish is called..'Sonaghan'..Salmo nigripinnis
..these have been scientifically proven as being indigenous to Lough Melvin and are the main quarry for anglers on Lough Melvin. Late evening approximately half hour before dusk is particularly good, the month of June is when the fishing for this specie peaks.
..the next brown is called ..'Gillaroo'.. Salmo stomachicus
..A specie of trout which eats primarily snails. Gillaroo is derived from the Gailge or Irish for Red Fellow (Giolla Rua). This is do to the fishes distinctive colouring. It has bright buttery golden colour in it's flanks with bright crimson and vermilion spots.
..next brown I've saved for last because it has been noted to have lived 50,000 years ago and have survived over the ages, and it is called..'Ferox'.. Salmo ferox
..in about 10,000 years ago when the climatic conditions changed, cutting off their access to the sea, and forever changing their life history. Indeed in Ireland ferox can be found in many char lakes which traditionally held char in the past. Ferox canabalise (now known as Salmo ferox), which returned to many of the same lakes when geological processes and climatic conditions allowed and also prey on other fish species (in Lough Corrib ferox take large numbers of roach).
..there is but one other that I thought I should bring to light and that fish is called..'Croneen'..
..however, to site any of the write up on this certain unique fish would be a travesty to it , so please look in this site for the complete story of the Corneen trout... http://www.shannon-fishery-board.ie/catchment/croneen-story.htm