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Irish Angling Update – 08 March 2018

March 8th, 2018 | by

Butlers Pool

Butlers Pool, Waterville

Most of the country was shut down by snow and ice following the arrival of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma last week. There were incredible scenes in the media of snow drifts and icescapes that looked like scenery from Life in the Freezer. It’s not surprising that with so many anglers housebound  there is little to report this week. But, of course, there’s always one or two hardy souls who are in just the right place to get out, and there were parts of the country where hardly any snow fell at all…

When the thaw set in on Sunday Noel Fitzmaurice made the most of his opportunity to throw a line on the Munster Blackwater and was rewarded with a lovely spring salmon, which was released. There are reports of 6 salmon from the River Lee last week. The Bandon has had no further fish since opening day and the Laune has been very quiet as water levels are low. Lough Currane, the Butler’s Pool and River Inny were frozen in places so the anglers there took it as a sign to rest their rods, though now and then there was the odd visitor to the water.  There were two springers from Delphi in the last couple of days as the snow melted away which, along with some rain, made for perfect water levels on the river. The Drowes also reported good water levels in the last week. The fishery saw less snow than many other parts of the country, but angler numbers were down and just one fish was reported.

Brown trout

Nicky Moore with an opening day River Liffey brown trout which wins him Catch of the Week. #CPRsavesfish

A number of trout rivers opened on March 1st. Most saw little or no action but, despite the snow, Nicky Moore was out on the Liffey to catch and release a few brownies. Nicky wins Catch of the Week for his efforts. John Higgins reports hatches of Dark Olives on the river in recent days and the trout were moving to them. There were anglers out on the Fane too already this season.  The conditions were tough as snow melt made for very cold water and sluggish trout, though blanks were avoided so far.

Before the weather turned bad, the Lough Gowna and Upper Erne Anglers Association fished the Edward Shiels Memorial on Lough Gowna. Trevor Simpson had the biggest pike weighing 13lb 5ozs, but Timmy Fitzpatrick was winner on the day.

Congratulations to John Taggart for winning the East Belfast CAC Winter League for the second year running. This well attended league was largely fished on the River Bann where some super fishing was had in the early rounds, but the conditions became harder towards the end.

There will be a frosty start to tomorrow but the outlook from Met Eireann is for temperatures rising to normal or above normal values this weekend. It will be cold on Friday night with sleet over Ulster and heavy rain elsewhere. Saturday and Sunday may see temperatures rise to 12C, but it will get a bit cooler again in the early part of next week.  Whatever you’re into, it sounds like a good weekend to go fishing…

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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