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Irish Angling Update – 16 March 2018

March 16th, 2018 | by

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Give fly fishing a try… Two day event for women interested in fly fishing

It looked like spring had sprung, but it will be put firmly back in its box this weekend! There were some good reports from a number of salmon fisheries around Ireland in the last seven days, and charter boats made a return to the sea. Coarse anglers had some great fishing on Lough Erne but trout and pike anglers were a little quiet in the last week…

There was another springer landed on the Munster Blackwater this week, but serious rain saw the levels jump by almost 3m on Wednesday night. It has since dropped by about 1.5m but the river is still high. Anglers on the Bandon enjoyed good conditions for the most part, but no fish were reported. Salmon were seen running the Laune all last week and one fish was caught and released and another lost after the angler was taken down to the backing.  There were a few salmon landed on Lough Currane but conditions deteriorated over the weekend and there has been nothing to report since. James Allman took the honours of catching the first salmon of the year on the Feale on March 5th. A few more salmon were caught over the weekend including one smashing fish of 16lb. Fishery manager Nigel Rush was in touch to report on the Kylemore Abbey Fishery’s first salmon of 2018. The fish came off the Dawros River, and was landed by regular angler Geoffrey Fitzjohn from Tullywee Bridge Pool on a size 10 Black Shrimp, and weighed 8.25lbs. Carrowmore Lake was another fishery that saw its first fish of the season and the Clongee Fishery on the Moy also had its first of the this year. The Drowes was a river that enjoyed good conditions last week and 6 fish were met, 3 landed and 3 lost.

Trout reports are thin on the ground. Conditions have not been ideal for lake fishing and many rivers are yet to open. St Patrick’s Day should see a number of anglers make their way to the river bank, but given the forecast many might not fish!

There was a decent hybrid caught at O’Briensbridge in the Team of Four League at the weekend, but in general fishing was tough with gin clear water. Alberts Lock had catches to over 20lb a little over a week ago, but catches on Wednesday fell to half that. Local feeling is that the bigger fish are moving off to their spawning grounds. At Carysbridge on Lough Erne the local winter league saw some incredible fishing with catches to 27.250kg recorded as the feeder worked well for skimmers, roach and hybrids.


This huge trout took a pike lure on Blessington to win Frank Turner Catch of the Week

Some parts of the country enjoyed milder conditions over the weekend so it’s a surprise there are not more pike reports. The only news we have was from a cold looking Butlersbridge where fishing was described as tough at an IFPAC Stewards Qualifier as mostly jacks were caught. There was a super trout caught by a pike angler on Blessington. Frank Turner had the fish on a favourite plug and his fish wins Catch of the Week.

Charter boats in Wicklow, Clare and Galway all made it out on the water in the last week. It was all pollack and coalfish for the west coast boats but on the east coast spurdogs and rays were the target.

In other news the Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association is offering a two day taster event for women interested in learning how to fly-fish.  The event will be held on the 24th and 25th March at the Oaks Fishery, 14 Judges Road, Enagh, Derry/Londonderry.  This will be followed in a month’s time by their first trial of the year at Tildarg Fishery, near Ballyclare, Co Antrim on Sunday 22 April.

Weather warning

Status Yellow: Advance warning for cold weather this weekend with low-temperatures, snow-showers, snow-accumulation mainly Saturday night and Sunday.

Met Eireann tell us that St. Patrick’s Day will be a cold and windy day that will continue to get colder through the day as scattered showers progressively turn more wintry. Highs of only 1 to 3C in the eastern half of the country, 4 to 6C in the west. Blustery easterly winds will add a significant wind chill. If that wasn’t enough it’s going to get very cold on Saturday night, down to -4C with a sharp frost. It will be very cold on Sunday with scattered wintry showers becoming more widespread for a time before dying out later. Northeast to east winds will continue fresh to strong adding a wind chill to the afternoon temperatures of just 1 to 4C. Sunday night will see temperatures fall again -4C and Monday will be cold but mostly dry with just the odd wintry flurry. Remaining very cold for the week with scattered wintry showers becoming isolated and then mostly dry as high pressure builds over Ireland. It’s not what you wanted to hear but you have to roll with it sometimes, pull on the layers and just get out to the water’s edge…

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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