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Irish Angling Update – 6 April 2018

April 6th, 2018 | by

Lough Derriana

Laethanta na bo riabhacha is an old Irish “piseog”, or saying, translating as the days of the brindled cow, and relating to the first week of April. It refers to hard winters, that continue on well into spring. Traditionally, cattle would have been out in the fields by now, enjoying the first flush of nutritious new grass, but the legend goes that the brindled cow, feeling peeved at the long winter, grumbled so much to her bovine friends that March took grave offence, and borrowed a few days off April to finish off the brindled cow with more cold weather and no new grass. Well this week certainly felt like that, with cold easterly winds and night frosts lending more of a feel of winter to the air.

Despite the Arctic chill, fish were doing their best to provide entertainment, and there is a lot of good sport to report.

 

Duckfly hatches have been getting going on Lough Corrib, where some fine trout have been reported. Trout fishing has also improved on Sheelin, with good fishing reported from the Midland lakes of Owel, Lene and Derravaragh. Milder weather forecast from tomorrow should bring hatches on further and bring more anglers back to the water.

 

A well-fed Corrib wild brown trout caught this week (C&R, photo Larry McCarthy)

A well-fed Corrib wild brown trout caught this week (C&R, photo Larry McCarthy)

 

Spring salmon continue to run the Drowes in good numbers, with fish caught almost every day, while salmon fishing on the Moy was very good, with some fine fish caught by anglers. Lough Currane continues to produce springers, although the first sea trout have yet to appear, and some nice fish were taken on the River Feale also.

 

John O’Connell with a fine 14.5 lbs Moy spring salmon

John O’Connell with a fine 14.5 lbs Moy spring salmon

 

Some nice pike are coming off the Shannon too, with deadbaits and lures working.

Wayne Kenny with his 106cm Longford pike

Wayne Kenny with his 106cm Longford pike

 

John Fleming’s crew had a spectacular day of specimen spurdog fishing on Saturday, with 16 specimen fish recorded (all measured released), and sea anglers are gearing up at the moment for warmer days and the return of many species to our waters.

 

A treble shot of specimens! Owen Trill, Paddy O'Farrell and Stuart Regan had a triple hook-up and this was the result!

A treble shot of specimens! Owen Trill, Paddy O’Farrell and Stuart Regan had a triple hook-up and this was the result!

 

And now the weather..

We are currently experiencing heavy rain around the country, which will impact on most rivers, but the weather is set to improve from Saturday, with sunny spells and showers and milder temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees in light breezes. It sounds positively spring-like!

The early days of next week continue the milder trend, with air temps of 9-14C, which should see things improve significantly over recent weeks. And hopefully the brindled cow has survived!

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

Kevin Crowley
Catch, Photo, Release

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