Opening Day 2012

The season is open for 2012 on Lough na Leibe. The first day of the new season was a bright but cold affair with a strong southerly wind. Four anglers took to the water for opening day, Bernard McDermott (2011 Lough na Leibe Flyfishing Champion), Francis Brady(2011 Dry flyfishing winner), Tommy Lynch (2011 Evening League Winner) and Anthony Walsh. Although conditions were far from ideal these hardy souls persevered and three of them  managed an opening day fish, so well done lads. Those to catch on the day were Bernard, Francis and Tommy, the three competition winners from 2011 all out to lay down a marker for 2012 no doubt!!! The successful patterns on the day were the Orange Nomad and the Rubber -legged Mouse. If you’re going fishing and you don’t have any of these patterns, try nymphs such as Gold Ribbed Hares Ear and Pheasent Tail Nymph  size 12 or 14, or small wet flies such as Sooty Olive hackled wet fly or Duckfly emerger, all of these should be fished on floating line with a slow figure of 8 retrieve. For anyone new to angling, if you’re going fishing let someone know where, when and what time you expect to be back.

Tight lines for the season to come,

Martin Lawrence