The dropping temperatures during the course of the week didn’t dampen angler’s enthusiasm for a spot of fishing on Lough na Leibe. The fine hatches of duckfly continued with a few small lake olives making the occasional appearance. There were a total of 60 trout (57 returned) reported by 10 Club anglers, with a few over winter fish reported by anglers.

Tommy Lynch got the week off to a good start, catching 4 trout on Mon 26th and 5 trout on Tues 27th. Sat 31st and Sunday the 1st saw the bulk of the action for the week. Bernard McDermott caught 7 trout on Sat 31st and 6 trout on Sunday 1st. Bernard who decided to go specimen hunting, landed 2 excellent resident fish on Sunday 1st a Rainbow trout of approx. 2 ½ lb and a cracking Brown trout of approx.  3 ½ lb and also had one even bigger fish throw the hook in play. Francis Brady displaying all of the qualities which have seen him storm into an early lead in the Sunday fly fishing League caught 14 trout on Sunday 1st including a good resident Brown trout of about 2 ½ lb. Martin Lawrence also had a good day on Sunday  landing 8 trout which included 3 resident Rainbows 2 of approx 2lb and 1 approx 2 ½ lb, all on dry flies. Martin was particularly happy to go through a days fishing without him breaking one of his fly rods, which was a nice change.

Other anglers to report catches during the course of the week were Anthony Walsh, Eddie Harte, Dave Cadman, Pat Milmoe and Peter Walsh. So the season has gotten off to a wonderful start on Lough na Leibe and with the larger residents now starting to appear at regular intervals and the surface activity going well things should hopefully become very interesting indeed. As always if you have a catch to report please e-mail it to the Club email address available on the Club website.

Successful fly patterns were Dry Fly; Palomino Midge and F-Fly, Wet Fly and Nymph; small midge pupae patterns, small nymph patterns, buzzer patterns, emerging duckfly patterns and various lure patterns retrieved using a very slow figure of eight or fished static.

Competition Notice

The annual one day Dry fly competition for the Colm Walsh cup will take place on Sunday the 08/04/12. The competition will start at 12:00 sharp and ends at 17:00.

Please note only current paid up Club members over 18 years of age may enter this competition.

Martin Lawrence
Public Relations Officer
Ballymote & District Angling Club