Due to the strong winds and cold temperatures there was very little angling activity on Lough na Leibe this week. There were a few brave souls out in search of trout with most managing a fish or two. There were a total of 40 trout reported by anglers for the week including 16 trout caught in the dry fly fishing competition held on Sunday the 8th April, see report below. Club member Dave Cadman managed 9 trout for the week. Colm Walsh managed 12 trout on Sunday the 8th April. This included one fantastic Brown trout of over 3lbs. 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, Hawthorn F-Fly and Black Gnat all fished static:  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.

Fishing report for Lough na Leibe Dry Flyfishing Competition 08/04/12.

 The CDC Cup sponsored by Colm Walsh, the first trophy of the season was up for grabs on Lough na Leibe on Sunday 08th April and despite the windy, wet and cold conditions a few hardy souls braved the water in search of glory, Even with the poor weather the fish were still feeding hard up in the surface. There was a great hatch of duckfly, black gnat,Hawthorne fly, the fish were feeding hard on the black gnat & Hawthorne fly that were been blown on to the water by the North Western wind. They were also feeding on duck fly.

The competition got under way at 12:00 midday and the 2011 evening league winner Tommy Lynch was quick off the mark landing 3 and losing 1 trout in play in the first 30mins to take the lead of the competition. Francis Brady who has been in fine form in competitions so far this season was not to be outdone and over the next hour landed the next 4 trout to edge into a slender lead. John Presley then opened his account for the season with the next fish of the competition to move into third place. During the next 40mins John, Francis and Tommy all landed one trout each to leave the scores at Francis 5 trout, Tommy 4 trout and John 2 trout. The second trout John caught was to prove the biggest of the day at 1lb 9 ozs, a nice trout indeed. During the last 2 hours of competition Tommy caught 1 more trout and lost 2 in play moving onto 5 trout caught, however it was not to be Tommy’s day. Francis landed 4 trout and lost 2 in play to move onto 9 trout caught and with great delight retained his crown of Lough na Leibe Dry fly fishing champion for 2012. Congratulations Francis on another fine fly fishing display.

The results from the dry fly competition were.

1st Francis Brady with 9 fish total weight of 7 lbs 6ozs; 

2nd Tommy Lynch with 5 fish total weight of 3lbs 1ozs.

3rd John Presley with 2 fish total weight of 2lbs 1ozs.

Lough na Leibe angling rules

Bag limit of 2 Trout per angler per day.

Flyfishing, Worm fishing with float only (no legering)  and Spinnig are only permitted methods of fishing.

No Maggots, Shrimps or any other baits to be used.

Absolutely no ground baiting allowed.

Tight Lines

Martin Lawrence

Public Relations Officer

Ballymote & District Angling Club.