Rob Love, Fishery Manager at Carton House Fishery near Maynooth reports on fishing on the Rye Water and in the “The Sheet Water fishery” on the estate.
Carton House Fishery report 21/06/12
While recent flood waters have made the Liffey (where Carton House has access to some of the more productive beats) largely unfishable there is hope that the latest forecast will come through and weather conditions will settle down in the early days of next week. If this comes to pass then I am hopeful water levels will return to a more manageable level and the superb conditions encountered (the fishing was excellent as the photo below will testify to) just over a week ago will return.
Fish were particularly responsive to a Hares ear nymph with rubber legs, this pattern was also weighted with lead on the hook shank.
The Rye Water meanwhile has been running at a wonderful level for the last week or two, less affected by floods than the Liffey it has seen superb hatches of Sedges and nymph fishing has also been very productive with small a flashback PTN working very well. To make the mouth water even further several fish in the 3lb + size range have been spotted on the river over the last few days.
Our stocked lake ‘The Sheet Water’ has been very lightly fished over the last week with both Rainbows and Brownies tricked by the usual Goldheads, Blobs and Boobies. The Rainbows in particular have been taking off like the clappers – screaming reels being the order of the day.
Derek Evans of Irish Times fame was a recent visitor to Carton enjoying some fishing on the Rye Water pictured below.