Angling guide Marc O’Regan reports on some wonderful fly fishing for trout and pike in the past six weeks on a variety of waters.


Professor Richard Hoffman from Toronto with a great pike taken on fly, while fishing with angling guide Marc O'Regan

Pike and trout on the fly has been excellent April / May 2012
From the middle of April to the end of May both trout and pike fishing has been excellent to the fly. Due to a very protracted period of spawning caused by low water levels in March and high temperatures in April pike were in shallow waters for long periods. On most of the lakes I fished spawning beds were dry and this forced the hens to stay out in the bays bringing good quality fish well within fly range. The difficulty of course was that there were many eager and frustrated jacks about, protecting as it were their larger enigmatic co specifics. North Easterly was the dominant wind throughout the entire period and this brought the water temperature down which benefitted not so much the pike but the trout, I mean from a fishing perspective.
Another regular French visitor, Professor Martin Collet from Paris with a lovely fly caught pike

The May fly looked as if it would be early on the mid-land lakes and the experts were predicting heavy hatches in the 1st week of May. Not so, it was the 10th before Danica got into full swing and everything else is history. The Spring International was staged on Sheelin and the results were staggering of course Ireland taking gold was fantastic but the trout were to.
Regular English visitor Bill Holmes (who is wearing a lifejacket) with a great trout on Lough Ree

Guests from France, America, Canada and England recorded personal bests on pike and trout in addition to high daily catch rates. The back end looks very promising indeed.
Marc O’Regan
Guide and Instructor for salmon, trout and pike fishing.
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