6th – 13th April: The weather and the fishing has taken a dive over this last week, winds are still in a Northerly direction with Frosts early morning.
Peter was still braving the elements and has tried all his usual haunts with very little to show in the way of Fish.
Chris and Cousin Phillip, who has been on a few days break, have been fishing down the river and have struggled throughout even on the Canal, which was switched off apart for a pair of Kingfishers feeding to which Chris spent hours under the camouflage net armed with the video camera on the 12 th only to be spotted by them and they cleared off.


Canal Kingfisher
Canal Kingfisher


Today, the two of them have been glued to Malady’s determined to have the best of what has been the clearest day this week. Peter was out searching for a pond near Strokestown after hearing of Bream being taken in large amounts, he spent a few hours there but without a bite before joining the boys down at Maladys.
Other venues have been very disappointing. I have seen Anglers travelling around but have failed to talk to them for now. On the wildlife front the River Inny has got its first Swallows collecting water from the River and the odd House Martin, Chris and Phil saw a Silver Washed Fritillary go past them as well.
Lainsbourgh is enjoying isolated catches in the Hot Water Stretch with some good Tench and the odd Bream.


A weighty bag of mixed fish
A weighty bag of mixed fish


As I write there’s a Large Shower of Hail which has transformed the landscape viewed from my window and a telephone call from the boys down on the bank to bring Tea and a Hot Water Bottle ( I will ) !!! Their Keepnet and brollies were covered in hail and ice.
Brian Cooke from Dublin was down at Maladys and suffered with a smattering of small Roach and after a few hours of that he popped in for a chat and a cup of tea. John Wilson was also on to us and has updated his website which can be found at: johnjwilsonfishing
Breaking News: Late evening today saw lots of fish moving their way up the river.
John Coles