Simon Ashe reports from Ballynahinch Castle Fishery – week ended 28th June 2013

Great Numbers of Grilse at Ballynahinch 

Fishing at Ballynahinch over the past 2 weeks has been very fruitful with large numbers of good-sized grilse and sea trout arriving on every tide.  The water levels have been near-perfect and our fishermen have enjoyed good success for both salmon and trout.  The general consensus from around the country is that the 2013 grilse run appears to be quite strong with large catches being reported from the Moy and Galway Weir.  Let’s hope that this run is sustained throughout July.

Sna Beg has been our most productive beat with Roseanne O’Grady-Walshe, Stephen Cullinane, Des Lally, Jonathan Broderick and Sean Ryan all having success there over the past few days.  Ann Corcoran took a beautiful 6lb fish from Beat 4 on 26th whilst, yesterday local angler, Ulrich Treusch, took a 5lb liced grilse from the stream of Beat 1.

The old reliables such as Beats 1 & 4/5 are filling up with more resident fish every day and we are anticipating some great fishing over the coming weeks.  Ironically, we are hoping for a fairly dry July as this means that grilse and sea trout move more slowly through the system giving our anglers greater opportunities.

It is encouraging to see so many sea trout passing through the counter on a daily basis with a good proportion of these fish being 2lbs and more.  We have yet to have great success on the sea trout front, however, it normally takes a week or two after their first arrival before they get settled and show any real interest in the fly!  Between ourselves and Lough Inagh, I believe 2013 will be another great sea trout year.

Those anglers who specifically targeting sea trout are having good success especially in the evening for those willing to brave the Connemara midge!

Fishing Reservations for 2013

We still have some space on the fishery over the next 2 weeks for both salmon and sea trout.   Please contact hotel reception for availability


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