While there has been little angling activity over the last week conditions on the Sheet of Water are pretty much ideal at the moment with excellent water clarity and water temperatures just a little bit below normal for this time of year.

A nice Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water.
A nice Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water.

Several types of fly are working well with the more typical ‘rainbow flies’ at the top of the list.  Also worth a try are more traditional nymph patterns such as GRHE and Goldheads.  Fishing just below or on the surface is also worth a go as fish have been seen to feed at this depth over the last week or two – especially around the milder hours of noon to late lunchtime.

Rob Love
Carton House Fishery

If you have any queries about fishing at Carton House please contact Guest Relations on (01) 5052000 or me on 087
1947811.  You can also see the other activities on offer at Carton House by checking the Carton House website www.cartonhouse.com

Typical river set up’s are perfect as the water is not particularly deep – a 5wt rod being perfectly adequate.

Fishing / watercraft lessons can also be arranged on this stretch of water.  Included in the price for a lesson is the hire of a rod, reel, line and flies for anyone new to the sport.

A 6 hour permit is €50.  Anglers should note that this means they can fish for pike on the Rye Lake, trout on the Rye Lake, trout on the Rye Water and trout on the Sheet of Water (all fly only) in this timeframe – so if one is not working the other might.

Tickets / permits should be purchased at the hotel main reception prior to fishing.  Parking is at the boathouse on the lake.  Please respect the wishes of golfers and stay off greens and Tee areas as they can become badly cut up when fishing activity takes place on them.