On Sunday afternoon last Peter Gleeson, angling journalist with the Nenagh Guardian, travelled by camper van with a friend for an overnight stay on the shores of Lough Lene in Co Westmeath.  They got a great welcome from the local club chairman, Tom Fagan, who runs a marvellous brown and rainbow fishery and despite temperatures in the high 20s, there were plenty of trout moving…

We fished from for a few hours but failed to get near any of the free rising trout in dead calm conditions. Sad to say, my poor casting ability in no-wind conditions let me down. That night it was hard to sleep in the camper van when all we could hear throughout the small hours was the sucking and plopping of active fish close to the shore outside.

Lough Lene in the summer heat still fishing well
Lough Lene in the summer heat still fishing well

Next morning we were on the lake at 6am. The sun was already well up in the sky, the lake was like glass and fish were rising all over the place. I had one trout on a size 14 shuttlecock before breakfast and throughout the day we had great sport, landing a total of six good rainbow trout to 4lbs (one kept for the pot) and losing many more.

We caught virtually all our fish on buzzers fished on fluorocarbon leaders of around 20 feet. Most of the fish succumbed to the dry buzzers we had on our top droppers and the rest to the epoxy variety we had on the second dropper and point.

I always love going to Lene, especially when I can fish dries in a corduroy ripple.  It’s a lake that seldom disappoints and Tom Fagan is always around to give sound advice on tactics. That’s why I go back there again and again.

Lough Lene fished well despite the heat
Lough Lene fished well despite the heat