The Rye Lake has been very quiet over the last week with very little in the form of surface activity.

Strangely enough, unlike the Rye Water hatches of Sedge late in the evening have not brought on a rise.  If the weather conditions continue in a similar vein I am hopeful that it is only a matter of time before the fish begin to switch to surface feeding where it is easier to target them.

The Sheet of Water

As mentioned in earlier reports the evening fishing on the Sheet of Water has been excellent with large hatches of Sedge and the surface towards dark resembling a Jacuzzi as one angler put it.  Daytime fishing is also quite good with orange or dark green / black buzzer patterns fishing well.

A nice small rainbow caught with a Buzzer pattern on the Sheet of Water
A nice small rainbow caught with a Buzzer pattern on the Sheet of Water

It is an excellent spot to get some casting practice in as there is little fear of back casts becoming snagged etc and it is quite sheltered even in the most unfavourable of conditions.

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.

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

A day 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.