Access to the Rye Lake has been limited over the last week as the European Tour have been setting up a tented village by the boathouse in advance of the Irish Open.  With very much restricted access over the next few weeks it is probably better to consider this area as closed to fishing until the start of July.

The prospect of evening Sedge fishing at that stage has me for one, tying Sedge patterns such as Elk Hair Caddis and CDC & Elk like a man possessed. When access is less restricted I will be in a better position to provide accurate reports on the fishing on this lovely stretch of water.

The Sheet of Water

rainbow trout
rainbow trout

As mentioned in the last few reports, fishing on the Sheet of Water has been excellent over the last few weeks.  Both daytime and particularly evening fishing have seen quite a number of fine fish caught. Buzzers, Blobs, Fritz, Goldheads and in the evening Sedge patterns have worked very well.

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.

More about the fishery

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.