Rob Love, Fishery Manager, while not exactly wishing for this glorious weather to end is hoping that some kind of happy medium can be arranged with Mother Nature – he feels that slightly reduced temperatures and a wee drop of rain would be just the ticket….

The Rye Water has seen very little activity over the last week which is hardly surprising as day time fishing is very difficult with the current conditions of low, clear water.

Thankfully in the evenings there is a better chance of a fish or two as given the high temperatures there are fantastic hatches of various sedge.

Club member Declan Doyle with a good fish from the Rye Water last Friday.
Club member Declan Doyle with a good fish from the Rye Water last Friday.

Last Friday evening a club member Declan Doyle and I fished the Rye Lake without any success.  We tried a few different patterns – sedge included as there was quite a large hatch on the water however rises were more or less non existent.  Fishing wet also drew a blank so just as the light was fading we moved to the river below the Salmon weir.  Here we both had success – Declan on a Moser Balloon Caddis while I was using a simple fly I tie up myself, a CDC & Elk.  As the river was very low the fish were more inclined to run, stripping line off the reel – most exciting stuff.

The fish were in great condition although given the higher water temperatures took a good deal longer to recover before being released.

It’s a similar story on the Sheet of Water (our stocked lake) where daytime fishing can be patchy but excellent in the evening.  As well as sedge patterns buzzers work well as can lures such as Woolly Buggers or damsels.

The Sheet of Water is a more forgiving stretch of water to fish than the Rye which can be quite demanding.  It is perhaps more suited to the beginner / improving angler and it is far more sheltered than the Rye Lake which helps with anyone brushing up on casting technique.  Fishing on the Sheet of Water is only permitted when with a guide.

Go fishing…

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

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