Damien Willis opens our eyes to the beauty of Co. Cavan, the Lakes, the rivers and especially the fish. An experienced man when it comes to this area, Damien reports:
Cavan has a well earned reputation for one of Ireland’s premier angling locations. There are many fine game and coarse angling river stretches and wild brown tout fisheries. The fisheries in County Cavan comprise of major river systems and their associated lakes. Many opportunies exist for the specialist angler. In West Cavan, the mighty river Shannon begins in journey from the Cuilcagh mountains. Its main tribuary, the river Inny flows from Lough Sheelin which is world famous for its hard fighting wild brown trout and is far one of the best fisheries in Europe.
There are good hatches of Duck Fly along with some Olives early in the season which opens on March 1st. May fly hatches occur weather permitting from the middle of May and will often continue into late June. If the weather conditions are favourable some superb spent gnat fishing can be enjoyed late into the evening. In late July to September evening fly fishing with a rail of sedge patterns produce the best fish. A Shannon region Inland Fisheries permit is required to fish Lough Sheelin which can be purchased locally at the Crover House Hotel, Mountnugent or on line from Inland Fisheries Ireland. A comprehensive set of angling rules is given with every permit.
Every trout fishery Varies. Trout, especially Lough Sheelin trout can be extremely elusive. If you have not fished Lough Sheelin before choosing a guide can be a great advantage to an angler especially a guide who knows the trout in that particular lake. Everything differs by area; when to fish, what gear to use, how to cast, when to cast and what fly to use and so on. Choosing a good guide can be difficult. The main factor to consider is how long they’ve been in the angling guide business. Generally the longer a service has been in the area, the better the ghillie’s will be. The guides that have a well established presence in a particular area are the ones you should choose. Also full-time ghillie’s are generally better. These lad’s or ladies are more experienced. They spend as much of their lives as possible out fishing, and this experience can help you land the fish of your dreams. That’s not to say that all part-time ghillie’s are bad, but they are more likely to be hit-or-miss. If you want a great ghillie, not just a good ghillie; take your time and do some homework.