The Rye Water has seen very little activity over the last week which is a pity as there have been fantastic hatches of Iron Blue Duns.

Trout have been feeding avidly at the surface during any of the prolonged hatches & it would be worthwhile putting a few size 16/18 patterns in your fly box.

During any quieter periods nymphs such as Copper Johns, PTN’s and Hares Ears are worth fishing through any of the faster runs or riffles.

A nicely marked brownie caught on the Rye Water in the last few days.
A nicely marked brownie caught on the Rye Water in the last few days.

The River is running clear at present so a fair degree of stealth is required when approaching pools and fishing – casts really have to be kept to a minimum.

The cold weather we have experienced has not hampered hatches in the least however over the next few days Met Eireann have forecast heavy rain with a strong possibility of flooding so while the weekend might be a right off, next week with water levels dropping and temperatures recovering (fingers crossed) fishing should be superb.

Floating lines of 4 or 5 weight are ideal – anything heavier can tend to spook the beautifully marked resident brownies.  Fishing is strictly by fly only and all fish caught must be returned.

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

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.