The Sheet of Water

Fishing on the Sheet of Water has been slow over the last week. While there has been a little more in the form of angling activity the fish have been harder to tempt. Given the time of year, weather conditions and water temps this is hardly surprising. Hopefully over the next few weeks we should start to see an improvement in catch reports.

Water clarity is excellent at present and with no heavy rain forecast it should remain like this for the next week.

A small but beautifully marked Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water on Monday afternoon.
A small but beautifully marked Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water on Monday afternoon.

This is an ideal place for anglers to get their casting practice in before the season opens in the next few weeks as this is a stretch of water more resembling a river than lake.Typical river set up’s are perfect as the water is not particularly deep – a 5wt rod being perfectly adequate.

Anyone wondering what flies to pack for a trip should consider flies with a bit of ‘bling’ as well as more traditional patterns such as Hares ears. 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. Lessons are with a Carton House Guide and cost €50.

A 6 hour permit continues to be half price at €25. Anglers should note that this means they can fish for both Pike on the Rye Lake and Trout on the Sheet of Water (Fly only) in this timeframe – so if one is not working the other might. This offer is open until the start of the season on March 1st.

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.