Carton House fishery report 4th July 2013 from Rob Love:

Carton House fishery has reopened after hosting the Irish Open golf tournament.  Fishing over the last week on the estate has been excellent with quite prolific hatches of Sedge on any milder evenings.

Malcolm McLagan and Rob Love with a group of interested spectators during the Irish Open

The Rye Water continues to fish well, particularly in the evenings when fish are a little less wary of an anglers presence.  Sedge patterns are certainly worth trying late on as are spinner patterns such as Sherry Spinners.  Daytime fishing can be patchy but upstream nymphing can be productive as can fishing a nondescript dry fly such as a Griffiths Gnat or black F fly.

French golfer Victor DuBisson prior to fishing the Rye Water last week.

The Rye Lake has fished very well with both sedge patterns in the evening and patterns along the lines of Woolly Buggers or Minkies during the day.  Actually my own preference is a Woolly Bugger as although Minkies can provide some very exciting fishing quite a number of fish come short on such a pattern or indeed fish can miss the fly completely.

Our rainbow stocked lake – the Sheet of Water has seen less activity than either the river or lake in the last week.  Daytime fishing can be a little patchy – particularly so in bright conditions, however evening fishing can be very good.  Buzzers would appear to be top of the menu but fish are keen to feed on the surface in the evening if there is a worthwhile (to them) hatch of sedge.

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.

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.