Last week Michael Flanagan brought Owen McTeggart and pal Val Wynne from Dundalk out for a few days fly-fishing on Lough Lene…

The lads are retired from Guinness Brewery, and were staying in the splendid Hotel Castlepollard. The plan was to catch a few trout on the fly, and they certainly did the business. Val is a fresh 76 years old, and Owen, who delivered all across Westmeath for Guinness, is tipping the scales at 74. We had a magical few days and they are coming back to Westmeath before our trout season finishes.

Owen mcTeggart of Dundalk Salmon Angling chilling out on Lene.
Owen McTeggart of Dundalk Salmon Angling chilling out on Lene.

They did say they are going to bring an Old Friend, and this was an eye opening as the lads are no spring Chickens. Mind you they told me they are putting me in for Carers Allowances next time in Town. What a pair of characters! And they had a fantastic time in the Midlands. We fished from early evening till dark, and caught some super trout, best a cracker at 4.8lbs. During day light hours the lads ventured into Mullingar, and Owen dropped in to see some of his pals in Mullingar.

Canal trout

I received an interesting photograph of a trout in the Royal Canal along the town stretch. Sharp-eyed Mullingar Coarse Angling Club member Bob McDermott caught the fish on camera, as he checked a few stretches along the Canal. Unfortunately the image is a bit dark there’s no point in displaying it here. Over the years I have caught a few trout in the canal, and Supply, plus some years back a salmon was caught at the Harbour Bridge. I always said you never know what’s lurking in our waterways.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling



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