Joe Kenna of  Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association advises that congratulations are due to ITFFA National Chairman, Pat Foley on winning the National Challenge Trophy at the Irish Trout Fly Fishing Associations National Angling Championship. Monaghan angler Pat who has represented Ireland and Ulster on many occasions won this prestigious trophy with two beautiful trout for 2.145 kg.

L to R - Dr TW Waldron, Mr Pat Foley and Mr Michael Callaghan
L to R - Dr TW Waldron, Mr Pat Foley and Mr Michael Callaghan

This competition was hosted by Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association and took place on Saturday 8th June 2013. Fishing conditions were extremely difficult with blinding sunshine, temperatures in the mid twenties and little or no wind. Angling conditions such as these always require great skill and stamina and always impact negatively on fish returns, however despite the conditions 37 of the 128 competitors managed to return 45 quality trout which is testament to the type of quality trout fishing that Lough Owel can consistently provide. The Deacy Cup for the heaviest fish of the competition went to Tony Murphy with an impressive trout of 1.235 kg and the McBride Cup for the best female angler went to Dorrie Gibbons.

Other successful anglers who also managed to exceed the cut off weight of 1.230 kg include Eamonn Gavin (Cornamona), Paddy Ward (Inny Anglers), Barry Fox (Ballina Cloghans), Gary Smith (Bangor), Gerry Heaslip (Dublin Trout Anglers), Ben Browne (Wicklow), Gary Binley (Ballina Cloghans), Tony Murphy (Owenabue) and John Brennan (Silverstream). These anglers will represent Ireland at the 2014 International Fly Fishing Association (IFFA) International Match. We wish these anglers all the very best of luck as they prepare to represent their country.

This result is testament to the reputation that Lough Owel has earned as an excellent brown trout fishery and ITFFA would like to commend the committee of Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association and Inland Fisheries Ireland for their ongoing efforts to improve the angling amenity.

The mayfly and olives have been joined by the daddies and it won’t be long before the famous Green Peter arrives to Lough Owel. This lake is well worth a visit and anglers should consider pulling a team of wet flies comprising of at least one fry pattern when conditions suit. On calmer days and evenings try some top of the water fishing with klinkhammers, daddies, olives and various sedge patterns.

Joe Keena
Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association