Rob Love from Carton House Fisheries reports that the Rye Lake has seen a little bit more in the form of fishing activity in the last week. Several good fish have been landed – even though conditions have been difficult with unbroken skies and easterly winds.

Muddler minnow and even pike flies which imitate smaller fish such as roach and perch have been successful.

Even though there have been some superb hatches of sedge late in the evening the trout still are reluctant to feed on the surface.

Morne Hechter with a superb brownie caught on the Rye Lake
Morne Hechter with a superb brownie caught on the Rye Lake


The Sheet of Water

Fishing on the Sheet of Water is very good at present and offers an excellent contrast to the demanding fishing on the Rye Water. Buzzers or goldheads are producing the goods throughout the daylight hours but in the evening just as the light is fading the Sedge fishing is really great fun with rises a plenty. As with the Rye a size 14 CDC & Elk skated or twitched across the surface can offer superb sport.


Phillip Hechter with a small rainbow caught on a buzzer.
Phillip Hechter with a small rainbow caught on a buzzer.


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.