The Sheet of water has had little angling activity over the last week – strangely enough fishing over the last while has been a little slower than when we were stuck in the winter like conditions of March.

With a fresh stock of fish due within the next few days fishing should really be smashing.

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.

A nice little Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water on Sunday.
A nice little Rainbow caught on the Sheet of Water on Sunday.

Several types of fly are working well with the more typical ‘rainbow flies’ at the top of the list.   The more successful flies at the moment are in orange fritz or pink fritz.  Also worth a try are more traditional nymph patterns such as GRHE and Goldheads.

Rob Love
Carton House Fishery

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If you have any queries about fishing at Carton House please contact Guest Relations on (01) 5052000 or me on 087
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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.

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.