The Rainbows on the Sheet of Water have been little fished over the last week which is a pity really as attention has now switched to the river.

There is the possibility of some cracking fishing here over the next couple of weeks – just before the river truly comes on song.  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 conditions.

Several types of fly are working well with the more typical ‘rainbow flies’ at the top of the list.  Also worth a try are more traditional nymph patterns such as GRHE and Goldheads.  Fishing just below or on the surface is also worth a go as fish have been seen to feed at this depth over the last week or two – especially around the ‘Milder’ hours of noon to late lunchtime.

A nice Rainbow caught with a Goldhead on the Sheet of Water.
A nice Rainbow caught with a Goldhead on the Sheet of Water.

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

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 6 hour 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.