Rob Love from Carton House reports that anglers on the Rye over the last week have described the fishing as highly challenging.  The river is running low and clear and as a consequence trout are spooked very easily.  Some areas can be approached with normal care but there are pools which really have to be approached on hands and knees – excessive false casting will also send any fish darting for cover.  Having said that, during the evening time these demanding pools can offer some very good sport – usually by skating sedge from upstream just as light is fading.

Speaking of sedge (a friend of mine David Francis once thought I was like a sales rep for them so much did I like this form of fishing) there has been superb hatches in the afternoons and evenings.  A size 14 CDC & Elk or Elk hair caddis with darkish body seems to be very much in vogue with Mr Trout at the moment.

While daytime fishing is more demanding it is worthwhile trying spider patterns or nymphs through any faster runs or riffles.  Flies such as PTN, Hares Ear, Waterhen Bloa or Partridge & Orange all dressed small are successful.

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 www.cartonhouse.com

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.