Yippee – summer seems to have made an appearance at long last.  The last week has seen higher temperatures and increased insect activity as a result.

Sedge are in abundance on any milder evenings and a small brown imitation (size 14 / 16) is certainly worth considering in the evenings.

Spider patterns fished in the surface film are also fishing well – especially flies such as Waterhen Bloa and Partridge and Orange.

Ryewater trout
Ryewater trout

During any quieter periods nymphs such as Copper Johns, PTN’s and Hares Ears are worth fishing through any of the faster runs or riffles.

The River is running clear at present so a fair degree of stealth is required when approaching pools and fishing.  Some of the pools require an almost Ninja like approach and casts really have to be kept to a minimum.

Floating lines of 4 or 5 weight are ideal – anything heavier can tend to spook the beautifully marked resident brownies.  Fishing is strictly by fly only and all fish caught must be returned.

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.