Rob Love, Fishery Manager at Carton House Fishery reports:

The Rye Water

Season 1st March – 30th September

Despite the cold weather experienced over the last few weeks the Rye Water is starting to come on song.  While out fishing yesterday there was a fair to good hatch of Large Dark Olives from 12 -3.  Visiting angler Andrew Apostolik had some great sport with a size 14 flashback PTN and Hares ear of the same size.

Andrew Apostolik fishing on the Rye Water
Andrew Apostolik fishing on the Rye Water

The river is currently running low and clear.  A fair degree of stealth is recommended as clumsy or excessive casting can easily spook the fish.

At this stage the forecast suggests we are to lose the cold easterly winds and weather from the Atlantic is to dominate.  If this comes to pass then fishing should really be superb.

As already mentioned in the report both flashback PTN and Hares Ear are worth a try.

Floating lines of 3, 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.

Permits should be purchased at the hotel main reception (where maps are available) prior to fishing.  Parking is at the hotel car park or by the boathouse on the Rye Lake.

The Rye Lake

Fly fishing for both pike and trout is available on the Rye Lake.  Hopefully as temperatures recover and the Large Dark Olive begins to feature more and more the fishing should be splendid.

While fishing from the bank is an option the best way to cover this water is from the hotel Sheelin boat – this can be arranged through the hotel.

Please note that both trout and pike fishing are by fly only on this stretch of water from 1st March.

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.

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