Dermot Page reports that there has been some great fishing at Rathcon recently with some good bags and double figure fishing providing plenty of thrills…

01 February: Great fishing last weekend with plenty of big fish on the move. Noel Shields had 16 fish, one of which was well into double figures and both Ger Fogarty and Aidan Heffernan landed double figure fish.

Rainbow trout
Aidan Heffernan landed this beauty last Sunday

The Alan Lawless winter league heat was held today. 14 anglers landed 39 fish, the biggest was 61 cm. Marius Lincevicius was top rod with 7 fish followed by Joe Winder also with 7 and Peter Driver with 5.

The final of the Southside winter league will be held on the Sunday the 8th and the final qualifier for the Rathcon Winter League will be on Sunday the 15th.

Match the Hatch at Rathcon

Match the Hatch – with Ken Whelan & Jason O’Riordan – is an intensive one day course learn how to:

  • Fish imitative flies with success
  • Insect / invertebrate Identification
  • Select flies to match the trout’s diet
  • Sample the insects from your local water

The second in the series of these one day courses will be held on Sunday, 1st March here at Rathcon Fishery, Grangecon, Co Wicklow .

Course format

Phase 1: (Classroom) – slides and images as an introduction to small still water entomology, including images of what we may find in the lake. A summary of the various life cycles (including fry) and the sequence of insect hatches throughout the season.

Phase 2:  (Classroom) – going through the fly boxes and linking the imitations with the natural animals. Emphasis will be placed on how the insects (aquatic and terrestrial), crustaceans / snails move and how the flies move in the water and at what depth. A description of relevant techniques.


Phase 3:  collecting and sorting the natural invertebrates into groups along the lake shore – a great emphasis will again be placed on how the various creatures move, at the key stages in their life cycle.

Phase 4: angling approaches, gear, display of still water tackle, techniques and leader set ups – trying out the various techniques – if you catch a fish or two for us, we will carry out a lake-side autopsy.
Hope to see you on the course!
Dermot Page,

Go fishing…

Rathcon Lake is 8.5 acres and is stocked with top quality rainbow trout. The lake is fly fishing only and designed to allow maximum fishing so that 90% of the water can be covered. The average depth is 10ft with deep holes of up to 20ft in places. The fishery is open all year round and is home to a wide range of fly life, in particular buzzers, sedges, hawthorn and daddylonglegs, all providing excellent dry fly fishing, especially in the summer evenings.

Phone: 086 829 2309

Email: [email protected]