Anglers on Lough Arrow enjoyed some good fishing over the past week and ventured out in good numbers particularly over the weekend. The early part of the week saw some bright sunshine with better conditions. However, towards the weekend rain and stronger southerly winds affected angling somewhat. Mayfly were hatching all week with falls of spent in suitable conditions.

Amongst the successful anglers were Simon Steel with a nice 3 lbs. 5 oz. trout on a spent mayfly pattern and Damien Cogan who had 4 fish averaging 2 lbs. Martin McDaid caught and released 16 fish over 3 days ranging from 0.75 lbs to 3.0 lbs. Kenny Hutchinson from Coleraine braved the wet conditions and was rewarded with a fine four pounder which he released. Kenny took the beautiful fish on a dry mayfly tied by himself.

Braving the rain: Kenny Hutchinson, Northern Ireland, with a fine 4 lbs. Lough Arrow brown

On Sunday, Lough Arrow Fish Preservation Association & District Angling Club held its annual Mayfly Competition. Fifty-two senior anglers and 6 juveniles took part in the event. A total of 15 trout were recorded and results were as follows:

1st Alan Gallagher 3.306lb; 2nd Keith Smith 3.280lb; 3rd Luke O’Connell 2.942lb

Juveniles: 1st Oliver Wall 1.384lb