Mick Flanagan reports from Lough Lene…


Rainbow trout
Marty Smith

As a rule weather permitting I spend the first few days of the trout season on Lene with fellow L.L.A.A. member Marty Smith from England. This opening day Marty had a late ferry from England and started his season on Saturday in very mixed weather conditions. As it turned out on opening day their was a huge number of anglers out on the lake, and even more bank fishing.

brown trout
Frank McKeown

The Morning was a blessing with little wind, and bright conditions, but this all changed after lunch with wet conditions taking over. The fishing was good as Lene has a huge stocking policy, so many anglers were in action from early on. Some cracking over wintered fish were also caught, and these fish were in mint condition. Ron Morre of Delvin was out with J.J. my younger brother and they had super fish on both the fly and troll. Lene Vice –Chairman Frank McKeon and his pal Damian Daly swapped the Golf clubs for fishing rods, and also were in the thick of the action. Frank had a lovely brownie when I met them for lunch on one of the Islands.

Mick the Fish


Oisin Kiernan

I finished up early on Friday and as I was packing up Kenny Kiernan and son Oisin arrived at Fagan’s Point. Kenny is one of our top fly anglers, and fly tiers in Mullingar and Oisin will learn a lot from the Old Man. We got a cracking picture of 10 years old Oisin who goes to school at Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, with a beautiful trout and it should go down well with his school mates. The story does not end their as that was Friday evening, and on Saturday and would you believe it the Oisin lad was over training with the Celtic U12 teams. Great stuff Oisin and we wish you all the best on the angling and soccer scene.


Mikie Kelly

Eventually Marty made it to Mullingar and this time checked into Novara House owned by Rickie and Margarett Deane on the Dublin Road, which he said, is top class. The Marty lad is a member of L.L.A.A. quite a number of years and gets over from England as often as possible as it his favourite Lake in Ireland. We have fished together for years, and this opening weekend we battle some savage conditions, with choppy waters, heavy rain, and on Sunday evening as you well know a nice blast of Snow for good measure. It was water off a ducks back and we boated some beautiful fish, with Marty rattling the scales with a super rainbow of 3lbs 9oz. I also got a cracking picture of Mikie Kelly of Newtown Lawns with a fine brown trout also caught on the troll.

Michael Flanagan
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