Ephemera danica (May 6th)
Ephemera danica (May 6th)

It was another dry week here in Ireland and the majority of the country experienced well below average rainfall over the past seven days. Although its been sunny temperatures are also below normal in nearly all parts of the country during the past week. Some of the evenings have been bitter, in stark contrast to the sunny days we had seen.

Now that angling is underway locally there is a bit of angling to report on, and we expect to have more updates for you next week.

On Lough Sheelin trout anglers have seen some dramatic hatches of fly (buzzzers were out in clouds) and there were a few decent trout caught. Mayfly is only getting going now so hopefully the catches will pick up as more anglers within 5km of the lake can get out on the water.

Gina Tanczos with her beautiful 63cm trout (released)
Gina Tanczos with her beautiful 63cm trout (released)

In other new anglers in the Waterville area having been trying their luck on Lough Currane. A mix of bright weather, thunder and strong winds have not made for easy fishing and in the last 10 days there was only 1 salmon recorded.

Updated Angling guidelines

  1. Fishing is permitted within 5km of your home
  2. Maintain social distancing at all times, especially at car parks, access points and launch sites.
  3. Anglers from different households should not share transport e.g. car/van when travelling to fish.
  4. Limit contact with other anglers and providers.
  5. Permit/licence sales online where possible
  6. Maximum 2 persons from different households in small boat for inland/inshore fishing
  7. Angling businesses may only open once classified as an essential service and should only operate if they can provide online/contactless services.
  8. Charter fishing or guided fishing may only operate where skippers/guides can guarantee compliance with social distancing measures.
  9. Recommend no competition fishing
  10. Facilities where anglers could gather to remain closed – lunch huts, etc. Where such facilities are essential fishery should remain closed.
  11. Recommend anglers/guides/skippers to carry hand sanitiser and to use it after touching surfaces such as gates, stiles, pier railings, ladders, etc.

More information at: New 5km limit, IFI and ESB fisheries reopen, permits and licences available

And now the weather

Met Eireann tell us it will be bright with sunny spells tomorrow morning and isolated showers affecting the west and north. Through the afternoon, cloud will increase from the west with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle pushing into the west and north by evening. Highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees, coolest in northwestern areas with moderate west to southwest breezes. Sunday is shaping up to be a mostly cloudy and breezy day across the west and north, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, becoming persistent and heavy in northern parts of Ulster later in the day. Monday will see an improvement and Tuesday and Wednesday look to be lovely days with temperatures in the high teens to 20C.

Stay safe wherever you are,

Myles Kelly

Catch, Photo, Release

If you have an angling story to share with the Irish Angling Update please send it to reports@fisheriesireland.ie.