Just like people, fish like consistency, I think. Referred to me recenty as the Goldilocks effect, probably optimum conditions for trout fishing, the temperatures ought to have been not too hot, not too cold but just right. Wind, not too strong, not too light but just right. You get the idea!

Lough Sheelin, Ireland
Sunsets can be just incredible on Lough Sheelin

A little bit of luck and you got a fish, but in saying that some extremely talented anglers just looked the adverse conditions in the eye and still caught fish. A fish of 9lbs 2ozs was recorded on nymph by an angler from the west and another bigger trout was also landed. I suppose quality over quantity was the best description.

The buzzer fishing had tapered off with only sporadic catches. The difference in a few boat lengths was the difference between catching or getting a chance to catch fish and getting nothing.

French visitor Christian Bas with a nice Lough Sheelin Trout.
Regular visitor Christian Bas from the south of France with a Lough Sheelin Trout.

There were good hatches of greens and good falls of spent and fish were caught on both. Nymph fishing also proved effective and produced fish when the conditions were right.

Denis Henry, Martinique on Lough Sheelin, Ireland.
Denis Henry (on his 5th visit) from Martinique, happy out with his Sheelin Trout.

The last few days saw even more changable weather including thunder storms with lightening and torrential rain which nearly half filled boats in a couple of hours.

Denis Henry from Martinique, happy out with his Sheelin Trout.

Please remember anglers to abide by BYE-LAW 949 which strictly prohibits from June 14th, 2017 onwards:

  • The taking of any brown trout of less than 36 centimeters.
  • For a person to fish with more than 2 rods at any one time.
  • To fish with more than 4 rods at any one time when there is more than one person on board the boat concerned.
  • For a person to take more than 2 trout per day.
  • All trolling on the lake from March 1st to June 16th (inclusive).
  • To fish or to attempt to take or to fish for, fish of any kind other than during the period from March 1st to October 12th in any year.
A fine Sheelin trout for Jim, on the Spent.
A fine Sheelin trout for Jim, on the Spent
Go Fishing

If you fancy giving Lough Sheelin a go please visit the following link https://fishinginireland.info/trout/shannon/sheelin/

  • Always wear a lifejacket.
  • Please purchase you permit before fishing.
Trout with Big Tail, Lough Sheelin.
Plenty of power from that tail.