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Flounders, coleys and dogfish for Killybegs Mariners at Rossnowlagh league outing

Another Mariners league  outing took place last Friday evening April 12th on the Manor house beach near Rossnowlagh. Read their report below…

With just three league outings left to fish we got back with a great turnout of 22 anglers enjoying a beautiful sunset and a good surf raising hopes of a good fishing after the big blow of last week.

Alas some were hampered by weed all across the beach making life difficult but there were fish there and some lovely flounders of 34, 35, 36 and 37cm being the longest.

Cormac with a small flounder before getting longest flat of 36cm later on

Longest flattie prize of €64 was won by Cormac Burke with a flounder of 36cm.

2nd overall winning €64 with 154pts was Pat Cunningham. Pat also won the lucky peg draw out of the hat for €44.

And 1st overall winning €128 with 194pts catching 4 flounder and a coley for two outing wins in a row well done to Daragh McGuinness.

Dessie was off the mark early with a few flounders

Species caught were flounders, coleys and dogs.

This leaves things very close with two outings left to fish with just 16 points separating the top 5 anglers and 8 points between the top 3.

We are hoping to fish Mullaghmore Beach near side next Friday eve with more details to follow.


Trout anglers on Lough Arrow back in action!

Lough Arrow Anglers report…

The season on Lough Arrow got off to a slow start mainly due to the bad weather.   The high water level and strong winds deterred many anglers from visiting the lake.  However, improved weather is promised, and the cuckoo was heard this morning by an early-morning walker – better days are ahead!

Our talk with Tom Doc Sullivan was a great success.  There were over 30 anglers in attendance.   Firstly, Tom talked us through the sequence of the fly hatch on the lake:

Duck fly, Olives, Mayfly, Caenis, Sedges, Green Peter, Daphnia and last but not least, the Daddy Longlegs.  Next, he discussed the various fly patterns and methods that he would use to catch trout during the different hatches.  It was altogether a very informative presentation.  Our thanks to McDermotts Castlebaldwin for hosting the event.

Great interest in Tom Doc Sullivan’s talk

We held our first competition on Sunday 14th April.  Thirty-nine anglers took part in windy, blustery and cold conditions.  This is the first time we used our new measuring boards and score cards to record the catch.  These are now necessary for the Catch and Release system which has been adopted for our competitions.

Over in The Mayfly that evening, the cards were  quickly checked and verified.  The clear winner was Eddie Harte with a magnificent bag of 5 trout.  Well done Eddie!

Results were as follows:

1  EDDIE HARTE – 5 fish

2  GERRY MARTIN – 2 fish

3  JONNY TONER – 2 fish

4  MARK DEAVIN – 2 fish

5  COLIN DODD – 2 fish

The Mayfly Cup being presented to first prize winner Eddie Harte by Philip Craig of the Mayfly Inn
2nd prizewinner Gerry Martin with Club Chairman Paul Colreavy and Club Secretary Colin Dodd

It was great to see old friends for a catch-up and chat at the start of a much anticipated season.

Thanks also to Philip and Ellie for hosting the event.

Tight lines and bent rods!

Pete the fiddler fishes lovely Lough Keel

Pete with his lovely Keel trout

Pete Clark, from Perthshire in Scotland, was on a trip to Donegal recently to teach and play the fiddle as part of an exchange of musicians between Donegal and Scotland. Pete had visited Donegal on numerous occasions in the past but never brought a fishing rod along with his fiddle, so this time he made sure to pack one. As he was to be based in Letterkenny, we put him in touch with the Letterkenny Anglers’ Association for advice, and he ended up in a boat with their club secretary – we’ll let Pete tell the story:

I was on a short trip from Scotland with limited time for a cast, but the Letterkenny
Anglers’ Association secretary Gavin Duffy made sure that I made the most of it on lovely Lough Keel.  Donegal is a week or so ahead of Scotland as regards the arrival of Spring, and it was a delight to hear the Willow Warblers in full song in the bankside alders and willows.  The stiff breeze was changeable and made it difficult for us to get a decent drift, but Gavin spent as much time manoeuvring the boat to get the best drifts as he did fishing.  There weren’t many fish showing on the surface, so I opted to fish a sink tip line.  It was hard fishing, but we ended the day with 4 trout.  The biggest, a beautiful 2-pounder, took a size 10 Peter Ross.

We stopped fishing at 6pm, but as we were finishing, we noticed a hatch of very small sedges beginning to happen at the north end of the loch.  Maybe another hour might have produced a few more trout!

Pete enjoyed his time so much he plans to return later in the summer and add fly-caught pike and bass to his list of species landed in Ireland.

The Letterkenny Anglers’ Association manage the fishing on Lough Keel, Glen Lough, a portion of Gartan Lough and a number of other small lakes and river sections in the Letterkenny area. If you would like to go fishing on one of these waters, or learn more about the fishing in the Letterkenny area, you can contact club secretary Gavin Duffy on 086-3899810 or by email at [email protected].

Coffee spurs Carp into action for Anthony O’Neill

Dan O’Neill reports on a recent coarse angling trip:

Sudden brief spells of sunshine make you look outside and think right that’s it, it’s here, spring and sprung. Making plans to hit the lake and look for fish. By the time me and Anthony got to the lake we had been dotted with droplets. However, we were here, so I set up for rudd and roach while Anthony had carp on his mind.

I had hoped over the last couple of weeks to have a couple of sessions for big roach and hybrids on the Barrow, but it just didn’t happen due to conditions. The water is dropping nicely now so a trip will happen hopefully in the next two weeks. I enjoy making different ground bait mixes and have found that your ingredients can influence how aggressively the fish feed. My favourite roach mix is hemp seed, soaked bread, and chopped worm, all mixed through layers of pellets. If I am fishing in deeper water and want to make sure I hit the bottom, I add some sand or soil for weight. At times, I will skin the ground bait balls by making them, dipping them in water, and leaving them for a minute or two before throwing them in. It tends to delay the breakdown time of the ground bait, which can be great for hybrids, I find.

Back to the lake now, I set up in a sheltered area of the lake, and Anthony did his usual lap of the lake, looking for feeding fish. I was in one of the “chuck it and chance it” moods today, as I had planned to clean out the tackle box between bites if I was lucky enough to get any. Anthony returned from his walk very quietly, which meant he found fish. Deciding on a normal float rig using the 10ft pellet waggler, he made his way to his location. I had decided on a pellet waggler, too, and drip-fed close in to see if I could tempt a roach or rudd. Drip feeding can be very successful. Once you decide on your fishing spot, throw in 3 or 4 free offerings around your float every 3-4 mins or space it out to 5-6mins. Different intervals work depending on conditions, pressure, fish, etc, so keep notice of what works best for you.

A roach goes back

The float looked beautiful sitting in the water. The clouds reflected on the water, bringing me back to lying in clover fields, looking at the cloud shapes, allowing my imagination to make them into magnificent beasts, bumble bees shooting by swallows flashing in and out of your vision as you stare at the clouds. As I looked back at the lake something was missing from the picture, my float. I grabbed the rod and lifted into my first fish which was a lovely roach. Great fun on the pellet waggler. Quick picture, and I released the roach.

Anthony was shouting at me soon after to go over to get a picture of him with his roach, which was good size. I went back to the brolly to continue with cleaning the tackle box, have a cup of coffee and something to eat. As I made the coffee and got the roll ready Anthony again began calling. I think we can all relate to that scene where we have something to eat, a cup of coffee or just take a minute and bang the rod goes. This time it stayed down in the water for longer and moved at speed, a quick golden flash just under the surface confirmed Anthony had a carp. A beautiful fish such golden colors and perfect features. We slipped out the hook and released the fish after a quick picture.

We had some nice rudd after and some roach. The tackle box didn’t get much of a clean out, but always the next day. When the sun was shining, we did notice a few rudd splashing about so will hit them soon with the fly rod. Anthony has been practising his casting with his newfound best friend, the Cadence 8ft 6in 3wt. Watch out rudd!

Next up, a carp

Ardaire Springs angling fair.

The event is drawing closer and each week new names are being added to the lineup. It has all the makings of a fantastic show. A super way to get to meet some of the best in the business and get some hints and tips. I will be there with the Apgai team and also the Cadence team, make sure and stop by to say hello.

Super flyfishing for pike for Swiss anglers in Boyle

Bodo Funke of Angling Services Ireland reports great flyfishing for pike from Boyle.

First timers Remo and Frabrizio from Switzerland had a fantastic week’s pike fishing despite more than difficult conditions due to the strong and gusty winds which prevailed throughout their trip.

Remo and guide Bodo with a great pike just under the 1m mark
A happy Remo with one of his many fly-caught pike

The duo from Switzerland finished their week in the Boyle area with over 60 pike providing great sport on the fly. Remo and Fabrizio had over 60 pike between them with many in the 90cm plus and 80cm plus range. They were using sink 2-4 lines and bait fish patterns worked best.

Another one on the fly for Remo
Fabrizio doing well!
Thumbs up!

Go Fishing

Bodo Funke, Angling Services, Ireland

Pike, Game and Coarse fishing Guide

Notes: Angling Services Ireland provides the very best in angling and angling tourism. We are based in Boyle, Co. Roscommon, in the North-West of Ireland, an area with many superb angling opportunities.

The Proprietor Bodo Funke holds the Marine and Countryside Guiding Certificate (achieved with distinction) and his expertise and local knowledge will be to your avail when you go on a guided angling trip or angling holiday with Angling Services Ireland. Pike fishing, Fly-fishing for Pike, Game fishing for wild Brown Trout, Float- tubing, Coarse fishing. Salmon fishing and Sea-angling can be organised.

Address: Angling Services Ireland, 3 Canal View, Deerpark, Boyle, Co. Roscommon
Telephone/Fax::+353 71 9663580 or +353 86 6011878
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.anglingservicesireland.com


Enfield anglers endure double downpours

The Leinster Coarse Fishing Federation report that 22 anglers lined the canal banks at Enfield for the first Royal Enfield open 5-hour match last weekend. A lot of work had gone into tidying up the venue and cleaning out swims in the week leading up to the event, so everything was in good order for the match.

What the anglers didn’t need was a huge deluge halfway through the match, as the heavens opened on top of the contestants. And, just as they were beginning to dry off, a second downpour arrived to finish them off. The fishing itself was patchy, with plenty of small rudd and roach showing.

Results as follows:

Section “A”.
1st……..Tommy Dowd……….7.46.
2nd…….Peter Nolan………….6.18.
3rd……..Alan Donnelly……….3.70.
Section “B”.
1st……..Pat Gill…………………18.98.
2nd…….Aidan Devoy…………5.08.
3rd……..Pat Bartley……………3.86.
1st ……..Pat Gill………………..18.98.
2nd……..Tommy Dowd……..7.46.
3rd………Peter Nolan…………6.18.

Fry patterns best on Owel – Piscari-Fly Newsletter 16 April

Peter is back with a weekly round up from Piscari-Fly…

Fishing Report

On Sunday a major fish kill was discovered on the upper waters of the Kings River, up around Mullinahone on the Kilkenny and Tipperary border. It has been reported as a serious fish kill. The source has not as yet been disclosed. In the lower parts we are not sure what this will mean, hopefully with the high waters at present it will dilute the posion and have a lesser impact on the system.

We believe the kill stretches 4 to 6 miles at least and if we hear more we will let you all know. It is a sad thing that this happens in this day and age to our rivers and trout fisheries. IFI and authorities are now investigating and hopefully the perpetrators can be found.

How’s The Fishing?

We fished Lough Owel on Sunday for the Leinster Qualifiers. Both Peter and Mark qualified for the Leinster team for the All-Ireland on possibly the 7th September on Lough Corrib.


Congrats to all the winners on the day.

Seniors:1st Shane Callan 2nd Mick McShane 3rd Mark Driver

Masters:1st Roger Fowler 2nd Eddie Rowe 3rd Pat Noonan.

Biggest Fish: Mick McShane with a 7.1lb fish

We were delighted to be fishing for Rathdrum Trout Anglers and winning the team event over the day. This is the first time the club has won this trophy after many years of trying.


Fishing was quiet difficult on the day, very cold, blustery conditions with some very heavy showers at times. As it has been mostly throughout the Spring and at most venues throughout the country. The changeable conditions means the trout are not in a consistant feeding pattern and the hatches are patchy.

The fish were mostly caught on fry patterns like sliver dabblers, minkies and booby fry, pulling down deep on a Di 3 or Di 5 sinking line.

However, I did see some positive signs through out the day with some small hatches of olives and a few trout moving on them at times. The forecast is looking a bit more promising for this coming weekend so fingers crossed we have turned a corner and will see conditions improve. It was difficult conditions in all but good to see a team qualify for Leinster. So best of luck to Team Leinster in September.

Our trip to the Corrib was cancelled because of the winds that were coming on Monday. We will be heading over in a few weeks though and will keep you informed throughout how we get on over there.

Don’t forget to get in touch if you need anything for the season [email protected].

Tackle Bag

Back in Stock

With the Irish Spring Angling Fair only around the corner we are getting a huge amount of product back in. Our original A4 Fly Box is back in stock. Size is 305*230*23mm and it takes 450 flies.

Ideal for lake flies, lures, river and trout flies. Grey foam insert

Piscari Fly tying Vice

Our philosophy has always been to create tying tools that fit your hand to make it as easy as possible for you to create flies that look second to none. They are packed in plastic bags and a protective box.

Mini Chest Pack

Color: light yellow and grey colour
Main pocket size: 20 x 13 x 5cm (7.87″ x 5.12″ x 1.97″)
Front pocket size: 14 x 10 x 4cm (5.51″ x 3.94″ x 1.57″)
The micro chest packs have been hugely popular for years in the fishing industry, multiple pockets where you need it. A zip down work station and a replaceable fly patch and multiple interior storage pockets. This chest pack fits small and medium sized fly box and has high-viz lining. The padded neck strap has a Net D-ring.

Here is that video of Mark showing you a good way to pack it.

What’s New?


Piscari-Fly Expanding it’s Range in Fulling Mill and Wychwood

We are going to be stocking some Fulling Mill. We have some hooks and Fly boxes and more coming. Keep an eye online or check it out at the Irish Spring Angling Fair.

We also have Wychwood products such as the Bankman Net, the bass bag, a wading belt and the boat seat as can be seen over.

Busy times ahead.

For more information get in touch Home – Piscari-Fly or 0879787040


What’s Coming?

A show not to be missed, a great weekend for the angling enthusiast. Make sure you call by the Piscari-Fly stand for some great deals and bargains, check out our social media for what we are up to between now and then.

Looking forward to seeing everyone there. Don’t miss it, it’s going to be a fantastic weekend.

https://irishspringanglingfair.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/irishspringanglingfair for more information.

About us

Based on the River Nore just outside Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland. Piscari-Fly is a growing Fly Tying and Fly-Fishing business with a vast amount of experience and knowledge. If there is ever anything I can do to make my service better for you please feel free to suggest it to me and I’ll gladly try my best to accommodate your requests. Thanks again. Peter Driver.

As a small business we depend on the satisfaction of our customers and there word of mouth reference, google reviews are important to our online presence and we sure would appreciate your review. Just head over to this link and give us a quick review.

Thanks for the support its greatly appreciated

Peter Driver.

Piscari-Fly, Woolengrange, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny, R95 Y860, Ireland, 0879787040

Streamers and nymphs taking fish on Kings River

Anthony once again showing dad how it's done!


Dan O’Neill gives us an update on his latest guiding session on the Kings River


Casting, exploring and meeting new friends

Continuing my love for streamer fishing, this week I hit the Kings River and even went to the River Nore for a couple of hours.

Firstly, I have been doing a lot of casting recently. I enjoy watching loops or trying to improve my casting skills. My very good friend from APGAI Mr. Pat Hughes (who sadly passed away) would ring me and say to me “there is always something you can improve on” and he was right, of course. When I began studying for APGAi I found myself picking about 5/6 instructors/casters. From the few I picked I wanted traits that they had, everything from teaching skills, casting abilities, analogies, presentations, how they conducted a casting lesson and how they answered questions or looked for answers when asking questions. Back to Mr. Hughes again and a saying that sticks with me “It’s well and good that you can make a cast or various casts, but can you teach it”. Again, he was correct. So, when I studied the chosen instructors I found myself as an instructor becoming a hybrid of their skills and knowledge. Let’s not forget they done the same thing when they learned and began their journey. So, the traits they learned from their mentors were also passed on. It’s like a spider’s web of knowledge and I placed myself in the center listening to my select few that I chose to study. I have been very lucky with my ongoing journey.

Back to angling now and I had many clients out over the past week from far and wide. Hitting the kings with me this week were Eric and Mark who were from New York.

Two anglers beside flowing river
Eric and Mark

Mark had done quite a lot of streamer fishing and Eric practiced dry fly and nymphing mostly. Stories were a plenty on our walk to the joining’s, we had to remind ourselves why we were there and get on with making new stories. We chose 3 small glides spread out over about 150 meters, here I could keep and eye on both anglers and advise as best I could. Eric started off with the Cadence 10ft 3wt tight lining, he began at the end of the glide and worked his way to the head. Mark took a different approach and grabbed the trusty Cadence 10ft 5wt to use some of his leech patterns from Montana.

Fishing rods set up
Ready for action

The noise came from Eric’s side first where he hit a nice brown trout on a pheasant tail nymph, not a very big trout but an “Irish brown” so he was very happy. It wasn’t too long before Mark had a fish on the leech pattern, again nothing big but a trout all the same and one he was very happy with. I had a lovely morning with the lads and am hoping to head across to them in the future at some point.

After walking along the riverbank earlier that morning I had decided to try some little pockets and back eddies with some of the streamers Mark was using. I brought the 10ft 5wt with me equipped with sink 5 line. I started at Georges wall and made my way to the end of the long pond. Before I began I took off some fly line and dipped my streamer into the water and moved the rod tip to see what king of movement I got as I wanted to go for a natural flick in the streamer, I was also seeing how the pattern worked and was there anything I could add to make it more attractive or realistic. It was wonderful to watch the effect the rod movement has on the streamer and made me think I am probably jigging to hard which resulted in unnatural movement of the streamer. With my newfound jigging skills I made some casts differing my retrieves. It was the jigging that made the difference today and I had many trout along the stretch I fished. Watching them was superb. I had one trout follow it right into the edge, it almost seemed that the fish was being playful with the streamer. I love watching the streamer and seeing a sudden gold flash behind it, it is so exciting and a lovely way to fish. Of course, Anthony was on the lakes and I was in sight and he saw me hook a few trout, so he came up to “help out”, he ended up getting a few lovely browns also and was very happy. The takes are superb and sudden.

Anthony once again showing dad how it’s done!


Spring Angling Fair – Ardaire Springs 4/5 May

Don’t forget to save the dates, the line-up for this year’s fair is superb. There are some wonderful talks and demos over the weekend. It’s events like this that can take your angling journey to the next level. I will be there with the APGAI team and the Cadence fly fishing team. Make sure and stop by to say hello.

Go Fishing…

South East Casting

Address Thomastown Kilkenny Ireland Mobile Phone: +353857652751

Great trout on Owel for Dublin Trout Angler Niall

Niall Ó hEarcáin contacted us to tell us about his recent trip to Lough Owel in the midlands. Niall and his boat partner, Pat Foley, fished from the early afternoon into the evening without stirring a thing. Then, just on 6pm, a good hatch of fly began to come off the water in the southern end of the lough. Niall ditched his intermediate line and stuck on a floater armed with a size 8 Cormorant from his own vice. The change was the right one and before long he was into a fish – a lovely 60cm, hard-fighting, Owel trout. Niall reckons the fish pulled him in all directions for what seemed like an age, with deep dives under the boat followed by big leaps in a bid for freedom.

After an epic tussle, the fish was calmly netted by Pat before being unhooked, measured and released again to fight another day. Niall is a member of the Dublin Trout Anglers and he thanks their excellent fly tying group for the inspiration that brought the Cormorant fly that caught the trout!

Niall’s 60cm Owel trout

He gave us the ingredients for the fly (black thread, peacock herl body, rainbow pearl over red holo rib, black marabou wing, size 8 long lure hook) and the link to the video where other fly tiers can learn to tie up their own!

Lough Owel, Mullingar, Co Westmeath


Irish Angling Update 🎣 12 April 2024

Batharnach, clagairt, clagarnach, dallcairt, forlacht, gleidearnach, stealladh, tuile and báisteach are just some (there are plenty more) of the words used to describe rain “as Gaeilge”, and we have surely experienced all of the above in recent months. Last week saw little respite, as rain continued to dominate in all provinces, with some areas getting four times the average for the time of year. At the weekend, the rain was given extra vigour by storm Kathleen, which gave us a good whipping on Saturday before taking a little break and then whipping us again on Sunday. So it’s no surprise that the weather has featured large in this week’s angling reports, as anglers sought to get ahead of, predict, avoid, find a gap in, or just shrug and endure what nature threw at them.

Starting with sea angling, the members of South Shore SAC had been watching the forecast all week ahead of their scheduled club competition at the weekend. A late check of the venue on Saturday produced a green light for the match, and anglers found a 3-hour window where the fish were on form before the rising winds called a halt to proceedings. David Norman of Angling Adventures West Cork decided to get out ahead of the worst of the weather and found a bit of shelter from the mounting winds where feeding mullet took a fancy to his fly. It takes more than a storm to put the Killybegs Mariners off their fishing, but they were slightly unfortunate that their annual trip to Mayo coincided with such inclement weather. However, luck was on their side with the destination: the Mullet Peninsula, one of the rare venues where you can find shelter in any wind direction. And they were even luckier with the fishing, with sea trout being the star of the show, including a new club record specimen of 68cm, which was released back to the sea after a quick photo and wins this week’s Catch of the Week.

A fine sea trout from Belmullet

Charter boats will have stayed at their moorings over the weekend, and there hasn’t been a lot of opportunity to put to sea this year, but April normally sees a return of boats to the water after a spruce-up over the winter months, and a number of west-coat charters are now ready for the off once the wind allows. To bass angling now, and Cormac Walsh of the Lure Fishing Podcast talks to Matt Cumbers of Drift Lures about his journey from angler through to lure designer and producer, and Matt gives some insights into the factors that make a winning lure. Last but definitely not least, on the sea angling scene, the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers held a launch event to mark the commencement of preparations for the U16 & U21 World Championship Shore Angling, which will be held on the southeast coast this coming November. It will be the highlight of the shore angling scene in Ireland in 2024, and we look forward to reporting on it later in the year.

Coarse anglers in Munster had to contend with the tail end of storm Kathleen on Sunday as they lined out on Inniscarra for the Munster Teams League. Luckily, Inniscarra is a venue that can produce the goods regardless of the weather, as was evidenced by Adrian Browne landing 38kg+ of good hybrids to finish with the heaviest bag, but it was Munster Polish who topped the team event with a combined 77kg. Anglers in Athy faced similar conditions on Sunday as they turned out for their club match, but they were delighted to see tench arrive back in the Marina, and it was a PB tench of 5lb 9ozs that saw club member Chris finish top on the day.

Tench helped Chris on his way to a win at Athy
Tench helped Chris on his way to a win at Athy

Fishing further north and a day earlier didn’t make things any easier for anglers fishing Ireland’s Feeder King qualifier on Gowna/Rockfield last Saturday. The blustery conditions made fishing very difficult, and bags were a bit underwhelming, with Richard Pratt’s 6.650kg proving the pick of the bunch. On the River Barrow, father and son duo Dan and Anthony O’Neill found the river in an angry mood, so they sought out some deeper holes and were rewarded with some decent roach and nice perch. To wrap up the coarse angling news, the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland has announced that entry is now open for the first of their All Ireland series, the Canal Championships, on the 27th & 28th of April. This year’s venue of choice is the Grand Canal at Daingean, and the planned sections are Millennium Bridge and the Town/Heffernan’s stretch.

A nice brace of perch for Anthony O’Neill

The weather hampered much of the trout fishing over the past week as many rivers remained in flood, and the wind will have made lough fishing precarious on many days. But Dan O’Neill found a few trout willing to take streamers on the King’s River before the water got too high to handle. Some of the lads from Piscari Fly paid a visit to their home territory on the Wicklow lakes and found the water to be cool, but still managed to tempt a trout or two. Anglers fishing on Loughs Conn & Cullin had to wait for gaps in the wind before venturing out on the lakes. They found duckfly, but no fish rising to them on Cullin. It seems Lough Conn was more active, with a few fish coming to the fly. March proved to be a difficult month for Corrib anglers as the weather failed to produce favourable conditions for a prolonged spell of duckfly fishing. However, there was a window of warmer weather in the week after St. Patrick’s Day, and that proved to be the best of the fishing for the month. In our final bit of trout angling news, Eamonn Conway of Táin Flyfishing has produced a short video giving us some insight into the finer points of competition fishing, looking at how best to organise/arrange your landing net.

Brush up on your net skills with Eamon Conway

It was a bit of a mixed bag on the salmon front this week, with some fisheries getting off the mark for the season, and other fisheries seeing little to no angling pressure at all. The River Moy was on the right end of that spectrum, as, in the wake of storm Kathleen, the first two fish of the season were reported on Mon 8th. The River Laune also saw a bit of action despite the high water levels, as three salmon to 10lb were recorded on the river. Anglers in Waterville didn’t fare so well, as the wild winds of Kathleen kept the lake free of anglers on a number of days, and the fish didn’t oblige on the days they did make it afloat.

We finish up with the pike anglers this week, beginning with the Limerick Pike Anglers, who seized their opportunity to fish a river venue and were rewarded with the best fishing session of the year to date. Continental guests at Watermill Lodge in Fermanagh found the fishing to be excellent despite the weather, with plenty of pike landed, and guide Pascal Brissaud also got in on the act with a few nice fish that brought a smile to his face. Lastly, regular YouTuber Stephen McDonagh has posted his latest videos online, both featuring deadbaiting for pike in late winter/spring, just before he packed away his pike rods for the season.

Watermill Lodge, Fermanagh.
Smiling guide- Pascal Brissaud of Watermill Lodge

Other news

In other news, five separate angling regulations, affecting salmon, sea trout, brown trout, and eels, were recently signed into law. We advise all anglers to read through the regulations and to familiarise themselves with them.

And now the weather…

Friday will be dull and wet in the north and west of the country, with the rain moving eastwards later in the day. The rain will fade out overnight, and Saturday will start off dry, but rain will again spread from the west as the day progresses and will be heavy in the northern part of the country. The rain will be accompanied by some strong and gusty winds in places, and the highest temperatures will be 11°C to 14°C. It will be a similar story on Sunday, starting dry before rain spreads from the west, again turning heavy in some places. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be midweek before we see a break in that pattern, with some drier and sunnier weather breaking through the gloom…

Make sure to check the forecast before going afloat and if you’re going to sea, don’t forget to check the tides.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

IFI Staff
Catch, Photo, Release

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