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Lough Sheelin still a happy hunting ground, despite the torrential rain

Rod and Line

By Vic Thomas

Lough Sheelin suffered from the remnants of Storm Gert in the form of torrential downpours but despite this, the fishing for some was excellent.

Now, into late summer, this is a not to be missed fishing stage on this lake with a plethora of food available to the trout with a corresponding artificial choice for the Sheelin angler.

However, it's important to keep it simple. Good advice is to stick with the traditional tried and tested patterns such as, the Raymond and the Dunkeld, the Dabblers, Pennells and Bumbles.

Anglers did report some late afternoon and evening sedge fishing using size 12-14 brown dry sedge patterns. This was a good combination for Northern Ireland angler Jordon Loughray who fished a dry sedge on the top dropper, a shipman's in the middle and a suspended buzzer on the point, all of which landed him a 4lb 8oz Sheelin beauty.

The heaviest fish of the week at 6lbs was caught by Matthew Grenshaw, Belfast, using a Claret Stimulator fishing out from Church Island, In all, 52 trout were boated with Des Elliott, Dublin, recording seven fish to 5lb 8ozs on Black Pennells and Golden Olives.

Owen Jacob, Dublin, accounted for four fish to 5lbs on Muddlers; John Chaney, Dublin, boated a three pounder on a Chocolate Drop Sedge fishing off Church Island and Paddy Brady, Cavan, tempted three trout to 3lbs on Dabblers and Hoppers.

Kevin Sheridan, Cavan, had a brace of trout at 1lb 8ozs each on a Stimulator and another at 21 inches on a Silver Dabbler while Wilson Clingham fishing with Ned Shannon from Belfast, boated three trout averaging 3lbs each, on Gold and Black Dabblers. Twenty five salmon were recorded by 44 anglers on Donegal's Owenea River with Pat McLoughlin landing a 4lb grilse on fly from Beat Five and Sean Campbell accounting for a 5lb grilse on spinner from Beat Four.

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