Rod and Line: Madeleine wins top prize as Ireland secure bronze
Ireland took the bronze in a hotly contested Ladies Fly Fishing International against England, Scotland and Wales, with Hilltown's Madeleine Kelly winning the heaviest fish competition.
The Irish team, captained by Julie Gerry, can be well pleased with third place in the event which was held on Trawsfynydd Lake, Snowdonia, north Wales – Scotland winning, with England second and the hosts a surprising fourth.
Madeleine was top Irish rod and winner of the heaviest fish competition with five rainbows and a brownie for 11lb 2ozs, with her heaviest fish tipping the scales at 3lbs 1oz.
It was one of the closest competitions ever held with Wales and Ireland each finishing with 33 trout, just four short of England's 37 while Scotland boated an impressive 44.
The top rod overall was England's Janice Sharp who caught 11 trout for 19lb 10ozs.
Ireland's four new caps – Cher McCrave, Lisa O'Hagan, Pauline McClenaghan and Pat Byrne – all thoroughly enjoyed the experience of fly fishing at international level and with coach Hubert Smith from Dundalk offering calm encouragement and motivation, team spirit and togetherness were more pronounced than ever before.
Hubert was ably assisted by fly tier Mick McShane, also from Dundalk, who got the patterns spot on, especially for the final day.
England will host the 2015 International Ladies Fly Fishing International on Grafham Water and any anglers interested in joining the Association or competing should visit www.irishladiesflyfishing.com or telephone 0872055094.
There were great conditions for salmon angling on most Donegal rivers but for some reason catches were quieter than the previous week.
The Gaoth Beara River in Doochary for instance was slow with only three fish reported.
Dermot McLaughlin banked a fresh sea liced grilse of 5lbs on spinner from the Falls Pool at Beflaght; Lindsey Clarke grassed a fine fish of 11lbs on the fly from just below Peter's Point; and Damien O' Donnell took a salmon of 7lbs on the worm from the Falls Pool.
The Cloghan Lodge Estate recorded another 18 salmon and grilse with less angling pressure than the previous week.
Some of the successful anglers included Alan Loftus with a fresh 4lbs fish on fly from the Ivy Bridge beat. Robert Logue was among the fish, landing a nice brace of salmon at 7lbs and 10lbs from the Ivy Bridge beat – and hooking and unfortunately losing a further two!
Chris Martin had a nice fish of 8lbs on the fly and James Doherty tempted one at 6lbs on the fly, both from McGintys.
Hewitt is trout of this world
Sport was excellent at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown with Steve Hewitt grassing top catch of 25 trout to over 4lbs on lures and Shipmans.
Close behind were David Moore and Harry Graham who both banked 22 trout to over 4lbs on the same patterns, while Jim Magill landed 13 to over 6lbs and Ryan McCauley bagged a dozen to 8lbs on green Buzzers!
Meanwhile, new to the Finn, Mark Broughton banked three, and a further nine fish were taken in the lower sections of Glenmore, with the best, a fantastic fresh salmon of 12lbs, grassed by Strabane’s Johnny McKeown on fly from the Footbridge.
Three fish were landed downstream of Ballybofey on Glebe Anglers waters and Stephen Devine tempted a 9lbs fish on fly from Liscooley Bridge on Finn Anglers waters.