We are just on the cusp of the season on Lough Sheelin and the jewel in Ireland's angling crown is about to sparkle.
Last week the total number of trout reported was 89, a big leap forward from the previous week. The heaviest fish was a trout of over 6lbs caught by Dublin angler Mick Kelly using one of his own dry Mayfly patterns.
Brendan Corr, from Belfast, boated a brace of wild brownies at 3lb 8ozs each on a dry green Mayfly pattern and a spent, while Paul Lunney, from Derrylin, Co Fermanagh, also tempted two trout on a green Mayfly. His fish tipped the scales at 3lb 8ozs and 4lbs.
Thady McAleese, Meath, took one trout at 3lbs on a French Partridge; Finbar Foley, Kildare, boated one at 5lbs on a dry Buzzer at 12 midnight; Joe Power, Ardee, netted one at 3lbs on a small Grey Wulff; and Vradislov Skorokodov, Balbriggan, took one at 4lbs on a lure.
Cavan angler Larry Tierney had one at 1lb 8ozs on a wet green Mayfly and Vincent Clarke, Knockbride, boated one at 4lbs on the same pattern.
Bill Chapman, from Antrim, caught a nice trout of 4lb 8ozs on a Grey Wulff; Ratoath angler Barry Fox bagged six trout to over 3lbs on a spent pattern; and Peter McArdle, Dundalk, tempted three fish all over 3lbs with his biggest measuring 54cms, all caught on Buzzer and Mayfly patterns.
Meanwhile, with the growing popularity of feeder fishing and the introduction of the new FIPSed World Feeder Club Championships comes a new event to select the Feeder Club Champions of Ireland.
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland All Ireland Feeder Club Championships will be held over the weekend of July 8 and 9 at Lough Muckno, and member clubs are invited to submit teams of five anglers.
Clubs may also take this opportunity to qualify to represent Ireland at the World Feeder Club Championships in Belarus next year.
No bloodworm or joker will be permitted and anglers are asked to register at 8am on the Saturday at the Old Coach Inn car park. The peg draw will start at 8.30am sharp and fishing will be from 11am until 4pm.
The Irish Ladies Fly-Fishing Association’s second trial of the year took place on Loughmacrory, Co Tyrone with anglers travelling from all over the country to take part.
Loughmacrory is a great venue with good boats, plenty of trout and some pike to cast a line over.
At the ‘measure in’ (all fish caught were safely returned alive to the lake), the top angler on the day was Liz Dermott with a bag of five trout. Ruth Arrell boated four fish for second place. The top boatman with seven trout to his boat was Sandy Dorrian, while Lisa O’Hagan also boated a good pike.
At the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, it has been a great week with lots of surface feeding trout showing, providing terrific sport.
Martin Foster bagged 33 fish, including a beauty at 8lbs and a brace at 5lbs plus, Michael Millar tempted 26 to 4lbs plus on dry patterns and Trevor Ramsey took 17 to over 5lbs on CDCs and Shuttlecocks.
Derek Vance banked 32 on dries and nymphs, Davy Cupples grassed 20 to 7lbs on dries while Michael McWilliams also landed 20 to over 5lbs on buzzers.
Ian McClatchy bagged 20 plus on buzzers during his first ever visit, Leonard Clewer caught 36 over two sessions and Kieran Cassidy bagged 49 also over two sessions. Edward Edens bagged 30 on lures and Rab Macurrie banked a great fish of almost 9lbs in his 28 fish bag.