When you look out the window from work all week and see nice days to go fishing, but on your day off it seems to blow a gale, really what can you do. I personaly just go fishing. It was just a few days before the ITFFA Leinster Interprovincial qualifier.
I had spent five out of the last six weeks as you know on Lough Lene and found fish in most areas, but today was going to be different.
There was a big wave so we decided to see if we could find fish in the normal areas that had not been fished of late.
I quick drift through Fagans Bay verified the fish were still on Buzzers and away we went up the lake.
John Maguire was my partner for the day, its nice to do a few practice sessions with someone whois fishing the competition aswell..
was blowing hard so i set up the bung, this is a legal indicator tied on a hook, that we fish like a float . I tie this one on a dropper 4 ft from my fly line and 2 more droppers three foot apart. I put a size 10, a size 12 and a size 10 buzzer on the cast,
a size 12 on the middle dropper
The areas i fish are well known,but people tend to go look for fish in the last stocked area. To be honest there can be a lot of fish in these areas but they probably have been well fished and spooky. The areas that have
been stocked a month ago, or even two months ago are well worth investigating, although there are less fish they are less spooky and easier caught.
Today was all about finding fish, getting a couple , doing a drift again getting one or two more then
leaving them alone for competition day.
Throughout the day we probably did 4 drifts that we didnt meet fish. But as it was windy it could of been due to several things, no buzzers hatching or presentation of the flies or that there were no fish there
. Either way when we met areas with buzzer and fish well it was mayhem in the boat, Double kook ups in the boat in a big wave isnt fun. But at least we had areas to fish for sunday we knew held fish.
At the end of the day we had done our job abd on
the way in we said we would get just one more for the camera.
Sunday is D day, after that if i qualify or not i will go through out tactics and flies as promised..
Till then tight lines
19.05 | 05:47
Hi Denis Good meeting last night, and enjoyed reading your blog. Felt I was on the lake with you. Great work
02.05 | 20:42
Hi Dennis loved the article straight to the point .just wondered will the trout feed on the small buzzers all year ?
06.04 | 11:57
Cant wait to read this
01.03 | 03:03
glad u enjoy, ty, will be back when the fishing returns
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Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association Club run a great fishery , i would encourage all anglers fishing the lake to join the club, if the local clubs do not get the support , Lakes like Lough Owel will no longer exist .
You also need a IFI permit to fish the lake and the bag limit is 2 trout.
Lough Owel will fish all year round and is fast becoming a go to destination for anglers all over Ireland. Waters like Rutland , Grafham and Chew produce exactly the same browns Lough Owel does. Fish to double figures are not unheard of on these waters in the UK and they attract anglers from all over the UK, International Anglers and Irish Anglers and we have Lough Owel on our doorstep,. It just makes you think. Triploids are really doing great in the lake, it makes you think what the future holds and yes there are grown on Double Figured Trout in Lough Owel. I personally will be fishing aLough Owel a lot more next year.