With the country in the full throes of celebrating and remembering all the fallen martyrs of the 1916 rising, members of thee Rinn Shannon and District Angling Club shall be out in full uniform and making their way to a rising of another sort on Lough Rowan which opens at 9am, Sunday April 3, for the 2016 trout fishing season.
As a result of the recent introduction of 2000 hard fighting, free rising rainbow and brown trout into the lake, club members are anticipating an opening day that will be remembered for some time to come. A problem that many of us encounter on opening day is to decide which fly to tie on which will possibly reap some reward and what tactics should one use in order to maximise valuable fishing time. It can be a little daunting looking into your fly box and trying to remember which fly or combination of flies that proved successful for you on opening day in the past.
From past experience, I can tell you that whatever flies you decide on, the most important thing is to have confidence in your selection otherwise you will not fish them correctly and they will look unnatural and alien to any discerning trout. It is important not to waste too much time by sticking to the same fly selection.
If you are not catching fish, give yourself ten to 15 minutes casting and if nothing is happening try another selection. Until you catch, kill and spoon your first fish and discover what they have been feeding on it is a good idea to give them several different options.
When fish are seen constantly breaking the surface it shows that they are feeding with confidence on natural insects on the surface. The water temperature has risen slightly and will have encouraged some invertebrates to hatch. This surface rising would normally be a green light to try a dry-fly.
Have a close look and you may see what the fish are taking, if there is no obvious evidence of fly life on the surface then it is quite possible that the fish are feeding just under the surface perhaps on water snail, hog louse or freshwater shrimp. In situations like this I like to tie on a small “Bibio” and a “Hares Ear” (both imitate a host of invertebrates) on the droppers and a floating fly such as a “Muddler” or “Booby” on the point to prevent the droppers from sinking too deep.
Any fish feeding in the first foot of water will be attracted to the wake of the point fly and there is a very good chance that they will be tempted by your dropper combination.
If you are fishing from a boat and there is a fairly decent wave, with fish evidently feeding in the surface layers then a team of wet flies pulled through the surface layers would be the obvious tactic to try.
The excitement of seeing a trout creating a bow wave while in pursuit of your flies is the ultimate in heart in mouth thrills. Again using an attractor fly such as a “muddler” on the point with perhaps a “Silver Invicta” and a “Kate McLaren” on the droppers, pulled with a steady pace should reap rewards and exciting visual sport.
I look forward to seeing you all on opening day at Lough Rowan, for further details on membership etc. please visit the club website www.rinnshannon.com or call Paul on 0876748693.
Until next time. Stay safe on the water, wear your lifejacket and tight lines.