Trout season almost upon us

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The 2014 trout season opens on April outside of Mohill. The lake, which is under management of Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club, is in my opinion one of the finest stocked fisheries in the county.

The 2014 trout season opens on April outside of Mohill. The lake, which is under management of Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club, is in my opinion one of the finest stocked fisheries in the county.

The Last Cast - Jarlaith Gallagher

Now before I go any further, there is a lot to be said for fishing for the native “wild” brown trout or the “king” of fish the salmon and if I am completely honest this type of fishing is my preference. You just cannot beat the feeling of catching a wild fish in its natural environment. Unfortunately for wild trout anglers in south Leitrim we are left a little short of local venues in order to fulfill this pursuit.

South Leitrim is famous in angling circles both here and abroad for the quality and accessibility of fantastic stocks of coarse fish and has for generations been the prime destination for coarse anglers from all over Britain and the continent.

It is no coincidence that Leitrim venues host the internationally renowned “King of Clubs” match fishing competition on an almost yearly basis. The quality of coarse angling in Leitrim is certainly in no doubt. If coarse angling is your preferred angling method, then Leitrim is certainly spoilt for choice.

Historically, Leitrim is not renowned for its game angling venues. Yes it is true that Leitrim has one of the finest salmon fisheries in Ireland that is of course the Drowse River in Kinlough. This fishery is expertly managed by Shane Gallagher and his devoted staff and as a result of their hard work, usually takes the honour of landing Ireland’s first salmon on a yearly basis. While the Drowse has a very good stock of wild brown trout, it is primarily a salmon fishing venue.

If salmon fishing is your preferred choice then this venue is without a doubt one of the finest in the country. This fishery also boasts a fantastic website www.drowessalmonfishery.com which is updated daily and is well worth a look. Lough Melvin, the lake that the Drowse river flows from is possibly the most unique trout lake in Ireland if not Europe, as it holds three subspecies of trout i.e. sonaghan, gillaroo and the ferox alongside a population of Artic char, a remnant of the last ice age.

With such a diverse stock of game fish to be had in this beautiful lake it is a must fish venue. If going to Melvin for the first time it is imperative to hire a local guide who shall not only target your quarry but will hold your safety and well being as a top priority.

The next best thing to fly-fishing for wild trout is a visit to Lough Rowan! Only last week the lake was restocked with over 3000 hard fighting, fin perfect rainbow trout.

As this lake is under the management of Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club, fishing is by permit only! Day tickets can be bought in Peter Logan’s Butchers, John Bradshaw’s furniture and Fitzpatricks public house, Main Street Mohill. Further information on how to join the club is available from www.rinnshannon.com. Please remember to include a passport photo with your application.

Looking forward to seeing you on the lakeshore, until next time stay safe and tight lines.