“The Last Cast”
by Jarlaith Gallagher

Congratulations to the lads from Lough Allen College Angling Club! Ryan McGovern  1st place, Daniel Lambert  2nd place and Harry Davis - 3rd place today at the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs under 18s. Pikes caught 19lbs , 10lbs 5oz and 9lbs 5oz on the river Shannon on Saturday 9th March near Drumshanbo. Prizes sponsored by Gala and Karol Scollans Fishing Bait and Tackle Supplies, Drumshanbo.  The qualifiers take place in Drumshanbo in April.  If you are interested in joining the club please email surfeire@indigo.ie Trophies presented by Brendan OReilly Youth Officer for the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs. (L-R Harry Davis, Ryan McGovern and Daniel Lambert)
Hello to all readers, and welcome to a new angling column, which shall appear every fortnight here in our County newspaper. The title of the column is inspired by my memories of childhood, on the bank of the river, with trout starting to rise, as night begins to descend, my late father’s voice ringing in my head, “Be back before dark or I shall take that rod from you”. Somehow, I always thought that if I managed to have one last cast I would catch the “Big One” which would lead to an instant elimination of the hanging threat, and a forgiving tone in his reprimanding. As it happens my father never did take the rod off me, and more often than not, the last cast never produced more than the invention of another unbelievably plausible excuse to account for my being out so late.

Hello to all readers, and welcome to a new angling column, which shall appear every fortnight here in our County newspaper. The title of the column is inspired by my memories of childhood, on the bank of the river, with trout starting to rise, as night begins to descend, my late father’s voice ringing in my head, “Be back before dark or I shall take that rod from you”. Somehow, I always thought that if I managed to have one last cast I would catch the “Big One” which would lead to an instant elimination of the hanging threat, and a forgiving tone in his reprimanding. As it happens my father never did take the rod off me, and more often than not, the last cast never produced more than the invention of another unbelievably plausible excuse to account for my being out so late.

Win a fly box & 40 flies!

I am writing this column in order to provide an outlet for anglers to share their views and to give an informative account of angling news from all over our County for the benefit of local and visiting anglers. However, this shall require a little bit of reader interaction. By this I mean, submission of your views, catch reports and photographs, which will be used to make the column as fair and informative as possible. Other topics, which shall be covered, will include tackle, tactics, environmental matters, invasive species, water safety, water quality and other observations on the beauty of the natural world.

In order to give readers an incentive to submit their stories, tips and photographs, the good people in Dunfly.com have kindly put up a very worthy prize of a fly box with forty flies included, (see photograph) worth approximately €100! This prize shall be judged by myself and awarded to the best photograph of your catch, accompanied by a short description of the methods used and the thrill of the fight! (Max100 words). This is a fantastic chance to relate your “tall tails” to interested readers and to boost your fly collection.

Please submit all entries with photographs to iarlaith66@gmail.com; the prize shall be awarded each month with the prize-winning story and photograph to be also published on a monthly basis. Make sure to include your name, address and phone number. Dunfly.com also have a special offer for readers of the column, a fantastic 10% discount on all orders over £10 sterling! To avail of this offer, simply go into Dunfly.com website and when ordering make sure to use this special ordering code (leit10).

Rinn-Shannon and District Angling Club

As a committee member of the above-mentioned club I shall be giving reports on how the club’s rainbow trout fishery (Lough Rowan) is fishing on a bi-weekly basis. I shall also include submitted reports on other venues form across the county and further afield. Rinn-Shannon and District Angling Club was formed in 2002 and has gone from an initial membership of about twenty to over two hundred today. The club caters for all angling preferences, be it game, pike or coarse. Lough Rowan is situated 3 miles from Mohill and is stocked two to three times a year with fin perfect, hard fighting rainbow trout. Membership fees are €60 per annum with day tickets costing €15. The club is a not for profit organisation and all fees collected are reinvested in the management and restocking of the lake. For further information and regular updates, please go to our website www.rinnshannon.com or follow us on twitter @RSDAC

Fabulous Pike Action on Lough Rowan

Over the winter pike season, Lough Rowan has seen some fantastically fruitful pike fishing. Locals and visitors alike enjoyed some amazing catches. Most notable would have to be Club member Peter Flatley’s double hook-up that weighed in at over 50lb of prime Lough Rowan pike (see photograph). For more amazing photographs please go to our website www.rinnshannon.com. Alas all good things come to an end and from March 18th the lake shall be closed for pike fishing, however, fly fishing for pike shall be permitted for the duration of the trout season which commences on Sunday April 7th. There is a busy itinerary regarding competitions for the upcoming trout season and I shall inform you of these in the near future. Until the next time, tight lines and don’t forget to get writing those fishy stories in order to be in with a chance to win the fabulous fly box and 40 flies!