Positives and negatives

Jarlaith Gallagher heading out on Lough Rowan for the "evening rise".
I am sure you shall all agree that the last week has been just what the doctor ordered.

I am sure you shall all agree that the last week has been just what the doctor ordered.

My endless letters and emails to the Ministry of Weather have finally been answered.

Mind you I was not greedy, just a week to start off with, a kind of appetizer so to speak, followed up by a short spell of precipitation to keep the dust down and for growths sake.

So far my request is going exactly to plan, and let’s hope by the end of September it will hard to distinguish an Irishman from a Sicilian!

Positives and Negatives

Unfortunately for us anglers, the glorious weather does us no favours. Fish are very sensitive to bright light, possibly a lot to do with not having eyelids, so a red-hot day is going to send fish to deeper waters.

There is always a positive to every negative and in this case, the sun’s rays promote all types of weed growth and boosts insect activity such as buzzers, sedge, and damsels along with the aquatic mollusks.

All of which feature heavily on the trout’s menu and with an abundance of food on offer, trout quickly gain weight and therefore good fighting condition.

If you are going to fish in the heat of the day, then I suggest you get out to deeper water, use a fast sinking line with lures such as the “Humungous” or the “Black & Green Cormorant”, stripping the line in quickly usually does the trick for me in these conditions.

Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club

Hair of the Dog - The recent hot weather put a bit of a damper on angling activity on Lough Rowan.

However a few determined souls ventured out and reports were mixed.

Tony Egan and Miko Wynne had a very successful day on the lake last Sunday with both men landing 6 rainbow trout each, the smallest being 3lb. Word on the shore has it that Tony has discovered some new fly and is being very secretive with its title.

Some are saying that the fly in question has been tied with the hair of Miko’s pet terrier, but I find this hard to believe.

Myself and John Bradshaw took to the water for the evening rise last Wednesday and while John managed to land a fine rainbow in the region of 2.5lb on his favourite fly “The Orange Grouse”,

I hooked and lost three grand fish on my personal favourite fly “The Bold Fenian”. Conditions were quite difficult, no wind and a flat calm, but John still managed to eek out his first fish of 2013.

Now that he has captured his first fish I am sure we shall see a lot more of him on the lake over the coming months.

Preparations are in full swing for the annual “Fun and Family day” hosted by the club.

This year it falls on Sunday July 7th and promises to be even bigger and better than last year’s success.

I shall have full details in my next article.

The club is also in the process of organizing a monthly draw with very attractive prize money on offer. I shall relate the full details also in my next article.

Until then tight lines and stay safe on the water.