There are some days in the year that stand out from the rest, such as St. Patricks day and Halloween. These days are significant as both herald the coming of spring and winter respectively. The Show Day in Mohill is another one of those days for me. It signifies the fast approaching autumn and the last leg of the trout fishing season.
Daylight hours are receding and the evenings are tinged with a cool bite. Fly life is still fairly plentiful on the water but not as plentiful as it was. Fish are eager to put on weight.
How clever is nature when it came up with the Crane Fly or “Daddy long legs”, as most will know it. The crane fly is a very hefty mouthful for any self-respecting trout and it just so happens that from mid August onwards, Crane fly hatch profusely. These awkward dangly creatures are easily blown on to water and their struggling on the surface film is certain to gain the attention of any trout in the vicinity.
It is this reason why from early August I always have a “Daddy” on my cast. A “Gold Head Daddy” works very effectively on both river and lake and well worth giving a try if you have not tried before this.
Mohill Foroige Introduction to Angling: Last week Rinn-Shannon and District Angling Club hosted the Mohill Foroige junior group in an “Introduction to angling” morning. The nine-member group took to the water under the careful mentorship of Paul Beck and Nick Richards. The first lap of the lake was highlighted by numerous sightings of trout jumping clear out of the water and added to the excitement.
The weather turned inclement but the hardy group insisted on staying out until a fish was caught. Luckily enough young Gerry McCrann soon expertly landed a fine 2lb rainbow, which satisfied all onboard that it was time to get out of the relentless rain. A fantastic morning was had, and the club hopes to host similar events in the future.
Rinn-Shannon and District Angling Club: The club is delighted to announce that Lough Rowan/Laura Lake has recently been restocked with over 1500 fin perfect rainbow trout. This restocking should see a lot more activity on the lake, both in anglers and hopefully the fish! New members are always welcome and day tickets are available, see www.rinnshannon.com for details. Until next time, tight lines.