Lough Arrow is one of Ireland outstanding brown trout fisheries. It is well renowned for the quality of trout and it was here that the technique of spent gnat fishing with dry flies was pioneered in the early 1900’s. The wild trout average 1lb(.45kg) and fish to 6 lbs (2.7kg) are a possibility on the fly due to the rich feeding in this very productive limestone water.The lough lies fifteen miles southeast of Sligo town, four miles north west of Boyle, Co.Roscommon. Ballymote is six miles to the westand the village of Ballyfarnon lies three miles to the east. The trout season opens on the 1st of April ending the 30th of September – anglers visiting the lake will need to abide by the rules and regulations which can be found on the north west fisheries web site.There is public access at Brick Pier on Ballinafad Pier on the southern shore and Rinn Ban Pier on the western shore. There are also various private access points some of which may be used with the owners permission.The best of green peter fishing can be enjoyed late into the night during the months of June, July and August. Some heart stoppoing takes can be experience as the fish move up from the deeps in persue of an evening snack. The appearance of the green peter is determended however by the weather which must remain mild during the hatch.Some evenings the hatch may only last as little as 20 minutes depending on the evening temperatures, however if you are in the right place at the right time the fishing is incredible. The lake itself is well marked and safe to navigate around, however it is advisable to book a guide if you intened to fish this beautiful lake for the first time.
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