I am sad to say that the trout fishing year on sheelin draws to a close on October 12th.
If I were to cast my mind back to some of my favourite moments on the Lough, it would have to be during the may fly hatch. Spent gnat fishing was spectacular again with the largest fish being taken in the evening from 9pm onwards. It was pleasant to see an increase in anglers from abroad as far from the united states visiting the Lough in pursuit of sheelin trout. Stream rehabilitation on the Lough commences during the month October carrying forward over the next number of months. This work will be carried out by the I.F.I, board of works and the very much dedicated L.S.T.P.A. This vital work will most certainly ensure good fish stocks of wild brown trout in the lake for generations to come. I look forward to another great season in 2016 and would like to take this opportunity to wish all anglers young and old for practising catch and release on this wonderful resource.
The trout season is almost at a conclusion for Lough Sheelin anglers and what a year it was indeed.
The lough fished tremendously well producing large trout in abundance up to 8lbs and above. The lough rose and fell to record highs and lows with temperatures ranging from -4C to +29C over the year. Dispite all of the weather plenty of magnificent trout were caught and released by anglers across the country and beyond. The best of the fishing months was in March, April and again during the May Fly. Early in the season on Lough Sheelin trout are feeding mainly on freshwater shrimp and freshwater louse.
The dry buzzer fishing was also tremendous from sailors garden to bog bay.
Fishing a team of wet flies along rocky shores lines also produced plenty of fish, especially when the day was faintly mild. Useful fly patterns were Hares Ear, Claret & Mallard, Sooty Olive, Dunkeld and a large black lure, fished on the point on a sink tip line. The best areas I found, depending on wind direction were Sailors Garden, the south shore of Derrsheridan, Ross Bay and all of the north shore of the Lough from Chambers Bay to Crover. The Duckfly gave its first major fly hatch in mid April this year and continued well into the middle of May. This Hatch of flies is mainly confined to that part of the lake east of a line from Merry Point to Inchicup Island. The biggest hatches were from Sailors Garden to Bog Bay.
The fly angler should bear in mind two points when fishing Sheelin late in the season.
Best results are generally obtained along sheltered shores in a small to moderate wave. Fishing the evening rise into the night usually gets better results than day time fishing. The feeding habits of the trout are very unpredictable at this time and seem to be governed by weather conditions and water clarity. Under conditions of mild weather and poor water clarity, the trout feed on pupae at the surface.
In cold weather and clear water, they feed deep and are difficult to locate. By far the best fishing at this time of year takes place at dusk. Be careful and get to know the lake. Lough fishing buddies actively encourage all anglers to return as many fish as possible in order to safeguard the welfare of the fish for years to come.
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