TOP woman angler Liz Dermott, from Portadown, landed a 12lb salmon on Lough Melvin in Garrison Bay in Fermanagh on April 13. Liz and husband Mark went fishing last Thursday morning and she hooked into a salmon on an octopus trout fly. She safely landed the fish and returned it to the water. The salmon is the first caught on the fly on Lough Melvin this season.
Liz Dermott is an accomplished flyfisher in the field of trout angling. She is a member of the Irish Ladies International Flyfishing Team gaining her first ladies cap last year at the Scottish International for ladies flyfishing. Liz also fishes on the Irish Disabled Flyfishing Team and was top rod in 2015 at the Disabled Flyfishing International on Lough Melvin.
She will be honing her flyfishing skills over the next few weeks to lead the Irish Ladies Team to success at the Ladies Flyfishing International between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland on Thursday June 15, on Lough Melvin.
Meanwhile Inler Angling Club in Comber is to be the recipient of an environmental award for its work restoring and managing the little trout stream which runs through the town before entering Strangford Lough. It is a catch-and-release fishery for wild brown trout and sea trout. IAC was nominated for the Ards and North Down Civic Awards in the category of Service to the Environment. The club was put forward as a result of river clean-ups, kick sampling and enhancement work. Club volunteers have worked with government agencies and non government organisations to monitor and improve the quality of the river catchment. A spokesman for the club said,
“This is a completely unexpected surprise. We as a club carry out this work because of the fact we are all keen conservationists as well as fishermen and women. The river habitat is important to us as the fish.”
The club has a waiting list for membership but offers day tickets and some season tickets to visiting anglers. The restoration work has been successful despite repeated pollution incidents which have caused major fish kills in the river.