THE change in the weather has greatly improved the game fishing scene with all major systems reporting better water conditions and improved catches.
The spring salmon run is coming to a close – a fish of 26lb was caught and released in the Slaney in Kilkenny at the weekend – and the grilse run is well underway. Good catches are reported from the Moy in Mayo, the Drowes in Leitrim, the Finn in Donegal and the Mourne in Tyrone. Book tickets at least 24 hours in advance for popular fisheries such as Glenmore and Sion Mills.
Trout fishing on the big lakes remains good though the Mayfly has finished and anglers have moved on to summer patterns. Stocking will resume at public waters were poor oxygen levels had caused fish kills. Even smaller waters have benefited from the changeable barometer with trout of up to 2lb caught and released in the Enler at Comber.
Meanwhile the Irish International Fly Fair will be held on July 1-2 at Killyleagh Castle in County Down. It is Ireland’s only not for profit Fly Fishing Fair and supports a conservation trust.
While mainly about fly fishing and the art of tying and dressing flies, it covers all aspects of the environment. The trust’s aim is to conserve and promote the natural stocks of sea trout in Strangford Lough through the improvement of the ecology and natural spawning beds in the Dibney River. The Dibney and the Enler flow into Strangford Lough and for the project to succeed the campaign seeks to promote a debate on wider conservation issues in the county Down area.
The fair includes bug tanks, free fly tying instruction and free casting instruction and covers all aspects of safety. Instructors are child protection registered sports instructors. Under 15s will be admitted free of charge.