Ireland 20.09.11

On April 30th, 2012, posted in: Ireland by Comments Off on Ireland 20.09.11

Following some moderate rainfall, the upper river rose 35cm at Millstreet (90km upstream). The lower river however, only rose about 5cm as a result.
The change in the weather nevertheless livened the fish up, and the grilse run has certainly picked up significantly.
Despite low water conditions downriver and very few rods out fishing, we have caught 21 fish in the last 5 days.
Daily catches for the last 5 days were 3,3,3,7 & 5 fish.
The upper river is quieter, with only 4 fish caught above, as most of the rod effort has been concentrating on the lower river
as even fresh grilse don’t seem to be moving very far up. The majority of the fish caught have been grilse,
but we have also landed fish of 7.5, 8.2 & 10.3lb. Yesterday a very large fish was lost on Beat 3 downriver
by one Italian angler, who has caught 8 fish to 10.3lb in the 5 days.
The water clarity is excellent, and – whilst a good number of the fish in the last 5 days fell to shrimp,
the fish are now starting to take the fly more freely.

Prospects
Looking excellent for the coming week as there is more rain forecast for today and Friday.

Catch Statistics – 2011
(to August 9th.)

Method

Feb.

Mar.

April

May

June

July

Aug.

Total

Fly

1

1

18

16

 18

 2

 61

Spinner

2

5

1

23

27

 20

 5

 83

Worm

1

1

3

10

17

 5

 36

Shrimp

1

  8

16

10

 36

Total

3

6

3

45

61

71

27

216

Released

1

4

2

10

30

24

12

 82

The Italians party!

 

Ezio Bertaina came for just one day fishing yesterday.
He had never used a double hand rod before, and booked
a 2 hour lesson with Glenda to learn how to use it.

He then went fishing for the rest of the day
and caught two grilse on the fly, releasing one.

The capture sparked off a celebration & we arranged a
dinner party with Gravad Lax to start (caught by another of the Italian anglers) followed by a Spaghetti Carbonara (prepared in true Italian style by the Italian ladies & finishing off with Ezio’s grilled salmon – not to mention a few bottles of wine!

Definitely a night to remember.