Sweethope fishery weekly report. 25th April 2016

Looking out of the window as I write this report I notice that it is unseasonably snowing, I hope the couple out on the Great Lough manage to find some fish!

Returns have been spectacular of late with all visiting anglers commenting on the quality of the fish. There have been insects hatching all over and a welcome return of swallows feeding on the water. The Osprey has also been sighted so Summer can’t be far behind.

On Friday Ross Cameron brought 23 fish to the boat, fishing with a Black Prince, Saturday saw an even more impressive performance from Walter Robson and Gary Hayes bringing 24 and 25 fish to the boat respectively, the most effective fly pattern being a damsel.

Yesterday we hosted a heat of the Scierra Pairs competition and again the lake fished well. James Carr and Steve Cochrane managed to catch their bag of 8 fish within 55 minutes. The competition was won by John Brown and Andy Campbell with a bag weighing 20lb 1oz, 2nd Dean Bell and Gordon Pollock with 19lb 10oz and 3rd James Carr and Steve Cochrane with a bag of 19lb. The results were very close and there were small margins of ounces between competitors. The best fish were caught by  Dean Bell and Peter Crowe, both fish weighing in at 3lb 15 oz.

Also on Sunday, on the small lake Ernie Craster from Norton brought 20 rainbow and 4 blue trout to the net, fishing with buzzers.


Number of fish taken: 61 rainbow trout

Number of fish returned: 296

Number of visiting rods:54

Successful fly patterns: Montana, Buzzers, Green Hopper, Fritz, Olive, Damsels, Driies, P.T.N., Diawl Bach, Cats Whisker, Emerger.


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