A ladies’ day out chas­ing rain­bows for a good cause

Bray People - - SPORT - with ASH­LEY HAY­DEN

THE south-east coun­ties of Wick­low and Wex­ford are well served with man­aged rain­bow trout waters. Co. Wick­low fa­cil­i­ties in­clude An­namoe near Laragh, Rath­con close to Grange­con, and the Angling for All fa­cil­ity in Aughrim, while Loch Ma­hon near Adamstown and Bal­ly­hit close to Carne, both in Co. Wex­ford, like their Wick­low coun­ter­parts of­fer ex­pe­ri­enced and novice an­glers qual­ity fish­ing all year round.

Put and take fish­eries as they are termed have no closed sea­son, the ma­jor­ity pro­vid­ing club house fa­cil­i­ties, angling tu­ition, and tackle hire as stan­dard. Bait and fly fish­ing are al­lowed on most waters and they are ideal places to bring a school, youth club, or cor­po­rate out­ing.

Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief the res­i­dent trout, or stock­ies as they are of­ten re­ferred to, are not easy to catch and can out­fox even the most tal­ented of an­glers. On the other hand when hooked they ex­plode into life, strip yards of line off the reel, jump and ca­vort, and gen­er­ally pro­vide a few heart-stop­ping mo­ments be­fore slid­ing into the land­ing net.

With rain­bow trout in these waters grow­ing to over 10 lbs. in weight, it pays to fish with a de­cent strength leader. I gen­er­ally use 8-10 lb. break­ing strain and find that quite ad­e­quate, so long as the fish is given its head and played care­fully.

My best rain­bow hooked at Rath­con, that fine fish­ery run by Der­mot Paige, took a Bibio on the drop­per one May evening, and pro­ceeded to burn my thumb as it stripped me down to the back­ing on its first run. Top­ping ten pounds, it had the con­di­tion of a fresh run steel­head and the power to match.

As part of ‘Fish­eries Aware­ness Week’, In­land Fish­eries Ire­land is run­ning an­other of their very pop­u­lar ‘Ladies’ Fly Cast­ing days’ in aid of Ac­tion Breast Cancer. Tak­ing place on Sun­day, May 15, at Rath­con Trout Fish­ery, Grange­con, Balt­in­glass, Co. Wick­low, the event is aimed at ladies new to or in­ter­ested in tak­ing up fly fish­ing.

Top fe­male cast­ing in­struc­tor Glenda Pow­ell of Black­wa­ter Lodge will lead pro­ceed­ings and par­tic­i­pa­tion is free, how­ever all those tak­ing part are asked to make a do­na­tion to the Ir­ish Cancer So­ci­ety.

If you would like to put your name down please con­tact In­land Fish­eries Ire­land Angling Ad­vi­sor, Mark Corps, on 087-6727194, or e-mail mark.corps@fish­eriesire­land.ie. A fun day out is as­sured.

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