A ladies’ day out chasing rainbows for a good cause
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. A fun day out is assured.