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Pike spawning late

Posted in Category(ies):  Pike fishing reports

Low water levels and rapid rise in water temperatures slowed the move to the spawning beds. The usual beds were empty of any moisture whatsoever forcing the hens to spawn in a more hostile environment. Disappointing personally as I look forward to seeing these wonderful animals frolicking in the shallows with dorsals, heads and tails regularily breaching the surface.

All through April pike fishing was good with best results going to the enigmatic fly. Water temperatures were ideal for fly fishing as the pike were in the shallows however this quickly changed toward the latter part of the month due to a hot spell. April is a great month for pike fishing and this one has been no exception.

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Posted on Sunday, 3 June 2012  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Pike have spawned !

Posted in Category(ies):  Pike fishing reports

Each year at this time the where abouts of the big hens is always a great topic for discussion among dedicated pike anglers. I am always perplexed as to what exactly happens during the spawning period. One thing I have done over a number of years is to have my observers alert me to movement to the spawning beds so I can go and see first hand this wonderful sight. This year I had only one such chance to see these great fish do their thing. Unlike previous years it was a brief occasion one I very nearly missed. This year it happened very quickly and the trigger was a rise in water levels at the end of February and the beginning of March and a water temperature of 45 fah approx. The water went down very quickly in March and the pike disappeared into the first level post spawning. This level is different in nearly all the lakes I fish so putting a figure on it could be misleading. However those same fish are now deeper and are ready to start to feed up on the next level. The water is now starting to warm up to the 50 mark and this will see the movement of the next phase of spawning that of the course fish. On a recent outing it was obvious that the jacks were finished with their amorous excursions into the shallows as they hit shoals of roach over deep water. Let me say that you will still find pike that have not spawned right up into May as I have experienced on a number of occasions. These are of course exceptions that sometimes end in fish succumbing as the water temperature increases. To conclude my strategy for catching big pike this month is to look for the holes just off the beds.

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Posted on Tuesday, 5 April 2011  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

A season of surprises

Posted in Category(ies):  Trout fishing reports

Looking back on the year's trout season it will be the one I will remember most for some outstanding fishing often completely unexpected and in conditions contrary to all the rules. With a quiet start in the olive hatch where nothing spectacular happened to A May fly where all hell broke loose in cold harsh North Westerlies and big trout on the move. My good friend from Derbyshire on his second day of fishing responded to a dimple on the bow side of the boat and landed a 9 lb plus brown, just like that, no fuss. Some days later similar conditions a 7 lb plus again no fuss. These type of fishermen have one thing in common, they don't get excited and know when and when not to apply pressure. The following week everything went into reverse, bright sun and flat calm and consequently no fish caught except by one chappie with the help of a very gentle breeze which caused a slick paralell to a very small island. The result was amazing 4 fish 40 minutes for 16.5 lbs. This was a performance which was flawless by an absolute dry fly genius. Ofcourse there were a few days when things did not work out. My Bowman after a day of many small fish in the 11th hour struck a cracker which immediately broke water and broke an 8 lb tippet was one such occasion. What weight was this fish ? perhaps 7 lbs and a big bit. I should mention that all of the fish mentioned were returned save a few ( smaller ) which were taken for eating. These are a few snippets of the season past which made for me a memorable experience, ones to be treasured until the light goes out.

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Posted on Tuesday, 26 October 2010  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Nymphs, spinners and sedge

Posted in Category(ies):  Trout fishing reports
My good friend and master of the art Tommy took to the river away from the maddening crowd and into tranquility of an esoteric experience on the Boyne. No time to look at the surrounds when the river is boiling with browns on a frantic feed, all piled up in tight corners eagerly sipping ,gulping and splashing at the abundant food supply heading down stream. " Whats it going to be Tommy ? "  " They are nymphing and I'll prove it to you." First cast 15 inches and a neat 1.5 lbs pretty convincing for a young aspiring great. " I think they are on the sherry and I'll prove it." First cast bang 13 inches 1 lb, 3rd cast 12 inches .75 lbs good we were both right. Just for fun we switched to the sedge pattern that Tommy loves and the hits went on and on. After 10 pm the sedges came on heavy and more fish were caught however this only lasted  for 15 minutes. Then it was back to the spent for the remainer of the longest day of the year. Most enjoyable evening shared with a good friend and fisherman.

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Posted on Wednesday, 23 June 2010  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Ephemerella ignita

Posted in Category(ies):  Trout fishing reports

Ephemerella ignita has arrived on the river Boyne in considerable numbers and the trout have responded accordingly. Last evening was my first outing with the bwo and what a great one it was. Trout after trout came to the surface to take this medium sized olive unique on the Boyne as it is the mainstay invertebrate on the diet of Trutta Trutta . The spinner of this upwinged fly is of particular signifigance as dark approaches and the female is the most sought after. Male spinners tend to be more obvious in the early morning as light is coming but from my experience are not taken with such vigour. The sheer volume of the hatch last evening was very impressive and was only shadowed by an equally strong showing of Brown sedge with some Grey flags interspersed. The Boyne is in a very healthy state when one sees these great hatches taking place however this was not reflected throughout the club stretches on the same evening. Perhaps hatches are unique to individual areas of the river just like our large Loughs and that factors influencing the hatch are not just right all at the same time.

The trout I caught were in very good condition, fat and well muscled. Many were from a pound up, of course this was due to selection and all were returned into the luke warm water. I was delighted to see the Boyne in such great order reminiscent of those great days many years ago when islands and secondary banks abounded. The Boyne is coming back and is nearly to where it was over 40 years ago one of Irelands greatest wild brown trout fisheries not to mention its prowess as a salmon river.

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Posted on Wednesday, 16 June 2010  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

May fly time

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The May fly hatch

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Posted on Friday, 28 May 2010  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Pike fishing !

Posted in Category(ies):  Pike fishing reports

Pike fishing for me over the past 8 weeks has been non existent primarily due to high water levels and the knowledge that pike switch off when turnover occurs. This is similar to melt down in North America when Spring temperatures release huge volumes of water into the rivers and lakes.

Towards the end of October I made a couple of trips to Monaghan for pike and had reasonable success with 4 nice fish each day. Both days were bright and with a little chill and fish were at 25 feet and sluggish, responding to smaller lures in preference to larger. Since then I have been on the water only to retrieve boats isolated by the floods and for a little wildfowling. Now that the waters are receeding I will hopefully venture out before the week end.

2009 overall was a good pike year given that waters were high even during July and august not to mention the past month. Waters temperatures stayed well within the limits suitable for high pike activity levels and this also ensured low concentrations of algae bloom making it suitable for fly fishing. I am looking forward to doing some winter piking in the year ahead. Happy X mas to all readers.

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Posted on Tuesday, 8 December 2009  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Good trout fishing ends abruptly

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Last week was one of my best for trout for many years with great numbers and quality. It all came to an end on Thursday with the Boyne raging for most of its 70 mile course . Wednesday the Boyne fished from early morning to late evening despite strong winds and some heavy showers all looked good for another spectacular day on Thursday however it did not happen. Over night the river rose 1 foot and was heavily stained.

Best flies for me where the black knat ( Bibio johannis ) size 18, the BWO ( Ephemerella ignita ) size 18 and the reed smut ( Simulium spp. ) Size and shape were most important and of course good presentation was imperative with .16mm at the tip. The best fish was 2.4 lbs but the majority were in the 12 inch category. Overall the short fishing week was very productive and exciting however it will be 5 days before normality returns provided we have little rain in between. Next week is looking as though we might have more rain and wind so the lake will be the preferred option.

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Posted on Saturday, 22 August 2009  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Hungry for wild browns

Posted in Category(ies):  Trout fishing reports

The past two weeks have been excellent for trout fishing with plenty of fish each day and evening. I fished 3 midland lakes and one in the West of Ireland and can only report positively on all venues. Peter fishing was good on each venue with some nice fish taking whole heartedly when conditions were favourable. Fishing in the big wave was always difficult and least productive given that the trout did not favour it and the angler had some difficulty coping with it. Intermediates fished poorly in these conditions and always came out 2nd best to the floater, despite knowing this I persisted on one occasion and paid the ultimate price, my boating companion kept the flag flying.

Fishing on the Boyne has been very good even with slightly high and marginally coloured water. Plenty of simulium about during the day with a good trickle of olives. Evening time good hatches of BWO with a gradual move to sedges before dark and plenty of fish showing. The Boyne has a good run of salmon presently which is very encouraging and hopefully augers well for the seasons ahead. I am very optimistic that the season will finish very well this year on lake and river something to bring us trout anglers through the long winter.

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Posted on Tuesday, 11 August 2009  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments

Good trout on lake and river

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Last week was very good for trout on lake and river with lots of fly about. For the lake however it was mostly a case of finding where the fry were and then waiting for conditions to come right for the surface mop up to begin. Trout feeding on fry do so by racing through shoals, scattering them and then picking them off  individually. We fished fry patterns for most of our outings but claret dabblers were the most successful with the silver invicta  and green peter  close seconds. The versatility of the green peter never ceases to amaze me, it must be surely one of the greatest flies on Irish waters. I have some 40 different variations of the peter and all of them have worked at some time or other.

The river scene produced some nice trout with small size  ( 20 ) in the BWO. Despite some heavy rain showers and consequent colouration in the water the trout remained active. We also fished some upstream nymphs to size 20 with similar success. Best pattern was the pheasant tail with gold bead. Trout on the Boyne are in superb condition and in good numbers also. We had a good number of fish over 32 cms and a handful over 34. I expect that trout fishing will continue to fish well for the coming week and hopefully for the bank holiday week end and The World Cup on Lough Mask.

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Posted on Sunday, 19 July 2009  |  By Marc O'Regan  |  0 comments