Crannmor Guesthouse, Trim, Co Meath Ireland

Trout fishing reports

A season of surprises

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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

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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

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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