The fishing on Lough Sheelin this past week has slowed, however some fine fish were caught up to 4lb+. This years may fly hatch is now almost at an end, however some fabulous fish were caught up to 9lbs both on hatching greens and spent gnat. Towards the end of the May Fly hatch, trout often ignore May Fly patterns that have been presented to them; its often because they are feeding on sedge pupae just below the surface.
Sedges are the aquatic cousins to butterflies and moths.
The first stage of the sedges life is the larva where it builds itself a protective case from lake or riverbed debris. It stays in this form for up to a year, before gradually changing into the pupae stage. Once mature, the pupa eats ots way out of its protective case before swimming to the surface. The final stage is the adult sedge. Its main characteristics are its tent-shaped wings and long antennae. Although some species are active during the day time, most sedges hatch during the evening and at night time. Its when the adults return to the water to lay their eggs, often skittering across the water’s surface, that some truly heart stopping angling can be enjoyed.
The Kells Sheelin classic was fished on Sunday the 13thof June. 120+ anglers from all over the county fished this well organised annual trout competition. Ten trout over 15 inches were weighed in a little after 7pm. This years winner of a new Sheelin boat and trailer was Peadar O Toole with a fine Sheelin trout of 4lb 1OZ. Lough Fishing Buddie Dave Penny finished in 3rd place with a trout of 3lb 6OZ. Well done to both anglers and all other anglers whom practiced catch and release on the day.
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