An Irish Jewel – The Magical Mayfly on Lough Sheelin

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BAC Geoff Hylands with a lovely Brownie taken on the Mayfly on Lough Sheelin on 18 May 2019

For a few years some of the Club’s anglers have been making the annual treck to Lough Sheelin in anticipation of some great Mayfly fishing. This year Joe Curran, Andy Holden, Geoff Hylands, Sam Watt and a few others headed to Sheelin during w/c 13 May.

Lough Sheelin is one of Ireland’s great limestone loughs with an area of approximately 4,000 acres. It is located in the Midlands on the borders of Counties Cavan, Meath and Westmeath. It is a rich limestone Lough holding a large stock of big Brown Trout. Every year during the Mayfly hatch it attracts anglers from all over Ireland and further afield to try and catch ‘a fish of a lifetime’.

The conditions this year were reasonably good and there was Mayfly hatching. Joe, Andy, Geoff and Sam fished for 3 days and they experienced some of the best Mayfly fishing that Sheelin and Ireland has to offer. The fish were feeding in pods and a well presented fly done the business. During the 3 days they caught 45 of Sheelin’s beautiful golden Brown Trout up to 6lbs. This really was an exceptional fishing trip to one of Ireland’s best Mayfly loughs.