The competition was held from 10am to 6pm, Leinster Chairman Noel Shiels and Stan McKeown were on hand to take sign ins, all competitors were given rules and scorecards and
almost everyone turned up on time, well you always have one straggler.
The boats set out at 10am and headed for their desired
areas, I was happy enough for Colin to go where he wanted, but I assured him if things were not going to plan we would move, as i know a little about Lough Owel myself. It was a calm overcast morning but you knew it was still spring as there was a cold bite
in the air.
As we pulled up to the Graveyard, a known area for Olives and normally a good spot to start , there were lots of
boats behind us in Dolans Bay, second thoughts started to creep into my head as Dolnas Bay gets a huge hatch of olives. There were also boats dotted along the shoreline in front of us and a few boats hanging deep off the kettle. I started with some dry olives
as there were good hatches on the lake over the last few days prior to this match. After about 20 minutes and no sign of olives or fish , Colin moved the boat out into deeper water, I changed to a DI-3 and some wets. Colin was on a DI-5. Without as much
as a pull, we moved again down the shoreline. DJ Byrnes was repeating the same drift again , so we pulled alongside but out deeper. It did not take long and we were into fish, unfortunately the fish were all around 13.5 inches to 13.75 inches. The competition
was run on a 14 inch limit , where you killed your first two over 14 inches and then recorded every other fish over 14 inches you caught on your score card and then released the fish. We repeated the drift again, to see if we could catch some bigger fish.
Lough Owel has been very good to me over the years and I basically use the same fly’s when pulling throughout the season. I had a silver Daddy on the top dropper, a yellow stimulator on the middle dropper and a white cormorant on the point. The majority
of the fish In the lake are stocked triploid browns, but there are a number of wild fish in the lake and some very big ones. These fish are known to feed heavily on stickleback, even when fly hatches occur on the lake.