GAULSMOYLES CARP FISHERY: I dropped out to Gaulsmoyles Carp Fishery last Saturday and had some great sport catching colourful carp. No monsters, but it was great to catch a few fish while I had the grandchildren on board. Dave Brennan has a fantastic set up on Gaulsmoylestown and its certainly young angler friendly with many ornamental birds and also a fairy garden in place. Its well worth a days fishing, and it is ideal for a family picnic. On Sunday there is normally match competitions so Saturday is the family day out and Dave can be contacted on 085-7206650. On Gaulmoylestown that day I met some keen anglers and quite a few travelled down from Dublin to enjoy angling in the Midlands. Des Frazir who works in Southside Angling Center in Dublin owned by Ennell club member Dave McBride was on Gaulmoylestown Fishery and told me he loves the place and its beautiful wild features, not like you regular man made ponds or fisheries. Nickie Brennan and Keith Eyre were also having some fun catching carp. The Flanagan Clan caught a few fish and for small carp they really gave a good battle on light gear.

OWEL ANGLERS. I had 2 days on Owel early last week in lovely conditions for trolling and it was very hard fishing. Only small jack pike and perch took a shine to my colorful lures and the few fly anglers I met were also struggling. It will pick up in the coming weeks and we have some great news from Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association as they have three fly competitions penciled in for the coming weeks. L.O.T.P.A. Hon-Secretary Stan McKeon tells us the Dan Mullally evening competition will be fished on Wednesday August 12th with fishing from 7pm-11pm. The weigh-in is at Tullaghan Shore. The following Sunday we fish the popular Patti Doolin memorial Shield with fishing from 11am-7pm and on September 12th the Clonhugh Cup will be fished from 11am-7pm. All above competitions are fly only and you must be a member of Lough Owel Trout Preservation to take part in these competitions. Membership is open and can be payed on competition day.

MOUNT FALCON: Now that travel restrictions are lifted anglers are wetting lines across the country and we have news of some salmon angling special offers on the River Moy on Mount Falcon Estate. Stuart Price is the fishery manager and I have met Stuart on my travels to the angling media events over the years. It’s a fantastic fishery and also has fantastic family packages for woodland trails, biking trips, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and a golf driving range. Mind you, it’s the angling bit I was most interested in as Stuart tells us for the firs time in 15 years they are doing day tickets for Mount Falcon Fishery. Now is you chance to fish this famous river. Fly Fishing only is €150 per day, bait and spinning is €75 per day and advance booking is required. Stuart can be contacted on 087-2831776 or if you would like to check what’s on offer have a look at

WHITELAKE CRACKER: The Whitelake in North Westmeath is still producing some fine rainbow trout and Paul Farrell was once again on this fishery and caught a cracking 5lbs 15oz rainbow. Noel McCabe keeps us up to date on the angling scene on the Whitelake and we will feature more super trout from the Whitelake before the season ends.

LENE COMPETITION: Gerry Heaslip was in touch with Angling Focus and on Saturday August 29th he hopes to run a charity fly angling competition on Lough Lene. This event was penciled in for last St Patrick Day, but was cancelled due to Covid- 19. All proceeds from this competition are going to The Irish Cancer Society and anglers are asked to support this event. Registration is from 9:30 that morning at Fagan’s Point.  For more on this contact Gerry on 086-2253126.

MOUNT DALTON: This magical fly only trout fishery nests just outside Rathconrath and is hugely popular with local and visiting anglers. It regularly produces some beautiful brown trout and Davie Blyth was in the thick of the action recently fishing with Pauric Martin, as was Kevin Battle who also spent an evening on Mount Dalton with Rob Connor. Kevin recently retired from Eircom and is enjoying his fishing and shooting big time. Kevin featured years back in local papers and he made the Irish International Dog Trialing team with his Black Labrador Lena Boy Shakespeare, if memory serves me right. That was his kennel name and I knew this fantastic dog as Grouse as I worked the dog for years. Anyway, Mount Dalton is open and if you fancy a day call 044-9355241.

COUNTRYSIDE ALIANCE IRELAND: I was in touch with Gary McCartney, Regional Director of Countryside Alliance Ireland and I have put pen to paper for their monthly Newsletter. The August newsletter is available online now and can be checked out on It’s a great chance to promote angling and shooting in the greater Midlands area and hopefully it will attract a few Countryside Alliance members to the Midlands.

Mick Flanagan

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