The Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association (ILFA) held their 4th and final trial of the 2014 season on the lovely waters of Eskragh Lough, near Dungannon, Co Tyrone.
Although autumn had already announced itself during the previous week, the weather held beautifully for the day and fishing was carried out in near perfect conditions with a very mild south-easterly breeze crossing the lake up to lunch time.
A stronger wind predicted by the met office kicked in towards the end of the day but did not deter from a very enjoyable outing.
Julie Gerry from Maynooth in Co. Kildare (who was the eventual winner with nine fish), concentrated her morning efforts at the top of the lake and had most success on an intermediate line and a yellow blob.
The afternoon saw Julie move down the lake towards the pier where she continued to catch fish on blobs.
Madeleine Kelly from Hilltown in Co Down (who was 2nd), had the opposite tactic; choosing to spend the morning at the pier area and the afternoon towards the top of the lake. Madeleine finished with seven fish and found a Di3 line and a 2-tone blob to be the most successful.
For the rest of the women fishing, intermediate or Di3 lines the blobs were the most successful combination for the day and nearly everyone caught fish including the 3 new members, Orlaith O’Hagan from Dundalk, Deirdre McConnell from Co. Dublin and Liz Dermott from Co. Antrim.
The ILFA would like to thank the members of the Dundalk Angling Club who volunteered their boating services for the day.
The ILFA have now completed the 2014 league and the women that have qualified for the 2015 team will be taking part in the International Ladies Flyfishing Championships to be held on the English waters of Grafham Water in June 2015.
Women aged over 18 who would like to try flyfishing are very welcome to attend their training days (tackle and experience are not necessary).
Full ILFA information can be found on Facebook or visit www.irishladiesflyfishing.com