Early Season Fishing on Leitrim's
Jarlaith Gallagher reports on some excellent early season trout fishing on some of Leitrim's "lesser" known rivers and streams. Since the traditional season opening on March 1st, Jarlaith has employed a variety of tactics and fly choices when faced with changing weather conditions and water-levels in the South Leitrim area.
Weighted patterns are excellent trout locators at this time of the season
Fishing light tackle for small yet pristine wild brown trout provides the seasoned angler with some terrific sport in the early part of the season when hatches are few and far between. Equipped with a 7foot 4weight brook rod, matching reel, floating line and a mixture of weighted nymphs, spiders and tiny dryfly patterns each tied on barbless hooks, Jarlaith consistently encounters excellent returns on all of the rivers he targets in his spare time.
Jarlaith's piscatorial accomplice John casts to a likely pool.
While trout in these locations are traditionally small, fishing light tackle gives the angler more bang for their buck with these beautiful fish more than capable of giving a decent account for themselves while putting a sustained bend in your flyrod until eventual capture. Jarlaith practices catch and release and therefore uses barbless hooks to ensure minimal damage to these fish which are returned to grow even bigger and provide further sport to future anglers as the season progresses.
Another beautifully marked trout slides over Jarlaith's net as March comes to a close
FISHING THE DUO METHOD FOR EARLY SEASON TROUT