06 May 2013

This Weeks Trouting...

Everything seems to be running a little behind schedule this year but thankfully Spring seems to have eventually sprung and hopefully the fishing generally will soon pick up. I had actually expected that we would be targeting Shad this week but as everything appears to running a little behind schedule this year we decided to put that off for another week or two and to continue to focus our attention on the trout in the meantime.  

Last weekend saw Sam and I back at the River Dodder for a few hours trouting and again we would be using ultra light gear and an array of hard bodied lures, Mepps and small soft plastics to try to tempt some of the bigger fish in the river. However it just seemed to be one of those days where no matter what we tried, the trout were just not interested in any lure we put I front of them. We tried a number of spots that normally produce a fish or two but without any success and we were fast running out of options. We figured that we would try one last stretch of the river before calling it a day. Its a nice deep section that has fished well for us so far this season. I went on ahead to try one particular pool that has fished well for me recently, as Sam made his way along the stretch. First cast and a fish hit the lure but didn't hook up, this happened again and again. I just couldn't seem hook up with any fish and I couldn't figure out why until I looked at the lure a little more closely and realised my mistake, blunt hooks. I replaced the hooks but it was too late I had spooked the fish and blown my chance. It the meantime however Sam gone on to the next pool and within the space of a few minutes had landed two decent sized trout. They turned out to be the only fish of the day and both fish were caught on some interesting little handmade lures that we have been trying out recently.

On my way back I bumped into my friends David and Dawid who were up from Arklow to fish the River Dodder for the day. As I arrived I saw that David had caught a huge trout, I 've never seen a fish like it caught on the Dodder. After a few quick photos and some bemused looks from some people who had rushed over to see what all the commotion was, this fantastic trout was safely returned. Check out David's blog for the full report.


This weekend I wasn't going to make the same mistake as I did last weekend and made sure that any old blunt hooks on the lures were replaced. I popped out for an hour or two on Saturday evening to see if there was anything doing on the river. Things got off to a good start with a couple of small sea and brown trout on mepps and some handmade hard bodied lures. None of the fish were particularly big but to be honest I was just glad to catch a few fish.

I arranged to meet up with Sam again the following morning and we decided to first try a couple of stretches a little further down stream before heading back upstream to where we fished last week. All morning we were tormented by very small trout nipping at the tails of soft plastic lures and following lures but not hooking up. There were plenty of smaller fish around but the bigger fish remained elusive, so we concentrated or efforts on the deeper pools to see if we could locate any there. It took a quite a while and a lot of searching until eventually one of the bigger fish emerged out of the shadows, chased down my lure and a nice trout soon slipped into the net.

We fished on for a while longer trying every likely looking lie and deep pool but with out any more luck. It was looking like that might be the only fish of the day. I suggested that we try one last pool on the way back to the car and I was glad I did because on my first cast in this pool I was in again. Another nice trout to round off another day on the river.

Sunline Small Game Mono

Sunline Small Game FC Leader

My Set-up:
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g
Reel: Shimano Rarenium CI4 2500
Line: Sunline Small Game Mono with 4lb Sunline Small Game FC Leader
Lures:Handmade hard bodied lures and Mepps  

Sam's Set-up:  
Rod: Cormoran ULX 1-9g
Reel: Shimano Stradic CI4 2500
Line: Sunline 8lb super PE braid
Lures: Handmade hard bodied lures and Mepps