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Lough Talt, County Sligo

Lough Talt

Lough Talt

I am just back from a short flyfishing holiday in the West of Ireland. While i was there, i got to fish some of the smaller lakes, one of which is Lough Talt. It is a very picturesque lake situtated in the foothills of the Ox mountains not far from the Mayo/Sligo border. It is about two hundred acres in size and it holds good stocks of both brown trout and Arctic Charr. The trout are free rising with an average weight of about half of a pound. A fish of a pound weight from Lough Talt, would be considered a good fish.

Bank fishing is easily acccessible on most shores. The North Western Regional Fisheries Board have been granted planning permission this year for a new car park and boat slip. I have not heard as yet what their plans are for the lake itself. Will they be providing boats to fish the lake, will they leave it in its untouched wild state, or will they introduce stock fish from one of their hatcheries like they do on some of the other lakes under their control, or is it just for them to gain easy access to the lake? It remains to be seen.

I went there hoping to fish a good evening rise from the shore should one occur, but it was not to be. It turned out to be a  dull evening with a very blustery cool wind and some heavy showers of rain. With only a sparse amount of sedges appearing i landed four wild brown trout, the best being about three quarters of a pound. All were deceived by a size twelve balloon caddis. I returned them alive to be fooled again another day. I would definitely recommend Lough Talt and i will certainly be returning there for another go at it in the near future, this time having a go fishing it from a boat.

Moon rising over Lough Talt

Moon rising over Lough Talt

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