“I GOT some good news recently with confirmation of my selection for the Irish squad ahead of June’s ITFFA International Team event in Scotland.
“Two of my Dromore colleagues, Stuart McMurran and Andrew Sloan, will also be representing Northern Ireland within the seven-man panel.
“We held a practice day on Saturday ahead of the Home Internationals, plus collected items from our two main sponsors Thinkfish of Spain and Italy’s Maxia.
“Each member of the team was presented with an 11-foot nymphing rod and high-performance reel, along with various other items.
“Anyone interested in coming on board as a sponsor can get in touch via my website listed at the end of the column.
“The Liffey practice day went well, with everyone catching plenty of measurable fish, the bulk of which came to dry flies in the afternoon session.
“Staying on the competition theme, the Dromore and Banbridge clubs held competitions over the Easter weekend.
“Warren Campbell has made it two-in-a-row now at Dromore on the Lagan thanks to his success.
“Nigel Russell was second while his son, Mathew, took third place.
“Those fishing the competition reported plenty falling to nymph, dries and streamer tactics despite the low water conditions.
“The Banbridge Easter Monday competition on the Bann was well-supported and saw Lurgan’s Trevor Jones go to the top of the leaderboard in the quest for the ‘Angler of the Year’ honour.
“He produced a fabulous one-and-three-quarter pound trout from the Lenaderg stretch of the river to his favourite method, the dryfly.
“Sam Grant took second place, while the competition secretary - Wilson Clingan - was third.
“The river fished well, with all competitors reporting fish to a variety of methods.
“The Cusher, while falling lower and lower and ‘on its bones’, is still producing fish to those prepared to be patient and employ good rivercraft.
“Thomas Russell and Ryan Blakely from Laurelvale fished the river at Tandragee and recorded over 30 between them in the 15-to-25cm range.
“The youngsters employed the duo technique of a small nymph fished below a klinkhammer dryfly.
“The better fish on the river will be keeping their heads down with the low flows and drop in temperatures.
“Eskragh Lough, near Dungannon, is producing quality rainbows, with ‘tails like shovels’ a common phrase being used at present.
“Neil Cardwell and Jason Russell reported 12 rainbows to their boat on Easter Sunday, up to around four pounds weight.
“An Airflow Di 3 sweep line was the line of choice, with humungus and cormorants on the business end of things.
“Over at Glenkeen, Arthur Magennis lifted the first ‘Angler of the Week’ title for April, with 24 fish to show for his day’s outing.
“The changeable weather conditions resulted in fish feeding at a variety of levels, with anglers landing using dry flies, lures and buzzers.
“The bait lake continued to fish well over the weekend, with anglers landing their full ticket within good times.
“Worming and spinning both proved effective.
“If you are looking to hold an event at the venue please contact the fishery for further information.
“Shaw’s Lake is fishing very well indeed and there have been good over-wintered browns and rainbows caught of late.
“Tom King caught three browns between 3lb and 4lb in weight, on blood worm and gold bead hare’s ear,
“Seagahan Lake in doing very well also, a fabulous brown trout of 4lb was caught and returned and Armagh club anglers would ask members to send in photographs to the website.
“Lowery’s is proving to be fishing the best of all Armagh anglers’ lakes, with a super brown trout of 7lb 12ozs (cock fish) caught on a small lure and returned.
“To book a boat ring the Hatchery on (028) 37 511738 between 9.30-11.30 either the morning of your trip or the previous day.”
For further information visit www.brflyfishing.co.uk.