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Press Release 18th October 2006


The first qualifying heat for the Scierra Winter League Fly Fishing competition took place on Saturday, 14th October at Annamoe Trout Fishery, Annamoe Co. Wicklow. The weather was unusually mild for this time of year giving a calm and overcast day with temperatures of 15 degrees. This resulted in water temperatures of 13 degrees, perfect for rainbow trout fishing!

The 16 competing anglers were eager to get started as soon as the whistle blew at 10.30am. During the course of the 4 hour competition, 44 fish were caught by 15 anglers. Anglers travelled long distances to compete including Tommy Noonan from Cashel, Co Tipperary. Tommy managed to land 4 of his 6 trout in the first hour of the competition! At the end of the competition, he landed 8 nice rainbows each averaging 1.5kgs and this bag was enough for him to become the overall winner. His method of fishing comprised of a floating line with a sink tip, boobies and dawson olive lures.

In second place was Derek Doyle from Greystones, Co. Wicklow with 5 trout caught on a similar line to Tommy along with a cats whisker and a twinkle hares ear. John Coughlan from Monasterevin, Co Kildare secured third place in the heat with 4 fish.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The next qualifying heat for the Scierra Winter League is scheduled to take place on SATURDAY, 21st OCTOBER in Annamoe Trout Fishery. Fishing times are 10.30am – 2.30pm (please arrive at 10am to draw pegs). The first 4 finishers in each heat will qualify for the grand final on Saturday 2nd December. The competition is catch and release only, single fly, barbless hooks, indicators not permitted. To sign up for the next heats, please contact Brian Nally, Annamoe Trout Fishery, 0404 45470


Media enquiries: Marketing Angling Co-ordinator, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 087 2746127

Notes to Editor:

Annamoe Trout Fishery is a 4 acre fly fishing lake set in the village of Annamoe, Co Wicklow on the banks of the Avonmore River.

The Fishery consists of a fly fishing lake and a Junior Bait Pond. The fly fishing lake is open all year round allowing you to fish for brown or rainbow trout from 10am till dusk. Angling equipment is available for hire and flycasting tuition can be arranged by prior appointment. Corporate outings are also welcomed. The Junior Bait pond is open from 12.00pm until 6.00pm during weekends in April, May and September and 7 days a week during June and July.

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