Lough Erne, which is only 200 metres from Dulrush Fishing Lodge, is Northern Ireland’s only large limestone water body. As such, it offers some of the finest game fishing Northern Ireland has to offer.
This type of unique and very productive Lough does, for example, offer some of the best trout angling in Europe. During the second or third week in May, Lough Erne has a prolific mayfly hatch. It is at this time that fly-fishing is most productive. At many of the most popular locations, fishing stands have been erected to aid access.
However trout fishing on the Lough is best carried out from a 17ft (5.1m) angling boat with at least a 5hp engine. Shallow areas around islands; shallow bays and drop offs into deep water provide the best fly fishing opportunities.
Mayfly hatches are good and excellent sport can be had using flies such as Gosling, Green Dabblers, Grey Wulff and other mayfly patterns. The usual wet fly patterns such as Fiery Brown, Green Peter and Bumbles will take fish from March-June and again in August/September. Olive hatchers occur in July and with the right conditions, trout fishing can be productive at this time.
Trolling is also a popular method of fishing and offers the best chance of a big trout. Large trout have been taken on lures such as Tasmanian Devils, Rapalas and Silver Spoons.
Brown trout, naturally recruited, are the main quarry of the Lough. In addition an annual stocking of native young fish into the feeder streams is carried out. Anglers visiting this fishery can regularly capture trout up to 5 kg in weight, with the occasional trout between 5 and 9 kg. The average size of trout taken on the fly is between 0.5 kg and 2 kg.