My very own picture postcard, looking downstream from the bridge on Easter Sunday 2003. Since this was taken, the river was dredged with a few rocks deposited at the head of the island. In the summer the water is barley three foot deep but you see a shoal of Roach and Hybrids that is sometimes 50 yards long.
Not quite as nice in December! The water level is often higher than this and you would need wellington boots just to walk along the hot water stretch.
My best returns from the town section have been in this swim. A 30 yard cast with just a light bomb with a single caster will often produce better results than a conventional cage feeder. Beware of Pike sitting just behind the shoal here. I used to drop a bucket of groundbait from the bridge at 3am and wait 'til dawn for a feeding frenzy. On one Friday morning in May 1998, I had almost 100lbs in three hours before I had to pack up to take the shops bait delivery. Some lads arrived from Mohill and the best they managed for the day was 140lb in 12 hours from the swim below me.
The view from downstream on the Roscommon bank. This is the best place to fish in the evenings during late spring/early summer. I often walk the bank at dusk just to watch the fish taking flies off the surface.
Dawn on the island. If you stare at this picture for long enough, some very large Bream will appear to be rolling within casting distance.
I've got a good collection of sunset photo's but I'm sure you will agree this is the finest. Taken by David Mulkeen from Co. Roscommon in January 2009.
Another moody shot, this one was captured in August by John fryer looking out over the "Tenchy" swims near the steps. This is one of the swims where the Tench live throughout the summer. If you choose an early morning session, the fish usually stop feeding when the sun light hits the water. So you only have two hours after dawn and then you can have your breakfast. Tip - Feed your swim with two cans of corn at dusk firing some into the reeds. Use a small bomb and not a feeder casting as close to the reed line as you dare. Be prepared for savage bites. I use 6lb line with a 5lb 6oz hooklength and still lose fish!
This is my favourite sun set shot taken by Aiden Farrell. I don't know what time of year this is, but I'd guess it to be December from the position of the sun.
This is Ray the Duck, he can be seen most days on the hot water stretch and is usually hungry. Ray moved to Lanesborough in March 2008 and had seven friends, some of whom have since vanished. If you get too close, Ray will imagine he is headbutting you.The love of his life is called Linda and when it rains, he get on top of her to keep her dry. Ray died in 2009
Les the Rat lives near the bridge in a hole. He usually comes out at night to feed on the groundbait and maggots left over from a days fishing. Thanx to John Fryer who took this close up when Les ran over his feet.