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Mullingar Tourist Office, Mullingar, Westmeath, Republic of Ireland
Lough Ennell is situated beside the N52, off the Mullingar to Kilbeggan Road in County Westmeath. The lake is 7 km long by 3km wide with an area of 1300 hectares. Lough Ennell is a high pH lake and can carry big numbers of trout.
An important feature of Lough Ennell is its huge area of shallow water, as half the lake is less than 5 meters deep. It also has the some of the best spawning streams of any Lough in Europe. The conformation and colour of Ennell trout is remarkable, being shaped more like a grilse than a trout and coloured like bars of gold.
During March wet fly fishing can be very productive in many parts of the lake especially in shallow water up to a meter deep. Favourite flies are very small: Claret Bumble, Bibbio, Sooty Olive and Fiery Brown fished slowly. Duck Fly commences hatching in large numbers in early April with deep water being the most productive angling location. Normally the May fly hatch starts around the end of May and continues to almost the middle of June.
The best time for Spent Gnat fishing is usually the middle two weeks in June, which can be very rewarding with big fish taken. Popular flies to fish during May fly time are Golden Olive Bumble, Raymond, Murrough, Spent Gnat, Sooty Olive, Cock Robin and local patterns of size 10’s and 12’s even in a big wave. Big hatches of Welshmen’s Button (Sedge) continue to the end of June to tempt the larger trout to the surface.