Magherafelt woman Ruth Arrell is top Irish angler

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Lady Angler Ruth Arrell from Magherafelt, Co Derry was one of the top Irish rods at last weeks International for Ladies Flyfishing at the Carron Valley Fishery, in Stirling, Scotland.

The Home Internationals for Ladies Fly-fishing are fished between teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland each year. Next year’s Home International will be held on Lough Melvin, out of Garrison, Co. Fermanagh.

This was Ruth’s second International cap for Ireland in Ladies Flyfishing. Ruth fishes regularly at Loughmacrory lake and is a member of the Loughmacrory & Murrins District Angling Association.

The Loughmacrory Angling Club hosted a trial for the Irish Ladies Team in April with lady anglers from the four provinces of Ireland competing for places to fish on next year’s International Team on Lough Melvin.

Ruth was the winner of the ladies team fishing trial at Loughmacrory, seen in photo receiving her prize from Irish Ladies Flyfishing Chairperson Julie Gerry.

Ruth also enjoyed a great week’s fishing at Carron Valley, in Scotland having travelled over the week prior to the International, fishing each day to get to know the fishery and helping with the ladies team for the International match day between the four countries.

Prior to the team leaving for Scotland, the President of Ireland Michael D.Higgins invited the Irish Ladies Team to Aras an Uachtarain to a reception for the team and to wish them good luck and tight lines.