Sunday, 30 December 2012

2013 Salmon/Sea Trout Regulations

The Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme regulates salmon and sea trout fishing in Ireland and is administered by Inland Fisheries Ireland. Please note that the regulations and bye-laws are subject to change. Contact your local Inland Fisheries Ireland office for information on individual rivers. All salmon rod licence holders must affix a gill tag to all retained salmon (any size), or sea trout (over 40cm).

Regulations Here

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Thursday, 20 December 2012

People are boycotting farmed irish salmon across the country

Irish people are actively boycotting Irish Farmed Salmon, here is why.... See video below:

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Major Protest March Against Salmon Farms

Major Protest March Against Salmon Farms
December 15th in Carrigaline

On the 15th December 2012 NSFAS (No Salmon Farms At Sea), FISSTA, Save Bantry Bay, Save Galway Bay and Friends of the Irish Environment, along with other local and national organisations, will be holding a protest march in Carrigaline against the proposals for the further development of salmon farms around our coast.

We will be congregating at Carrigaline Secondary School at 12.00pm and march from there to Minister Simon Coveney’s constituency office. Minister Coveney has been a strong supporter of the aquaculture industry and we must let him know that his support is misguided and will result in catastrophe not only for our stocks of wild salmon and sea trout but also for the communities and local businesses that depend on there very existence. This is an appeal to all like minded individuals and organisations to show your support for our cause and your opposition for this proposed blight on our coastline.

Please inform your clubs, friends and families and turn up on the day with banners or placards. Let’s give Mr Coveney something to think about over his Christmas holidays.

Farmed Salmon Exposed Ireland

Salmon Farming Ireland Exposed

Saturday, 24 November 2012

2012 Bandon River Brown Trout of the Year

Well done to Colm Dooly for catching Brown Trout of Year for the Bandon River 2012
Bandon Angling Association

Fly Fishing Ireland

Agencies clash over salmon farm plans (published from

TWO government agencies have clashed over plans for a massive deep sea salmon farm off the west coast, which backers say will create 500 jobs. Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) claims it will bring in less than half the employment forecast by the promoters, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM). The seafood agency has applied for a licence to produce 15,000 tonnes of organic-certified salmon each year in Galway bay, in waters 1.7km off Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands. But conservationists in the IFI said they have serious concerns over the location and scale of the farm. The IFI said fears over damage to native habitats and angling are based on science, which found sea lice has devastating effects on wild salmon stocks accounting for up to 39pc of mortalities in stocks. The IFI also disputes the 500 jobs figure and said that based on 2007 production and employment statistics only 202 jobs will be created. It also said proposals for two offshore farms off Mayo and Donegal should be shelved until agencies are satisfied the deep sea plan does not risk Ireland's €230m recreational angling industry. BIM has said its farm plan would produce salmon worth €102m a year and local wages of about €14.5m.
- Ed CartyAgencies clash over salmon farm plans via @independent_ie

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Monday, 12 November 2012

Bandon Drainage Sceme Suspended

Residents and business owners in the town of Bandon have been left completely in the dark this week over the sudden suspension of works on the €3.95 million Bandon Sewerage Scheme which had only begun less than six months ago.
A statement from Cork County Council on Monday said the work "has been suspended due to events beyond the control of either party". It is understood that SIAC Construction who were awarded the contract to undertake the works will demobilize immediately and make safe works already undertaken and Cork County Council anticipate that this contract will be re-advertised as soon as possible.
The Mayor of Bandon, Cllr Gillian Coughlan has expressed her deep concern at the announcement that works have been suspended.
"I am extremely disappointed that work has ground to a halt on Bandon's Main Drainage Scheme. This essential upgrade to the drainage infrastructure which was to separate storm water from foul water was welcomed by residents and businesses alike that were affected by the devastating floods of 2009. While it has been observed that progress had been slow, with less than 10 per cent of the contract completed, it was devastating to learn that works will now cease indefinitely," said Ms Coughlan.
"I am calling on Cork County Council to put this contract to tender again as quickly as possible and to ensure that the funds that were earmarked for this project do not suddenly disappear. It is imperative that work recommences as soon as possible to allay the fears of residents and business people in Bandon as we face a long winter.
"I am mindful that jobs will be lost as a result of this announcement and I am disappointed that the problems between the contractors and Cork County Council could not have been addressed and rectified to the benefit of all," she said.
The contract for the commencement of works was signed in March of this year and the scope of the contract included 14.6km of pipelines, 272 manholes and two pumping stations and the tender submitted by SIAC Construction Ltd was just under €3.95m. The contract was to involve the upgrade and expansion of the sewerage collection network and in addition provides for flood relief works with the construction of tow storm pumping stations and works had already taken place on Watergate Street.
Labour Cllr GearĂ³id Buckley has now called on the Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Mr Brian Hayes to commit the necessary funding to complete the project which he admitted that although there were many issues with the project, a significant amount of work was still completed.
"Cork County Council will now go back to the drawing board, re-evaluate the works and submit for tender once again," said Mr Buckley.
"Due to legal negotiations between both parties it will remain unknown why the contract has been suspended. However one can see that the project ran into several issues over the past number of months. Initially the historical process and subsequent surveys, along with our bad summer weather ensured immediate delays. Coupled with the resignation of the consulting engineers, WYG Engineering, the project ran into many difficulties at such an early stage."
SIAC Construction are also the lead contractors for the construction of flyovers at the Bandon Road and Sarsfield Roundabout and they have refused to comment at this latest development regarding the suspension of works in Bandon.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Sea Bass Fishing Ireland

This short 2 minute video was filmed on the West Cork coastline where a fine Sea Bass was caught and afterwards released.

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Fisherman

Yeats was born in Dublin and educated there and in London, but spent his childhood holidays in County Sligo. He studied poetry in his youth and from an early age was fascinated by both Irish legends and the occult. Those topics feature in the first phase of his work, which lasted roughly until the turn of the 20th century. His earliest volume of verse was published in 1889, and its slow-paced and lyrical poems display Yeats's debts to Edmund Spenser, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the poets of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. From 1900, Yeats's poetry grew more physical and realistic. He largely renounced the transcendental beliefs of his youth, though he remained preoccupied with physical and spiritual masks, as well as with cyclical theories of life.
The Fisherman
By William Butler Yeats 1865–1939

Although I can see him still—
The freckled man who goes
To a gray place on a hill
In gray Connemara clothes
At dawn to cast his flies—
It's long since I began
To call up to the eyes
This wise and simple man.
All day I'd looked in the face
What I had hoped it would be
To write for my own race
And the reality:
The living men that I hate,
The dead man that I loved,
The craven man in his seat,
The insolent unreproved—
And no knave brought to book
Who has won a drunken cheer—
The witty man and his joke
Aimed at the commonest ear,
The clever man who cries
The catch cries of the clown,
The beating down of the wise
And great Art beaten down.

Maybe a twelve-month since
Suddenly I began,
In scorn of this audience,
Imagining a man,
And his sun-freckled face
And gray Connemara cloth,
Climbing up to a place
Where stone is dark with froth,
And the down turn of his wrist
When the flies drop in the stream—
A man who does not exist,
A man who is but a dream;
And cried, “Before I am old
I shall have written him one
Poem maybe as cold
And passionate as the dawn.”

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Record catch has permanent home in Clonbur

Welshman Ceri Jones hooked a place in angling records for Lough Corrib and the Joyce Country region when he landed a 24lb trout on the lake a few miles beyond Clonbur. It’s now officially recorded as the biggest fish ever caught on the Western lakes.It has a permanent home now. On Friday night Ceri handed the fish over to Tigh Bhurca in Clonbur. This is its safe harbour forever more and no bait will lure it away again. And the big one who didn’t get away won’t be lonely either. Ciaran Burke’s wall of fame has other prize catches on display including a nineteen pounder Ceri reeled onto the Corrib shore a few years back.

Ceri is from the Rhondda Valley in South Wales. He’s been coming to this region for close on two decades. Ceri tells of his attraction to the area. “This place is the complete package for me. Between the lakes, the mountains, the beautiful scenery, the fishing but most of all the warmth and welcome of the people it has it all.” And now Ceri has given something back. “There was never a question of the fish going anywhere else. I got an opening offer of $5,000 from an American who collects such catches but I’d never even consider selling it. Clonbur is where the fish should stay and we’ve completed that part of the jigsaw by handing it over here tonight. I got local taxidermist John Thomas from Headford to stuff it and now it’s where I always want it to be.”For a day job Ceri is an angling photographer.

But it’s his telling account of the day that captures this famous fishing trip better than any film ever could. “I knew I had a big one but it’s only when or indeed if you get it in the boat that you know exactly what you have. The reel was smoking and the rod was arcing almost to the point of snapping and then it eased. “But he was still out there on the end of the line and it was only a matter of time and patience to play him. There was a north-easterly wind drifting me from Inchagoill across the main basin towards Dooras Bay. “But I knew he was coming on down the lake with me. It was only when getting him from the water to the net that I realised this could go either way. There’s a thin line (Ceri does puns too) between hero and zero. Land him and they’ll remember you forever but lose him and it was only a one ah well comment in the pub that night.”
Last Friday was another lovely night in Burke’s of Clonbur when Ceri brought the fish back to his spiritual home. Burke’s well-appointed hostelry doesn’t do pomp and ceremony and yet they get decorum spot on. Newly elected Mayor of Galway County Tom Welby travelled from Oughterard and was put upon to say a few words. As he spoke eloquently to honour the occasion Fear a Ti Eoin Burke was scanning the gathering and he also landed a prize catch. Derek Davis of RTE ‘Live at Three’ fame was visiting in the region and when Eoin asked him to add his tuppence worth Derek didn’t disappoint. His lovely speech delivered completely off the cuff went down a treat. It was pitched with humour, sincerity and the words of a man who knew his topic intimately. Clonbur listened attentively and, only pity was, he didn’t keep on talking longer.

The story of Ceri and the giant trout leads down a romantic tangent too. Ceri had far nicer catch that May weekend when he hooked Jackie Lyons from back Connemara way. It was love at first sight and they’re still looking. Where else but in Clonbur would you get such a twist on angling’s oldest yarn.
It’s the story of the one that didn’t get away.

Friday, 15 June 2012

9 lb. 2 oz Specimen Sea Trout from Lough Currane

Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK caught a fantastic 9 lb. 2 oz Specimen Sea Trout using a Black Pennell fly at Lough Currane.

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Cloud and the Bandon - Fly Fishing Bandon River

With a Grilse just landed by his companion, Chris McCully is compelled to cast into a falling river to search for another. This article appeared in Trout & Salmon Magazine in the April 2010 issue. Used by kind permission of Chris McCully and Gardiner Mitchell. Thanks guys.
Read the Article Here in pdf format

Friday, 4 May 2012

A Beginner’s Compact Fly Fishing Guide

Submitted & Written by John Anderson

The fly used in fly fishing may be artificial but the fun and the joy associated with the fishing technique is a 100% genuine. May be it’s about the serene location or the sheer joy of just being out there on the water; we are to unveil the reasons behind its immense popularity.

What could possibly be better than fishing and enjoying blissful scenery all around you at the same time?  It is common for all types of fishing of course, but when it comes to fly fishing, the beauty of it multiply manifold. Fly fishing is one of the most loved and revered of the fishing techniques of all times. It is a way to make the sport less automated and more personal- therefore satisfying and intimate. Thus, we often find fly fishermen making their own flies.

This is unlike traditional fishing where the angler used a hook attached to a worm or some other kind of bait- here artificial flies are used, generally modified from foam, feather, hair, or yarn. What propels the cast here is the weight of the line and not the weight of the lure or the bait.

The fly fishing tackles are also different from the regular ones. Graphite rods are more commonly used. There are also fiberglass rods and rods made from combination materials. Rod selection depends on the ‘line weight’, the rod action as well as the length of it. Fly rod actions are categorized into fully flexing, medium, medium-fast and fast. They become stiffer as they progress from more flexible to the fastest. But one who is just at a beginner phase must opt for a rod in the medium range-it would only make casting easier. The first fly fishing rod must be between 8-9 feet. It is better to have some expert guide you when buying a fly rod. You also might want to opt for a 2 or 3 piece rod if you find it convenient. But make sure you do not compromise on the quality.

Now we come to the fly fishing line. It is more than just a place a spool to store all your line. Drags on the reels helps reduce the stress on the line. The amount of pressure a fish has to apply to peel the line can be regulated by tightening or increasing the drag. These could cost you some big bucks but it is worth every penny.

The line is the most crucial of the tackles in fly fishing. You have to use your hands to manipulate the line unlike that you do when fishing. To connect the fly line to the fly a leader is used. Tapered leaders that are generally used are 9-12 feet long. It is important here to match all the tackles- the rod, reel and the line must complement each other.

There are various types of fly casting and one needs to master them to perfection in order to succeed at the technique. It is better if you have someone to show you how it is done. There are also fly fishing schools where instructors and fishing guides would be more than happy to help you learn fly casting. This could take some time but do not lose hope. Once you are ready, you will start enjoying the sight of an uncoiling fly line and find it incredibly soothing. Tight Lines!

Author Bio: John Anderson is an ardent outdoor enthusiast who has a special interest in fishing and boating. He hails from Australia and has travelled to almost all the wonderful places in the country for one of kind experiences. He is also a proficient author of several outdoor articles on travel with a bias towards boating and fishing.

Friday, 27 April 2012

Salmon Fishing on the Yemen

I finally watched the long awaited movie Salmon Fishing in the Yemen and wasn't disapointed. The Shiek who is somthing of a visionary wants to make his dream a reality by building a river in the desert and stocking it with salmon where everyone can fish together! Its a completely wild and whacky idea. Along the course of the story a series of intriguing twists and turns happen and the idea becomes a 50million pound sterling project! The film draws together an interesting story of romance, dreams coming true, change, desruction and humanity.

One of my favourites lines from the movie: "Faith is the cure that heals all troubles. Without faith there is no hope and no love. Faith comes before hope, and before love." (Sheikh Muhammad ibn Zaidi bani Tihama).

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Iron Blue Dun Hatches on the Bandon River

Well after a very dry start to the season and the water on the Bandon River being very low we have finally had some good rain. This has increased water level. The brown trout are feeding well. There was a great hatch of iron blue dun on the river today with trout feeding non stop on the surface. The swallows were joining in on the feeding session, scooping the water surface of fly. Spring is in full bloom and all manner of wild life is alive and kicking on the banks of the river. Tree's and river side vegetation growing a wealth of green foliage.... Oh how its good to be alive and appreciate the goodness of the natural world and be one with nature on the river journey.
The Iron Blue Dun

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Castle Bernard, Bandon, Cork

Castle Bernard, Bandon, Cork
More rich history on the banks of the Bandon River

In 1788 Francis Bernard, who became the 1st Earl of Bandon demolished much of the old O'Mahony castle on the site, and built an 18th century castellated mansion in front of it and slightly to the east.The old O'Mahony castle had been renamed Castle Bernard in 1715 by "Judge" Bernard.

The new building was not strictly a castle, but rather an elegant castellated residence even though it continued to bear the name of a castle in the fashion of the time.

James Francis Bernard (nicknamed Bucksot Bandon), the 4th Earl of Bandon (1850-1924) was a British Deputy Lieutenant in Ireland and Representative Peer. Lord Bandon was a cousin of the Earl of Middleton, who was head of the southern Irish Unionists at the time of the Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921). Castle Bernard became known as one of the most hospitable houses in Ireland and the house parties held by the fourth earl and his wife were legendary. In an early morning raid on 21 June 1921 during the days of the Black & Tans, a party of IRA under Sean Hales called. They intended to kidnap Lord Bandon, but Buckshot Bandon and his staff had taken refuge in the cellars. Apparently disappointed in the first object of their call the IRA decided to burn the house. Hales was heard to say- " well the bird has flown, so we'll burn the nest".

At that the Earl and his party appeared from the cellars, but it was too late, the fire had started. Ironically the IRA carefully took out all the furniture and piled it on the lawn before setting the building on fire. The Lady Bandon of that time had to sit and watch the flames for some hours, when the flames were at their height, she suddenly stood up in her nightgown and sang God save the King as loudly as possible, which disconcerted the incendiaries, but while they may not have stood to attention, they let her have her say and did nothing about it.

Lord Bandon was then kidnapped by the local IRA and held hostage for three weeks, being released on 12 July. The IRA threatened to have him executed if the British went ahead with executing IRA prisoners of war. During his captivity, Bandon coolly played cards with his captors, who treated him well. Tom Barry later stated he believed the kidnapping helped move the British towards the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 and the cessation of hostilities.

The elderly Earl Bandon never recovered from the experience and died in 1924.Some years later, when the last of the IRA burning party died, the late Lord Paddy Bandon was asked to go to the funeral, which he did - in full funeral regalia of top hat and morning coat. Castle Bernard continued to be the home of the Earl and Countess of Bandon - they built a small house within the Castle boundary walls.The Earl died in 1979, and as they had no son the title became extinct. Lady Bandon died in 1999 aged 102.Lady Jenifer who inherited the property still lives on the grounds of the castle today.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Augustus Grimbles Salmon Rivers of Ireland

by Augustus Grimble 
Written in the late 1800's



With a catchment area of two hundred and thirty-four square miles, and a course of forty-five miles, in which it receives about one hundred and fifty miles of tributary streams, rises in the extreme west of County Cork from the eastern slopes of some desolate hills, whose western declivities discharge their waters into Bantry Bay, Passing by Dun- man way, Ballyneen, and Ban don, at each of which
places there are fair hotels, it meets the tide at Innishannon, there forming a narrow estuary ex-
tending towards the sea for eleven miles f and eventually finding salt water in Kinsale Harbour, This river has fallen off in a more marked degree than the neighbouring ones, but it is not such a large stream as the Lee or the Black water, and there is no doubt that the smaller the river the sooner will want of protection coupled with over-netting bring it to a nearly Ashless state.

The long, narrow estuary is netted by about thirty-five seine nets, which is many more than such a small river can fairly stand. These nets pay no rent, so that anyone can start a boat who pays the licence, a state of affairs displaying the most extraordinary indifference on the part of the riparian owners. Then practically the fish have no weekly close times, for spring fish are slow swimmers, and those that run as the close time commences are not above Innishannon Bridge by the time the nets begin work again. Though drift nets have been declared illegal, the protection funds are so small that the Conservators are not able to hinder their surreptitious use, with regard to which Mr. Moreton Frewens hatchery manager, F. Stenning, mentioned to the Fishery Commissioners a remarkable state of affairs prevailing at Kinsale, where the men of the Naval Reserve, when coming for their training, are in the habit of bringing drift nets, with which they poach salmon at all opportunities.

Also the shores of Kinsale Harbour are poached by trammel nets set at night, or by others that are professedly netting for sea fish. Again, in the river itself spurge poisoning is frequent, while fish are gaffed in large numbers from the tributaries before they have spawned, Of late years the poachers have found out a better method of using spurge, and now, instead of putting it in a bair and churning it with their feet after it has been placed in position, they gather roots and all, and crushing them in a turnip cutter, the juice is collected as it falls through into soda-water bottles, which can be chucked into the river without fear of detection. With regard to the massacre of fish in the tributaries, Mr. Frank M'Cotter stated to the Commissioners he was confident that fully one thousand five hundred fish were annually killed from the small streams within a radius of ten miles from where he lived ; that one man had told him he always took about one hundred and fifty fish each season out of one small stream ; while in a particular village every house in its long main street was well stocked with salted fish taken in the spawning season.


Fines have proved absolutely useless to put a stop to poisoning or killing fish on the spawning beds, and the only way to stamp out these lawless proceedings is to make them punishable by imprisonment without the option of a fine. In 1892 there were ninety-three rod licences issued, which had fallen to sixty in 1899, while as the rods diminished the nets increased from twenty-five to thirty three, a certain proof that they were making good profits.

The river opens on the 15th of February for the rod, the nets following on the 1st of March, while the former continue to be plied to the 12th of October, and the latter cease work on the 15th of August. It would be better for the fish if nets and rods alike commenced on the 1st of March, while the open time for the rods should certainly end with September, and even earlier would be better. The Earl of Bandon together with many other of the riparian owners are very clear as to the injury done by the rods during the first fortnight of the season, for though a bye-law has just been made which forbids the carrying of a gaff before the 15th of March, up till recently it was the custom for anglers to keep all kelts they landed, so much so that many local fishers took out a rod licence only to make money by catching kelts and selling them at \d. a pound to the Bandon fishmongers, who dealt in them openly. There is also in Ireland a curious creature haunting the banks of almost all the large rivers of the south, viz. the fish huckster, generally accompanied by a donkey-cart and scales.

He has a wonderful knack of turning up as soon as a fish has been landed, and then and there we have been offered 2s. a pound for a fresh -run February fish, and \d. a pound for kelts, while it was good fun to watch the expression of the old man's face when he happened to see one returned to the river. For those who fish to sell, the system has its advantages, but as it is a great encouragement to poaching, we should like to see these gentry suppressed, or at any rate duly licensed.

The Earl of Bandon, who has a twenty-five years' experience, used to kill in the eighties from fifty to sixty fish each season to his own rod, which, considering the extent of water he owns, is nothing wonderful. Since 1885, however, this gradually fell to five or six a season. In 1899 he only had three, and up to the 1st of May, 1900, the total was one fish ! The first eleven miles of the river from its source are all open fishing, which twenty years ago was the best part for May sport, for there are several small streams that form a narrow, deep lake, from which one rod has had as many as nine in a day. In the last two seasons the total take on this eleven miles has been five fish, which is now so bad that, though open 10 the public, it is rare to see a rod on it.

Mr. H. D. Conner owns what should be a fine bit of angling in the Manch and Carrigmore Fishery, extending for fully two miles on both banks, and holding fourteen pretty casts, easily reached dry shod by a sixteen- foot rod, though sometimes waders are used. Here, some time ago, Mn \V. Haynes and his son had thirteen fish between them in a day. Also at Woodlands Mr. J. A. Allman has a pretty reach of one and a half miles of the north bank, which he keeps in his own hands. Here in July, August, and September there are also sea trout to be had, the best flies being Carter s Favourite, Quin's Fancy, Orange and Grouse, Silver Rail, and Orange and Blue.

During August and September the sea trouting on the lower waters is pretty good, as from a dozen to three dozen may be got in a day above Innishannon and in the tidal water below, three-quarters of a pound being the average weight. From the opening day to the end of May is the best angling time if there were fish. The flies that are used on the Lee are good here, only dressed on smaller hooks. To these may be added the Blue Grey and Brown, with the Golden Olive, both of them fine patterns from Haynes, which could be put over any water with confidence.

It is a shame such pretty creations should be known only by the colours of their bodies, so we venture to suggest that the former might be christened "The Cork Beauty," and the latter The Butterman." Here are the correct robes in which they should be brought to the baptismal font.


Tag: Silver twist, orange floss.

Tail: Topping.

Body: Three turns of blue seal, two of monkey fur,
one of fiery brown seal, silver tinsel ; over
each of these colours are hackles to match,
the shoulder one to be more of a dark claret
than fiery brown.

Wing: Gold pheasant ruff, bustard, mallard, fibres of
wood duck, blue and yellow swan.


Tag: Silver twist, claret floss.

Tail: Topping and Indian crow.

Body: Rich olive seals fur, gold tinsel, hackle to
match body, claret hackle at shoulder.

Wing: Same as Cork Beauty.

It will therefore be seen that the Bandon as it is at present offers but small inducement to anyone to
go out of his way to visit it ; albeit, if well stocked, it would be a most pleasant river to cast, for it moves at a brisk pace, while pools and streams are in plenty.

Friday, 6 April 2012

Bandon River Sea Trout

I ventured out fly fishing for an hour of darkness tonight and caught this little sea trout on the Bandon River.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Spring Salmon Down Memory Lane

Here's a Spring Salmon I caught on the Bandon River on April 2007 (5 Years Ago!) I've caught much bigger salmon over the years than this one but will never forget the strength of this particular fish. It was a very fresh spring fish and made a great account of itself.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Bandon River Lamprey

Found this little guy today while fly fishing. Its a freshwater Lamprey. These fish are harmless while living their lives filter feeding. Alot of them die after mating. To have lamprey present on a river is a sign of a healthy and clean river system.

Monday, 5 March 2012

17lbs 6oz Lough Corrib Ferrox Trout

This 90cm Lough Corrib Ferrox Trout was caught by angling guide Jacek Gorny and weighed 17lbs 6oz. The fish probably spawned this winter. This amazing catch was safely released again to put on more weight! February 22nd, 2012

First salmon of the year on fly reported from Lough Currane

20/2/12   UK Angler, Mr. Mark Knowles, fishing with his Ghillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy, caught the first Salmon on the fly and a cracker of a fish it was weighing in at 10 lb.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Bandon River Opening Day

Bandon Angling Association are pleased to announce to members that the traditional get together for soup and sandwiches at the Welcome Inn Bar on Wed 15th Feb opening day is going ahead.

Time, 5pm. In recent years turnout has proved to be fairly quiet, so members are being urged to make an effort on the day to get on the river, enjoy the fishing, and the chat and food later.

See you there.. Visit:

Monday, 6 February 2012

Blackwater Lodge and Salmon Fishery

First Spring Salmon on the Blackwater River 2012

The honour of catching the first springer on the river Blackwater fell this year to Lodge proprietor Ian Powell pictured below who caught this very fresh 6.2 pound Salmon at the Jole on Lower Kilmurry at 13.40 on February 3rd.

This was followed quickly by Paul Howard with his first ever springer of 8.5lb on February 5th, again on Lower Kilmurry.

His pal Ger McCarthy also caught a sea-liced 5 pounder on the same beat the same afternoon and they saw about a dozen fresh springers during the course of the day.