Tuesday, 31 December 2013

SALMON FISHING IRELAND 2014: Sea Trout at Night on the Fly " VIDEO ".

SALMON FISHING IRELAND 2014: Sea Trout at Night on the Fly " VIDEO ".:                  If anyone is interested in fly fishing for sea trout at night i just put together some video clips  taken in September sho...

Inniscarra nets world fishing event | Irish Examiner By Sean O’Riordan

Inniscarra nets world fishing event | Irish Examiner

A world coarse fishing championship is to be held in Inniscarra next summer.
Inland Fisheries provided €30,000 for the event

The championship, which is estimated will bring €2m to the region, will be held on Jul 19 and 20, and will be screened by Sky Sports and TG4, and covered by a number of specialist fishing publications.

The World Feeder Fishing Championship will feature teams from 30 countries.

Tommy Lawton, one of the event organisers, said the Inniscarra venue was given the green light at a meeting in Rome. It had been widely anticipated that the venue would be chosen.

He believes that between competitors, stewards, and spectators, there could be at least 1,000 people on the lakeside on each of the two days. Mr Lawton is a member of the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development committee which pushed to get the prestigious event.

However, they faced an obstacle: “You wouldn’t get a championship like this if you didn’t have proper access. We needed to build a road to the east of Roobes Bridge, near Coachford onto the lake,” he said.

A grant of €133,560 was forthcoming for the project from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership. The committee raised another €10,000, and Cork County Council came on board with €40,000.

Inland Fisheries Ireland provided €30,000 to run the event while the ESB is also carrying out €100,000 of work to upgrade the area for anglers. 

Salmon Angling Regulations 2014

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 40 cm).
Notwithstanding the restrictions in place for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm), there are also further restrictions prohibiting the use of worms, prawn and shrimp as bait in angling for all other fish species in certain closed and catch and release rivers. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks where these restrictions apply. Bye-law 897 of 2012 prohibits the use of any fish hooks, other than single barbless hooks, and the use of worms as bait in angling for all species of fish in the waters specified and revokes both Angling Bye-law No. 888, 2011 and Eastern Fisheries Region (Angling) Bye-law No. 824, 2007. The list of waters this bye law applies to is available at the following link: ANGLING BYE-LAW NO. 897, 2012 [.pdf, 19 KB]
Copies of relevant bye laws mentioned in this document are available online at http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Salmon-Regulations/salmon-regulations.html
There is an angling bag limit of 10 salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40 cm) on rivers where you may catch and retain salmon (Table 1). The bag limits are subject to any quota allocated to a river and its tributaries.
Subject to the maximum annual bag limit of ten fish an angler may take:
  • A total of one salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day for the period beginning January 1st to May 11th (three fish in total may be retained for this period),
  • Daily Bag Limit: Three salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from May 12th to August 31st (except where a salmon rod (one-day) ordinary licence is held, 1 fish),
  • Daily Bag Limit: One salmon (any size) or sea trout (over 40cm) per day from 1st September to the close of the season,
  • There is an angling bag limit of three sea trout (under 40cm) per angler per day (bye-law no. 887, 2011).
Please note that it is an offence to kill any sea trout in the Galway, Connemara or Ballinakill Fisheries Districts including at sea from Hags Head in County Clare to Clew Bay (and in any waters flowing into Clew Bay) in the Bangor Fishery District south of a line drawn due east and west through Achill Head.
After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single, barbless hooks and anglers may not use worms. The killing and possession of foul hooked fish is prohibited.
On rivers where catch and release is permitted (Table 2):
  • anglers may not use worms,
  • anglers must use single, barbless hooks,
  • the fish must be handled carefully and should not be removed from the water prior to release.
On all other rivers (Table 3) angling for salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40cm) is prohibited.
  • The River Avoca prohibits the taking of any sea trout (under 40cm) as well as prohibiting the use of worms as bait and any fish hooks other than single barbless hooks in angling for sea trout (under 40cm) (bye-law no. 890, 2011).
  • The River Munster Blackwater season is extended from 1st - 12th October 2014 on a catch and release basis using artificial fly only (bye-law no. 314, 2013).
  • The River Tor and its tributaries are closed for angling for all species of fish (bye-law no. 311, 2011).
  • The River Deel is closed for angling for all species of fish until 31st May 2014 (bye-law no. 308, 2011).
  • The River Slaney provides for catch and release from 17th March to 16th Sept. Anglers may only use single barbless hooks with artificial fly only upstream of the old bridge, Enniscorthy and prohibits the use of worms, downstream of the old bridge, Enniscorthy (pending bye-law).
Anglers can obtain their licence from Inland Fisheries Ireland, any rod licence distributor or online at www.salmonlicences.ie. On payment of the rod licence fee, the angler will be given:
  • The relevant rod licence.
  • A logbook.
  • 3 gill tags where a salmon rod (annual) ordinary, juvenile, district or 21-day ordinary licence is issued up until 11th May and a further 7 gill tags (issued in lots of 3 or 4) from the period 12th May to 30th Sept up to a maximum of 10 gill tags in total provided they demonstrate that they have completed their logbook appropriately.
  • 1 gill tag where a one day ordinary licence is issued up until the close of the season.
  • A business reply envelope for return of the logbook and unused tags to the relevant Inland Fisheries Ireland office.
  • A plastic wallet for the logbook.
The tag to be used by anglers is a blue plastic self-locking device (an additional brown tag is also required for certain rivers – (refer to Table 1 – Open Fisheries 2012) to ensure angling quotas are not exceeded. Contact the relevant IFI office for details on how to obtain brown tags). Each blue tag is embossed with a code identifying where the tag was issued, the year in which the tag can be used, a security code and a tag serial number.
  • Anglers should carefully note the following concerning the use of these tags:
  • Each rod licence holder will be issued tags for his/her use only. Tags are not transferable between licence holders.
  • These tags shall not be re-used.
  • One tag shall be attached to each salmon (any size) and sea trout (over 40 cm) caught and retained.
  • Tags must be attached immediately on landing the fish.
  • Tags shall be attached through the gill opening and mouth of the fish and securely double locked around the gill cover.
  • Additional tags shall be issued on presentation of logbook information showing that the licence holder has used the gill tags issued to him or her, subject to bag limits.
  • Lost and accidentally destroyed tags may be replaced upon presentation of a signed declaration completed by the angler and signed by an Authorised Officer of Inland Fisheries Ireland.
  • Gill tags shall only be removed from the fish at the time of processing in accordance with the Tagging Scheme Regulations. For the purposes of this scheme processing includes: smoking, marinating or cooking the fish, gutting and freezing the fish or cutting any steaks, cutlets or portions of the fish.
On receipt of tags the angler will also receive a logbook. Details of the gill tags issued to an angler will be entered into the angler’s logbook by the issuing agent.
Each angler shall:
  • Have the logbook in his/her possession while fishing for salmon or sea trout.
  • Record all details of their catch in their logbook immediately after tagging the fish.
  • Make a catch record even if the fish is released (including kelts and baggots).
  • Record details of any lost or damaged tags.
  • Declare lost or damaged logbooks to Inland Fisheries Ireland.
In accordance with the Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Regulations anglers are required by law to return their completed logbook (even if there is no catch recorded) and all unused tags to the issuing office of Inland Fisheries Ireland by the 19th October 2012. A business reply envelope is provided for this purpose. Anglers are required to obtain proof of postage and to retain such proof for 12 months.
Anglers are prohibited from selling salmon (any size) or sea trout (any size) caught by rod and line.
These guidelines have been prepared for information purposes only and do not purport to be a legal interpretation. The holder of a rod licence should familiarise himself or herself with section 69 of the Inland Fisheries Act, 2010 (No. 10 of 2010), the current Wild Salmon and Sea Trout Tagging Scheme Regulations and the Salmon and Sea Trout Conservation Bye-laws.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Winter Carp Fishing at the Lough, Cork

Went fishing on the Lough earlier on this week on a very cold, wet and dark day. The kind of day any normal person would have sense and stay in cosy beside the fire but not for myself and Shane. We consider ourselves true fishermen who endure the elements. On arrival the carp were active and jumping up on the surface sometimes jumping full body out the water. We were excited to say the least since the Irish Record for Carp was caught on the Lough, Cork weighing 29lb 13oz in 1998.. Two hours had past and not a tap. Then out of nowhere Shanes spinning rod moved and a fish was on!  

Carp in Ireland

There are four types of carp in Ireland. These are the fully scaled common carp, the mirror carp, which has relatively few scales and a smooth body surface, the linear carp, with scales along the lateral line only and the leather carp which are totally scale less and also very rare. Carp have been present in a few fisheries in Ireland for many years but it is only recently that a number of specialist fisheries have been developed around the country. Lower water temperatures in Ireland mean that carp do not grow to the huge weights that continental fisheries produce. A fish over 10 lbs. (4.5 Kilos) is a good one here in Ireland. Specimen weight: 5.4 kg (12 lb). 

Shane's first Carp
Braided 30pound line on a fixed spool spinning reel

10 ft spinning rod

The Lough

The Lough


Winter Pike at Shepperton Lakes

Simon with a Jack Pike on Shepperton Lakes
A few colourful Pike Fly's
Teeth marks left by Pike

Pike Lure


Monday, 4 November 2013

The Irish Fly Fair 9th and 10th November 2013

The Irish Fly Fair Visit: http://www.irishflyfair.com

9th and 10th November 2013

Duration: Two days (Saturday & Sunday)

Times: Saturday 10-5pm - Sunday 10-5pm

A host of the world’s greatest Fly-dressers, Casters and Angling Celebrities will once again gather in the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, Co. Galway on 9th and 10th November 2013 to participate in the Fourth Annual Irish Fly Fair and Angling Show.

Visitors will have the opportunity to watch some of the best International Fly-dressers practise their art, whilst Champion Fly-casters will be available to demonstrate and advise on Fly-casting techniques and fly-fishing tactics.

We welcome Angling Celebrities to the Show, Charles Jardine, Hywel Morgan, Glenda Powell, Peter O’Reilly, all of whom will be demonstrating and advising on every aspect of Fly-fishing.

As usual, there will be a series of talks and seminars from expert anglers on a wide range of angling-related topics. And, of course, a range of top quality Trade Stands with many bargains to be had.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

The River Slaney

Irish video documentary about the River Slaney

The River Bann

Irish video documentary about the River Bann

The River Feale

Irish video documentary about the River Feale

The River Lee

Irish video documentary about the River Lee

The River Foyle

Irish video documentary about the River Foyle

The River Erne

Irish video documentary about the River Erne

The River Boyne

Irish video documentary about the Boyne River.

The River Barrow

The Munster Blackwater River

The River Suir

Stunning views of an Irish river. From humble beginnings in the Devil's Bit Mountains in Tipperary, the River Suir flows gracefully through some of Munster's most beautiful countryside until it empties itself into the sea at Waterford Harbour. At over 183km from source to sea, the Suir is one of Ireland's longest and greatest rivers, as it makes its way through Thurles, Holycross, Cahir, Clonmel, Carrick-on-Suir and Waterford City. Abhainn: captures the magic of the river with stunning aerial footage and unique footage of some of the region's most beautiful riverscapes.

The River Suir has been an active witness to all stages of Irish history. For early settlers it was important for transport and food, while later visitors such as the Vikings and the Normans, it was their point of entry into Ireland. Strongbow, Gráinne Mhaol, King John and Cromwell have all crossed its waters, so it's no surprise that banks of the river are studded with castles, towers and great houses.

But even faraway battlefields are remembered along the river -- in Cahir "Crimean Bob", a famous horse that survived the Charge of the Light Brigade and the Battle of Balaklava is buried and commemorated in the local Army Barracks where he died after long years of retirement from battle.

But it's not all about history. The river is a magical ecosystem and home to variety of bird & animal life and a great getaway for human recreation.

In Clonmel, Shay Hurley tells us of the unusual history of the local Working Men's Boat Club and its part in the War of Independence, while we also learn of Waterford's unique contribution to Irish cuisine. Not only was the rasher and the cream cracker invented there, but Waterford's Huguenots introduced a new kind of breakfast bread, the Blaa. Today, this centuries old tradition is kept alive by the Walsh brothers in the Déise's capital.

Rivers are more than just a geographical feature in our landscapes. For thousands of years rivers have been part of who we are and have shaped what we have become. Rivers have taken on magical, religious, mythical qualities in ancient times. They've been the major transportation routes of old, which opened up the country to newcomers both welcome and unwelcome, they're the motorway network of ancient times. As natural barriers Rivers are and have traditionally marked the borders of tribal territories -- often fiercely defended. River crossings have been the venue for many a battle. In later centuries the energy of our rivers have been captured by watermills and hydro electric plants but this intrinsic life force and energy has always been recognised in ancient Irish cultures for whom the rivers were living goddesses.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Lough Neagh October Dollaghan

A fresh Dollaghan for October, dollaghan are Lough Neagh brown trout, they run the Lough Neagh rivers in summer and autumn to spawn in November.They behave much the same as sea trout, coming to life at night, the darker the night the better. This one was taken on a goldhead hares ear in daylight, mostly because it gets down to them for they are not known for rising to dry flys very often.

4 Pound October Dollaghan Trout caught during the day

October Dollaghan Trout caught by night and released
An August 5 pound Dollaghan

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

89.5cm seatrout estimated at 14.75lb from Lough Currane

Salmon and Sea Trout: C&Rplease let me goThere was some great action wit...:

There was some great action with the C&R fly rod and the videophone, all the action came from Mr. Paul ...

89.5cm seatrout estimated at 14.75lb from Lough Currane

Monday, 30 September 2013

Connemara Silver at Screebe by Trevor Down

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7 pound salmon caught on Screebe
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Trevor's 22.5 pound Salmon caught in Norway

Well what a season and were to start. Firstly my trip to Norway in early June. Breaking my p.b. with a 22.5 pound salmo salar. Landed on the first evening was a dream come true, but with bright days n low water it proved to be a tough week to follow. I struggled...

But with the 20lb plus salmon caught I was in a fishers dream and happy to just enjoy the place and scenery of Norway catching a few Seatrout most days to fill the gaps. On my return to Connemara there had been a small fresh and nice big tides.

I traveled all night to get back for a wedding and missed last 2 days of my weeks fishing in Norway! I heard afterwards they caught 6 salmon on last day after 5 days on the banks with nothing.

So I missed out but made up for it on my return to Connemara.

An hour on the way home the night of the wedding and in that hour I had 4 takes from salmon successfully landing one fish of about 7 pounds before releasing it.

I returned the next day and sold a ticket to regular Kevin Kronin who had caught one salmon and lost 2 by lunch time. Fish were jumping and rolling all over the place so I started fishing from the lake shore where I rose two good salmon on small wet flys. I lost another before changing my fly to a shrimp pattern on tail fly. Then bang, with a few casts a fish traveled 20 feet to hit my fly I just held on for the rise. After a acrobatic fight I released a 5pound bar of silver to fight another day.

The following 9 days took the same course. Each day losing rising and landing one fish, I thought then this was true. Ireland is the fly Fishers dream destination!

Article submitted by Trevor Down - Head Chef and Fishery Manager of Screebe

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Sea Trout on Carlingford Lough

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Tom Williamson caught this fine 4 pound sea trout using a shrimp pattern, on a falling 5m tide on Carlingford Lough

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Carlingford Lough is a sea lough that opens on to the Irish Sea. It forms part of the boundary between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Several rivers run into it, including the Newry River (and, indeed, the Newry Canal), Clanrye River and the Whitewater River.

On the County Down shore lie the pleasant resort towns of Warrenpoint and Rostrevor, backed by the Mourne Mountains “sweeping down to the sea”. On the southern (or Cooley Peninsula) shore, the visitor will be impressed by the County Louth coastal towns of Omeath, Carlingford (a village with a wealth of heritage sites stretching back to Norman times) and Greenore.

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Eckhardt Wagner goes Flyfishing for Sea Bass in Clonakilty

I had a cast this morning at 9:15a.m at Inchadoney, Clonakilty and caught a beautiful sea bass. Low tide was 10:30a.m. Happy with this fish because I have only little practice in Bass-Fishing. It was not easy with wind in front of me. But what can be better for a Fly fishing purist as a Bass on the Fly? Released the fish with great pleasure.

Rod and Reel: Orvis,
Line: Guideline "Coastal".
Fly: Sandeel Imitation.

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Bass Alley by Alan Cogan

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“I’m in”. I uttered the common phrase used by fisher folk worldwide, announcing to all and sundry that they are stuck in a fish whilst their companions may not be.  It is said in a humble tone in most cases but in reality one-upmanship is to the fore in a subtle yet evil way.

Saying “I’m in” this time, however, really was a case of “I’m in”...up to my neck in salt water.  It had seemed to be going well. Companion  and self were happily peddling in pursuit of bass (yes peddling, more of which later) around Cork Harbour in our Celtic Tiger Yaks (CTY) safe in the knowledge that their longevity and durability was far more impressive than the quality of property constructed in the same period.

It wasn’t as if we hadn’t been out in them before, the usual routine had been followed, forensic inspections of straps on the top of the car ensuring that one of the CTY’s  didn’t slam down a bonnet or, worse still, end up impaled in some ditch.  Fly rods prepared, eight weights, large arbour reels and intermediate lines inspected, clousers tied on and all gear strapped to the CTY to prevent any mishap occurring, little did I know!

Then there was the not so subtle exercise of immersing myself in my drysuit, not an easy task in any persons language especially when I had the ability to make myself look like a priapic seal (for all the wrong reasons) if I didn’t get it right first time.  Suitably immobilised in my dry suit, off we pedalled, yes pedalled, I did say they were CTY’s, not your standard paddle and go model. Theory being we could move as we fished, not so simple an exercise if you have a paddle in one hand and a fly rod in the other!

The tide was just beginning to ebb which meant that the bass would start hunting any small baitfish washed by the current into their path. It really was a case of lambs to slaughter as the tide quickened, baitfish wouldn’t stand a chance in the current and we could see the bass begin to hunt. We had chosen a place I affectionately call bass alley, a narrow strip of water that races alongside an island in the Harbour. I had christened the place one day as I watched my companion land nine bass and miss as many whilst I managed one measly take and promptly missed the fish. In truth I had probably christened the place when I missed that fish but decided, to prevent profanity, to shorten the word I used to Bass!!

Lengthening line I focused on not giving myself an unwanted chartreuse earring, one does feel extremely vulnerable so low to the water in a Yak and a weighted fly whizzing past your ears, or, perhaps, it is just me. I had just assumed my classic angling position of head down shoulders hunched squinty eyed pose when a fish moved to the right of my fly. Leaning back and false casting to cover the fish I noticed that suddenly the landscape had turned on an angle and, for some strange reason the water was coming up to meet me at an impressive speed.

Being in excess of 100kg and overturning a Yak really is a skill that few have mastered, and yet, first time trying, I had carried out the feat with alarming speed and no little grace. I should have been proud of myself...I wasn’t. Managing to immerse myself up to my neck whilst maintaining my hold on fly rod AND not getting my head wet, now that was a feat to be marvelled at.

The companion was used to me uttering the “I’m in” phrase, (unfortunately I was far more used to hearing him say it). He didn’t even turn around, but when I repeated with “no, I’m in” he did turn around. Controlling his laughter and smirks was a feat for which I will ever be grateful but in reality my dignity was at the bottom of the briny, luckily, on its own, as the strapping had contained all my fishing bits in the upturned Yak.

Examining the cause of my immersion didn’t take long. There was no black box examination required. In my haste to be the first one humbly muttering “I’m in” I hadn’t securely clipped one of the restraining straps on the seat, thus when I leaned back, off I slewed to one side with all the grace of a swan after hitting the vodka.

Wading to shore fly rod in one hand, upturned yak in the other I got to thinking that maybe they should have an Olympic event for fastest Yak evacuation. I think I had just made the qualifying standard.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Pollack Fishing on the Cork Coast

The summer of 2013 has been a great year for pollack fishing off the coast of Cork. Great sport has been had off the rocks around Cork Harbour, Kinsale and Clonakilty

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Night Fishing for Sea Trout below Innishannon Bridge

It had been a while since I fished by night for sea trout below Innishannon bridge, so my mind was focused on catching these enigmatic fish once again in the darkness of night. I checked the tide timetable and low tide was 12a.m. Perfect! Innishannon is a tidal part of the Bandon River and is best suited for fly fishing for sea trout and salmon at low tide. The stretch is free to fish below the bridge however anglers must hold a state salmon/sea trout licence.

Innishannon Bridge, Co Cork
Ideally two hours before or after low tide is the optimal time to catch sea trout on most estuaries, particularly the Bandon estuary. The month of August is usually the best time to fish Innishannon with warm nights and evenings getting dark around 9:45pm

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Snowbee Diamond 5-6 weight fly rod

The moon phase on this particular night was perfect with a dark moon making prospects for sea trout fishing good. My choice of fly rod was the Snowbee Diamond 10 foot, 5-6 weight fly rod. Perfect for sea trout fishing by night. The rod is rigid enough to hook and play decent sized sea trout and summer peal while enjoying the comfort of being lightweight.

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Sea Trout mini tube

I selected a few favorite fly’s from my main fly box for the night (Teal Blue & Silver, Bloody Butcher, Stoats Tail and black mini tube with treble) on 8pound clear mono tippet. I made my way below Innishannon bridge at dusk. The sun was setting nicely but the evening wasn’t dark enough yet, so I waited patiently for darkness to fall while I sat on a rock a kingfisher glided past and the the brown trout slurped flies off the top. A lovely August evening to be at one with the river and nature.

So 20 minutes later it was dark enough to start the sea trout fishing, while entering the water quietly and carefully I started casting below the bridge. Then the sound of a big splash and then another…

Yes they were the unmistakable sounds of sea trout leaping. Wading down closer to where the fish jumped I cast across the river and began slowly retrieving the fly (figure of eight) up river against the current. Wallop… a good strong take and a fish was on the line. A good battle ensued with the fish making a few acrobatic jumps in the air before coming to the landing net.

Sea Trout No.1

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Sea Trout No.2

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Diving Full Length Into Six Inches of Water by Alan Cogan

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It wasn’t going to be easy. Here we were in the middle of the best stretch of weather for years, clear blue skies and soaring daytime temperatures. The arm was getting twitchy, weeks without a cast except for mackerel bashing, but there is only so many of those you can catch on the fly rod before even that becomes a chore.

To say conditions weren’t conducive to salmon fly fishing would be an understatement. Knowing that the River Blackwater was down to its bones did not bode well, however all things aside I still felt there could be a chance of sport if I could get the time and location right.

With the heat, sun and blue skies, fishing during social hours wouldn’t yield anything except a bad dose of sunburn, conditions dictated a dawn raid or else fishing into darkness. Rolling over in the bed at 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning really only left one option, it would have to be an evening sortie.

Doing the family thing during the day didn’t bother me as I knew that any chance of sport would have been hopeless so I arrived at the Beat at 9 p.m. Having fished this particular stretch for over 15 years, and bearing in mind the high water temperature I knew that if there was going to be any fish around the chances were extremely high that they would lie below a man made groyne that oxygenated the water to some extent.

I had to decide on a stealthy approach and knew that skagit tactics weren’t going to be the order of the day. Setting up a 10’ #7 rod with a long leader and small flies really was the only choice, as to the fly it didn’t really matter as long as it was small and imparted some life as it would swing around. Fishing around in my overfilled fly box I chose a size 12 shrimp fly. Working down from the groyne I fished the stretch, as I had done for numerous years.

As is often the case my mind wandered to times when this stretch of water yielded me some feisty fish, the time in extremely heavy water I managed to hang on to a 12lb bar of silver that had literally exploded on my brass monkey. And then there it was, yes, the rock that I had waded past for numerous years, except, this evening, in my fishing stupor I had forgotten all about. Over I went, and not being small of stature caused a considerable din to the surrounding wildlife. Knee one wounded.

It was surprisingly refreshing to immerse oneself in the river, certainly it eased the body temperature and actually came as a welcome relief. Wading to the bank taking off my tee shirt and squeezing the remnants of water that the river had kindly given up was cathartic, it wasn’t as if I was going to chill in the balmy evening temperatures.

Hobbling back to the place of my dignity removal I lengthened line and watched as a strong pull took the line from my hand. It must have been a nice trout I mused, after all, in spite of my bravado I really didn’t expect anything else would be lying in no more than three feet of oxygenated water in these conditions.
The beat being short I finished out my cumbersome casting routine and returned to the top of the groyne. It was going to be worth one more shot, just in case, but the reality was it was beginning to darken and I knew I still had to traipse through two fields, one of which was populated by a herd of frisky bullocks, somewhat like a bunch of teenagers on a street corner just waiting for an opportunity to laugh at my predicament. Limping past them, I would be a sitting duck.

The take was not subtle. A savage wrench and a lifting of the rod indicated that this was no 6oz brownie having an evening snack waiting for hatch of the day to come on. I’m still puzzled a few months after how the fish took well below me yet in the space of half a second exploded in an arc directly across from me. It was pretty obvious that this was a good fish and that I would do well to land him.

The space was limited for this man against fish battle. Swimming directly towards me didn’t help the situation as I frantically handlined slack fully expecting there to be a slack line followed by a number of expletives filing the warm air, however, miraculously there he still was, the tip of the rod pulsing under his weight.

Ten minutes or more of battle ensued and I knew he was tiring, the runs were weaker and I began to gain an advantage. I knew from experience that the water shallowed on the left bank but that there was no room to walk the fish up the bank as there were overhanging trees. Possibly, and just possibly, with the shorter rod, if I held the rod above half way on its length I could manoeuvre the fish onto the small gravel bank.

I surprised myself, a plan actually worked, holding the rod and applying gentle strain I managed to beach the salmon but still was not happy with his positioning as he tail flapped inches from the waters edge. Holding the line in my hand I gave a gentle pull to pull him further from escape. That is when it happened, that sickening moment when you hear a pop and as the line goes slack, I had only pulled the fly out of his mouth!!

Now I’m one of the people who think fish may not be intelligent but they are intuitive, this fish was no different, although played out he saw his future ahead of him as getting the chance to contribute to the repopulation of this fine species as opposed to ending up at the end of a filleting knife. Somehow, in my clumsiness I not only pulled the hook out of his mouth but gave him a push start on his quest for freedom. I really couldn’t have screwed up so spectacularly if I had tried. The next second or two played out in slow motion. Frantic tail swiping and expletives and this vision going through my head of the salmon and steelhead runs in Canada watching salmon frantically swim through inches of water evading the jaws of bears.

Don’t ask me how or why, call it instinct call it stupidity but it just happened. Now it’s a long time since I tackled a person on a rugby pitch, mostly unsuccessfully I might add, but still it happened.  Diving full length after a fish really isn’t to be recommended but knowing the chances of landing a fish were so slight it just happened. Knee two wounded!

Miraculously because the fish wasn’t a grilse my left hand grabbed the tail and my right the head. He must have been one extremely annoyed fish, inches from freedom, and yet now the game was up. Standing there with two wounded knees, damaged pride, a wet tee shirt and a fine fish, was it worth it, would I do it again? First chance I get I’ll hobble on down there past the laughing bullocks!

Monday, 9 September 2013

Snowbee Magic Line²

Snowbee Magic Line² is the latest generation of Snowbee 'double strength' 100% Polymer nylon lines. Based on the popular old Magic Line, this new line is now smoother, softer and stronger, exhibiting a low-stretch formula for optimum feel and performance.

...the properties of a 'double strength' line, with the behaviour of a modern monofilament

Buzz Style Flies

These flies were originally created by Judge T.T. Kingsmill Moore of Ireland Over 50 years ago. He refered to them as "BUZZ STYLE" flies. They were predominantly used by him on Lough Corrib and on the Costello and Fermoyle fisheries.

Judge Kingsmill Moore

Fly Fishing Ireland

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Giant Brown Trout caught on the Corrib

Nice work Larry McCarthy, his client Jeremy took this personal best 7lb Corrib brownie... on just a size 16 dry duckfly pattern!

Fly Fishing Ireland

Saturday, 16 March 2013

The Ugly Truth Behind Farmed Organic Salmon

Salmon Confidential from Twyla Roscovich on Vimeo.

Read more about the Giant Salmon Farm Proposals for Galway Bay, Ireland at

Complain to your TD today!

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Dry Fly Fishing for Big Browns

Dry Fly Fishing for Big Browns

Fly Fishing Ireland

Nomads of the Tides Fishing for Irish Sea Trout

Nomads of the Tides: Fishing for Irish Sea-Trout.

The book is now available at http://nomadsofthetides.com

Left: Ken Whelan & Chris McCully