Showing posts with label Bandon River. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bandon River. Show all posts

Monday, 22 May 2017

Latest River Dredging Pics at The Weir on the Bandon River

Here are the latest photos of the river dredging works along the Bandon River. Below are pictures of the Weir situated in Bandon town where heavy machinery and rock breakers are removing rock and gravel from the river bed.  

Artist impression of the Weir in Bandon town









Sunday, 9 October 2016

Shocking photographs of the OPW "Brutal bank clearance on the Bandon River, Dunmanway

Friends of the Irish Environment is today (07-09-2016) publishing a Report obtained under Access to Information on the Environment showing shocking photographs of the Office of Public Works’ brutal bank clearance on the Bandon River beside Dunmanway’s Long Bridge in September 2015. 

The site is host to a dense colony of the protected fresh water pearl mussel, and the Report details ‘removal of riparian trees and vegetation and disturbance of the ground resulting in the presence of large amounts of loose soil.’ Subsequent reports by the National Parks and Wildlife Service include photographs showing the river entirely overwhelming the silt fences put in place to prevent erosion. 

Friends of the Irish Environment has written to the Minister, highlighting the dangers to the environment of the OPW’s highly interventionist approach to urban flooding which emphasises hard landscape measures over catchment management and soft measures. The disastrous approach demonstrated in this Report is being replicated in the flood management schemes across the country. 

FIE Photographic Report   /    OPW Report   /   Letter to the Minister


Friday, 16 September 2016

The Salmon Hat-trick

published by Simon Toussifar

The phone rang, it was one of my fishing buddies. The conversation was the usual, we need rain, lots of it. Where are the salmon... Next flood we'll get a good run of fish surely? Having watched the 5 day forecast with anticipation, it appeared that heavy rain was finally due. So the usual ritual ensued, preparation of fishing gear, flies and make arrangements to get out!

The Bandon River
A good amount of rain fell a week and half into the month of September after a very long dry spell so there was an expectation of a good run of fish. The river came up and started to drop. It was time to go fly fishing. I met the fishing buddy that morning and off we went on a mission to catch salmon!

Desert Bridge Bandon River

On arrival the water looked perfect, still up high with the colour clearing. No sign of fresh fish travelling, a few coloured fish jumping alright. First pool worked it down and nothing. Moved on to the next pool and cast the fly across waiting for that subtle take. Then sure enough as the fly swung around I felt that slow pulling of the line, it was the unmistakable take of a salmon. Doing nothing as is the way when salmon fly fishing when a salmon takes I let the fish turn to hook itself and slowly but firmly pulled into the fish so setting the hook.


I was using my 12 foot Shakespeare Oracle double-hander with Hardy Marquis No.2 fly reel. A nice setup that rarely fails. It wasn't a big fish but fought well doing acrobatic jumps and darting up and down the river. I called the buddy to come over with the landing net and do the honours. Well done lad he said. A nice coloured 4 pound salmon. We released it straight away. You'll probably get a second fish knowing your luck he said.... I laughed and said you know what that sounds about right while casting the line across the water.. Then no sooner had the words been uttered... bang.... another fish on...

Simon Toussifar
This was a bigger fish I could feel the weight of it bending the rod forward. It jumped to reveal itself, wow... A double figure coloured fish... The battle continued with the fish running and charging towards me. And that lovely clicking sound of the Hardy reel as the fish ran with line.... This is what its all about.... The fish finally came to the landing the net weighing 12 pounds. It was a coloured hen fish so we wasted no time and returned it back to water carefully...

You lucky bugger he said... You might aswell go for the Hat-trick now.... Two casts after he said those words... bang and into a third fish... Hey I'm on again I said... What!!! This was another big fish... It battled hard and took its time getting into the landing net. 14 pound coloured hen fish, again we wasted no time in returning this fish and it took a few moments to recover before swimming away.

Carefully holding a 14lb Hen Salmon before Release

Sunday, 24 July 2016

€7m upgrade of Bandon water and sewerage begins

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/7m-upgrade-of-bandon-water-and-sewerage-begins-411685.html

Irish Water has announced it’s finally starting work on a €7 million upgrade of sewage treatment and water supply systems in Bandon, Co Cork. The company made the announcement yesterday, saying the upgrade will aid security of water supply, improve pressure and reduce leakage.

The upgrade of the sewerage network will increase flow capacity, reduce discharges to the Bandon River and aid in alleviating sewer flooding which hit the town recently.

Both systems will also allow for further development in the town and should be completed in two years’ time. The project will involve the replacement of approximately 5.1km of water mains pipes which are in poor condition with high levels of leakage.

An additional 2.5km of trunk water mains will be installed in order to increase network capacity.

A further 5km of existing sewers will be upgraded at various locations throughout the town.

Irish Water spokesman Mark O’Duffy said that by delivering water and wastewater services in one project, it will reduce the impact of the works on the local community, deliver the projects in a shorter timescale and generate overall cost savings.

He said site investigation works are the first important step in enabling design of the route for water and waste water rehabilitation work, and it is anticipated that a construction works contractor will be appointed in the second half of 2017.

The site investigation work will take place at various locations around Bandon where water mains and sewers will be installed or replaced, and Irish Water expects these works to be complete by October.

The work will be carried out by IGSL Ltd (Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Specialists) working on behalf of Irish Water.

Mr O’Duffy said site investigation works will involve small trial hole excavations, slit trenches and borehole drilling. This work will also assist in the identification of any archaeological sites of interest.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Great week on the Bandon River

Salmon
It was a great week for anglers on the Bandon River with the long awaited arrival of travelling fish in good numbers. Salmon were spotted jumping the weir in Bandon town in two's and three's which was quite a sight to see. Bandon Angling Association members reported multiple catches with a mix of colored and fresh fish being caught and lost.



Brown Trout
Dry fly fishing for brown trout has also improved with warm evening temperatures prompting good evening hatches. All brown trout in the pics below were safely released after photo taken.
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(C) Flyfishingireland.ie Rubber landing net to minimize stress and damage to fish
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(C) Flyfishingireland.ie 3lb Brownie
(C) Flyfishingireland.ie 2.5lb Brownie
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sea Trout Fishing in the South of Ireland by Hans Eckhardt Wagner

One of Eckhardt's homemade sea trout flies (this photograph is copyright protected)

40cm Sea Trout caught by Eckhardt Wagner (this photograph is copyright protected)

The most dominant water level on Ireland's so called "Spate Rivers" is low water. The chances of catching a salmon are low but not for sea trout! The sea trout can be best described as "Nomads of the Tide" who will travel up rivers regardless of water level, even in very low water conditions.

Great sport can be experienced by using a small-medium sized trout rod (6-7wt) with a silvery streamer fly, hook size 8 or 10. During the day it’s no harm to look in the pools before fishing by darkness of night. This means in the month of July, sea trout fishermen don’t start fly fishing till it’s completely dark.

There are plenty of rivers in County Cork that enjoy good runs of sea trout in the summer months. The Argideen river, Bandon river, Ilen river, River Lee, Owenabue (Owen Boy!) to name but a few and some smaller rivers with tidal influence as well.

If you catch a sea trout by fly don't be at all surprised that the fish will spend most of the fight jumping in mid air, providing great sport. The use of barbless single hooks is encouraged and release of all sea trout unharmed.

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

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




http://nomadsofthetides.blogspot.com

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Chris McCully fishes the Bandon, Argideen and Ilen Rivers

Last month I had the pleasure of fishing with Chris McCully, fly fisher, author and writer. Chris has written several books and has published many interesting articles for Trout & Salmon magazine over the years. When Chris first made contact with me he mentioned he was in the process of writing a new book on Sea Trout called "Nomads of the Tides" and asked if I would show him along the Bandon and Argideen rivers. Chris loved the sea trout fishing in the estuary pools and up stream beats. The new book will examine Irish sea-trout fishing past and present.


Read more at http://nomadsofthetides.blogspot.com/2011/07/bandon-ilen-argideen-7.html

Low Water Conditions on the Bandon River

I fished the Bandon River this morning for salmon with no luck. Water levels are very low on the river due to one of our driest summers on record. The river is down to its bones now and badly needs some rain. The weekend forecast is set for heavy rain. With only a month left before the season closes everyone is hoping for more rain to encourage the salmon into a taking mood!