Showing posts with label River Lee Cork. Show all posts
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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.