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We are nearly a month into the new fishing season and as yet I only have managed to get out on the Liffey on two occasions. The reason behind my lack of outings is the constant flooding of the river by water being released from the dam at Golden Falls. I now have to try time my outings so I can have low water, with this in mind I choose an early morning start for last weekends outing. I have had many an early start on the Liffey but as yet I had not had an early March morning start. A first for me so I did not know how things would go.

Morning sun on the Liffey

I checked the outside air temperature before I left home for the river, it was one degree Celcius. It was going to be a cold morning on the river. It was a little before seven when I arrived at the river, all was quiet with the exception of the birdsong. While I was getting set up I wondered what was my best approach to the fishing, Nymphs, wets, dries or other. As the river would be flowing away from me I though I would start fishing with a team of wet flies so I tied on a team of three spider patterns. My choice was Snipe and Purple on the top with a Hares lug and Plover in the middle and a Yellow Jack on the point.

Liffey

I was curious to see how cold the water temperature was in comparison to the air temperature so before I started to fish I checked for it. Surprisingly it read at five degrees Celcius, four degrees more that the air temperature. with my curiousity satisfied I started to fish. As I made my way downstream I cast across and down letting the current work the flies. Fifteen minutes past with  not a sign of a fish I began wondering should I change the team or change the method, before I changed either my first fish of the day was on. A nice little wild brown trout was landed, unhooked and released. Choosing not to change things I carried on downstream looking for my second fish.

Liffey Trout

Another ten minutes passed before the second fish was on, another one on the Yellow Jack. As I carried on downstream things got better for me as I was getting a fish with every third cast or so. I had only planned staying out for an hour as I had made arrangements to take some young lads out to catch their first fish on the fly. My total catch for the cold early morning was eight wild brown trout. The majority of the fish were caught on the Yellow Jack with The Harelug and Plover accounting for the remainder. Had I been staying out any longer I would have taken off the Snipe and Purple, it may just be a little too early in the season for it.

Early morning, river Liffey

Overall it was a good outing even though it was a cold one. I noticed lots of wildlife about at that time. Buzzards, Kingfishers, Mallard duck, Kestrels to mention a few. Most of my sightings were in pairs, has spring arrived?

Over the long weekend I had the pleasure of fishing in the newly opened Anne Valley Angling Complex. The fishery is located close to the village of Dunhill along the Coppercoast of Waterford. Sited on over sixty acres the complex has eleven man made lakes, the lakes are all fed by natural springs. The Anne river flows naturally through the complex for over two Kilometres, the river has a stock of wild brown trout. Fishing for these wild brown trout is available on this stretch of the Anne river. Seven of the lakes have been stocked with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Two lakes will be stocked for Pike fishing and the other two lakes will be stocked for coarse fishing this includes fishing for Carp.

Anne River

I first heard about this new fishery from a good friend of mine Iggy Dunphy, when he invited me down to have a look at it I couldn’t refuse the invite. On arrival at the fishery I was pleasantly surprised at the surroundings the fishery is set in. Iggy then introduced me to the lads who run this fishery. After tea and a chat Iggy and I set the fishing rods and set off to wet our lines. A couple of casts later and I was into mt first Anne Valley fish, a nice hard fighting Rainbow of about three pounds. I was soon into another hard fighting fish, both of these fell for one of Iggy’s favourite flies the “Cats Whiskers”. Next fish was on for Iggy, another fine Rainbow that also took a Cats Whiskers.

Iggy Dunphy ” The Master”

After having success while fishing with lures it was time to try a new method so I set up a new leader to fish with a pair of Buzzers. The Buzzers I chose to fish with were skinny black and an Okie-Dokie in black and white. I fished the Buzzers static and before long I had another fish on, it took the Okie – Dokie. I had one more fish on the buzzers before it was time for a break. While we were having our break another friend of ours showed up. Alan O’ Neill, he popped out to have a look at the fishery.

Anne Valley

After the break we headed back to the lake for some more action. It was not too long before both of us were in action again. We moved from lake to lake during the course of the day, this beats going round the same lake for a day. We met several familiar faces as we made our way down through the complex, all anglers trying their luck on the new fishery. We finished our day out with a total of fourteen fish between us. All in all a nice day out.

The Valley

During the day I had a look at the Anne river flowing through the complex and wished I had my light weight river set up with me. I would like to have a go at fishing this stretch of river it has nice riffles and runs along with some great holding pools.

The fishery is one that is as near as you can get to fishing a wild fishery with it’s abundance natural vegetation and wild life along with it’s fabulous setting. The angler can meander from lake to lake stalking his quarry and testing his skill as he moves from lake to lake. If you are looking for some challenging angling then Anne Valley is a must for you, for those anglers who are used to fishing on fisheries with manicured surroundings I would advise them to bring a line tray along.

Although the fishery is a work in progress it is very worthwhile fishing on it. The potential is there for it to become one of the finest fisheries this country has to offer.

When I make a return visit I shall have my river set up with me.

 

Early March, river Liffey

Last weekend I managed to get out for the first time this season on the river Liffey. I was lucky enough to get a few hours on the river in between floods. Timing the floods reminded me of all the times I used to time the tides when I sea fishing. As the dam was due to open at 08.00 so it was an early start for me. I got to the river about 07.30 and checked on it’s condition. It was flowing at a normal winter level but it had a little colour in it but at least it could be fished!

Liffey in early March

As there was some colour in the water I decided to it was beast to set up with a team of wet flies to start fishing with. I had been tying up some new patterns over the winter so I included two of these in the team along with a Yellow Jack. There was a touch of Spring to the air as I set off downstream fishing through the runs and pools as I made my way. It was not too long before I hooked into my first fish of the new season, a nice little wild brown trout. To my surprise it took one of my trial patterns, a nice way to start the season off. Another few minutes past and I hooked into my second fish, this one also took the same new pattern.

First of the season

I fished on with the same team of wet flies for another twenty minutes without even getting a tug, time to change the team I thought. After I changed the team I fished on for another while, again i had no response. Another change was made, this time i tied the Yellow Jack on the point and I tied another new pattern in the middle with a Winter Brown on the top dropper. Another ten minutes passed before I hooked into another fish, this one took the new pattern. I had another fish on the same new pattern, things were looking good for trial patterns.

Beetle

Beetle on the move

After that things went quiet for a while so i decided to fish on some of the slower flowing stretches of water. Using the same team on the slower water I cast them across and let them drift down with the current sinking as they drifted. I used my coloured leader loop as an indicator to detect and signs of a take. My first cast was rewarded with a nice fish of about half pound weight, this fish took the Yellow Jack. I had five more fish using this method all of the fish took the Yellow Jack.

Liffey in Early March

The arrival of the due flood put an end to my first outing of the season. In all it was a great start to the season. My new patterns will be given another wetting to see how they perform, early days yet for them. I was very happy to see the Yellow Jack perform so well, establishing itself again as a firm favourite of mine. I do hope the flooding of the river will come to an end before it ruins my outings on Liffey.

 

2013 Season in pictures

Happy new year to all! I would also like to say thank you to all those who supported the site by purchasing the hand tied flies that are available through the site, your support is very much appreciated.

At the moment I am setting up a new page for the site it will be in the form of a diary about my local river, the Liffey. I am hoping to have the page updated weekly.

Tight lines to all in 2014.

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Salt Water Fly Fishing

My first introduction to Salt Water Fly Fishing  (SWFF) happened last weekend when I met up with a good friend of mine who took me to one of his favourite marks. I have often remarked before on here about local knowledge being key to success when fishing on fresh water, the same is true when it comes to (SWFF). I was first introduced to Alan O’Neill by another good friend of mine Iggy Dunphy who has introduced me to many other anglers over the while. I got a call from Alan during the previous week, he said that conditions were going to be favourable for some SWFF the coming weekend and he asked if i would i like to have a go at it. “Yes I would” was my reply, so plans were then made for the outing.

Myself and Iggy Dunphy

On the morning of our outing, I met up with Alan in Waterford city and from there he took me to the first mark he had planned for us to fish. When we got to the chosen place Alan advised me to travel light as we have a bit of climbing to do. I was advised to “keep things to the minimum” and I soon realized how good that advice was!! Our chosen mark was sixty feet below us and accessible only by a rope, not a place for the fainthearted!! We eventually reached the mark. While we were setting up Alan was pointing out to me where and how i should fish the mark. “There is two points on the mark where it fishes best” he said, “I will put you on my favorite one”. First off on the rising tide we set the rods up with intermediate lines. He also pointed out some flies that I should try on the rising tide.

Getting down to the mark

We were soon fishing away on an eight weight rod and line which is a big change for me as a four weight is what I use the most. It was not long before I heard Alan call “fish on”. A nice Pollack was soon landed, photo taken and fish released back to it’s salty water home. It wasn’t long before I was calling to Alan “fish on”. My first fish on the fly while fishing salt water. Another nice Pollack was caught and released. I was pleasantly surprised with how hard fighting a fish Pollack are. It hit the fly with some speed and when it realized it was hooked, it took off with some speed towards the bottom. Alan was next to catch a fish and it was another Pollack.

First Pollack on the fly

When the tide started to rise Alan advised me to change over to a sinking line and he also suggested i use “one of these”. The fly he choose was a pattern we had talked about during the year. He asked me if I would tie him up a tandem pattern of the fly so he could try it out. He said he had had some great success with this pattern during the year, “it works well for all types of fish” he said. I have named it the “Kilcullen Killer”. I  tied on a Kilcullen Killer and started fishing again, counting down the line each time i cast.  I hooked and lost a nice Pollack and I also lost a few Mackerel!! The Killer was proving it’s worth. Alan hooked and landed another nice Pollack, the Kilcullen Killer works again.

Twin Cats

With the tide now dropping it was time for to pack up and climb our way back up the cliff. We had arranged to meet up with Iggy for the next session of Salt Water fishing. As we made our way back through the fields we picked some fresh wild Mushrooms (Agaricus campestris), unusual to find these wild Mushrooms so late in the year. After we had lunch we made our way towards the next mark which Alan had said “fishes better at low water”. Intermediate lines were the choice for this mark. After I had set up it was not long before i hooked into a fish, this time it was a Mackerel which I lost! Soon after that I hooked and landed my first fly caught Mackeral, it took a Kilcullen Killer.

Wild Mushrooms

We all had our chances with fish on the second mark. I hooked and lost several more Mackerel, they are great little battlers on the fly rod. I would like to see what sort of battle two of them would put up on a fly rod. As the evening was drawing in it was time to call a halt to the fishing and pack up once again. It was a great day out and a fantastic introduction to SWFF for me. To have a guide like Alan with you for the day makes for a brilliant outing. Alan has a great knowledge of Salt Water Fly Fishing and he is only to willing to pass on this knowledge to you. I want to say a big thank you to him for such a fabulous day out and as we already have made plans for our next outing. I am now hooked on SWFF. Thanks Alan.

Pollack on the Fly

Why do i fish??

Several times i have asked myself the question “why do I fish?” Why do i drive a round trip of two hundred and sixty Kilometres to fish? Is it just for the fishing? These are some of the question’s i have put to myself of late. Fishing has to come into the answer but it is not the only reason why i travel such a journeys. You can fish all your lifetime alone and enjoy it but fishing with a friend or friends is by far way more enjoyable. When you have friends like Alan and Iggy, it make the long journey worthwhile. Of late I have not being making as many long journeys but that is a long story which I will save for another time. Suffice to say fishing is not the same as it was, now my friend is not there.

River Suir, Early April

At the weekend i made my way down to the river Suir at Holycross in County Tipperary. This was my first outing to the river Suir for this season. The week leading up to the outing was again a cold dry one with the dreaded East wind still with us. While travelling down the M8 my thoughts were would it be worthwhile travelling the distance when the weather was so cold and  the Easterly wind was blowing hard, prospects were not too good! At least it’s raining, can’t be too bad!

Clear Water, river Suir

I arrived in Holycross shortly before 10am,  all quiet there as usual. I looked at the river and it was in great condition, with a good water height which was flowing clear. I also noted that there was no signs of fish moving and no signs of any insect life, again i thought would it be worthwhile fishing today? I headed up to Glasheens shop where i had a coffee and a hot scone. After the coffee i bought a day ticket for Thurles,  Suir & Drish Anglers’ Association club waters.

Suir above Holycross

I set up the rod with a team of wet  flies consisting of  a Waterhen Bloa on the point, a Hares Lug and Plover on the middle and one of my new patterns on the top. The new pattern is a variant of a Iron blue Nymph that i am trying out this again this season. I had some success with the same pattern last year. Those of you the regularly read my posts will know that each new season i try out several new patterns. Over the past seasons i have had some success with a few of them but i also had more patterns which failed. You cant win all the time!

Holycross Abbey

My preference when i am fishing with a team of wet flies is to walk down stream and fish each pool as i come to it. This was not the case today as the section of the river i choose was flowing towards me which would have been great had i been dry fly fishing but i was fishing wet flies. My tactics were to walk up to the head of each pool and fish the flies down and across letting them swing around in the current, fishing through the pool. This meant a lot of doubling back on myself. I cast the team into the head of the first pool i came to and on my third cast i was rewarded with a take and a hook up. My first fish of the day was caught and released, a nice wild brown trout close to a half pound in weight. I caught another five fish in the same pool before i moved on upstream to the next pool.

Holycross Bridge

Keeping with the same team of wet flies, i started to fish down through the pool and i was soon into my next fish. Another fine trout near the three quarter pound mark. The next fish i hooked into was the one that got away, a fine wild brown trout which at a guess was over two pounds in weight. After loosing that fish i caught and released three more fish including a nice one over the pound in weight. It was now time to take a break and warm up with a hot soup and a sandwich.

River Suir Trout

While i walked back up river after the break i noticed that there was a few Large Dark Olives coming off the water and there was some fish rising to the Olives. I decided try and have a go at the rising fish with a dry fly so i tied on a Light Cahill Klinkhammer. I did not last too long with this tactic as the wind was just too strong and it was blowing the wrong way. I did however manage to rise a few fish but i failed to connect with any of them. Time to change back to the wet flies! I changed back to the wets and i caught and released seven more wild brown trout before i called time out.

I had a brilliant day out on the River Suir even though the conditions were dreadful. The team of flies i used all worked on the day but the best fly was the Hares Lug and Plover. I also noted that the new pattern i was trying out accounted for five nice fish. I will be giving that pattern another wetting the next time i get out. Are we ever going to see temperature get into double figures this April? The air temperature on the day was a mere six degrees although it felt much colder with the persistent east wind blowing in my face. The water temperature was also six degrees.

This was my first outing to the wonderful river Suir this season and i have already planned a return trip before the end of May. Lets hope the awful weather has improved by then!

Easter Outings

Over the Easter holidays I managed to get out for some fishing on both the river Liffey and the Kings river. My first outing was to the river Liffey on my local club waters. I got to the river about half ten in the morning and I was planning on fishing on in to the evening. I had noticed on my previous visit, that the fish started moving to a small hatch of Large Dark Olives that appeared on the water just after midday. With this in mind I set the rod up to fish dry flies as I made my way upstream. The day was overcast and there was a cold east wind blowing. The air temperature was reading three degrees and the water temperature was five degrees. The biting east wind was blowing in to my face and was making casting my four weight line difficult. Not ideal conditions for fishing a dry fly.

As there was no signs of fish rising, i cast the fly into the places that i thought may hold a fish or two. I managed to tempt three fish with my dry fly but i only connected with one of these fish. After an hour or so i decided to find some shelter from the wind and change the fly. While i was tying on the new fly i saw a fish rise upstream from me. I sat and watched to see if he would show again which he did as did several other fish. I moved up to the pool where they were rising and cast my fly over the nearest rising. He rose and took my imitation, a Light Cahill Klinkhammer. I caught and released two more fish before rising water put an end to the rising fish. It also put an end to my fishing on the Liffey for that day. Earlier on that day i heard news that the city council were restricting water pressure because of the lack of water. This made me wonder why there was a flood on the river due to water being released from one of the city’s main reservoirs? It didn’t make sense to me!!

I packed up my gear and headed off up into the Wicklow Mountains to have a look at the Kings river. When i got to the river i was very surprised to see it was gin clear and as low as summer levels. I had thought that all the snow melt water would have the river coloured and running high, how wrong was i? It has been a long time since i last saw the Kings river running so clear. I thought this was definitely going to be challenging fishing  and wondered what was my best approach to fish it? I would have to be stealthy and keep well back from the water out of sight. I set the rod up with a team of spiders consisting of a Yellow Jack on the point, a Hares Lug and Plover in the middle and a Winter Brown on the top.

I made my way slowly down stream keeping low and casting the team down and across and letting them drift with the current. I fished this way for a while but never got a touch so decided it was time to change tactics. What next? I decided to fish with the same team again but this time i cast them just above large submerged stones where i thought fish might be lying up. I let the team of flies drift down stream and swing in around the back of the stones. After a few casts i was rewarded with a take and hooked up a nicely marked wild brown trout.

If i thought it was cold while i was fishing down on the Liffey, that was nothing compared to the cold on the Kings river. The air temperature showed only one degree while the water temperature was a mere two degrees. I fished on for another hour or so before the cold weather got the better of me so i packed up for the day. I did however manage to catch and release three nice little wild brown trout, a good result considering the the poor conditions.

As i made my way home i was thinking about the Liffey and why was it being flooded when there is a so called shortage of drinking water. I am hoping that the lack of drinking water will bring an end to the flooding on the Liffey and we will be able to fish on it regularly. Last season was a complete washout for fishing on the Liffey as it was continually in flood. Here is hoping for a better season all round.

Back on the Liffey.

The season has now opened on the Liffey and i had my first outing on the river since last year. It seem such a long time since i last was out on the river Liffey. Last season turned out to be a washout with all the rain that fell. This made for very little fishing to be had on the Liffey for me so i was glad when the new season finally opened. For my first outing i had planned fishing on my local club waters at Kilcullen. I got to the river early so i could make the most of the day. As usual i had a good look around as i was getting set up. I noticed a few small fish rising upstream of me but i could not see if they were taking flies or not. I set the rod up with a team of wet flies to fish down and across as i made my way down stream.

River Liffey

The team i chose consisted of a Yellow Jack on the point with a Waterhen Bloa on the middle dropper and a Hares Lug and Plover on the top dropper. I fished all the likely lies and runs as i made my way slowly down stream. I like this part of the early season as i can get to fish on some of the places that become overgrown as the season progresses. These little spots are usually good for holding quality fish as they don’t get  fished much throughout the season. I was fishing for about an hour before i had my first hook up. It was a nice little fish which unfortunately i lost. He had taken the Yellow Jack. Another half hour passed before i finally had a fish in the net. A nice fish about ten inches in length hooked on the Yellow Jack.

First Trout 2013

I fished on for another while without any reward so i changed the team around keeping the Yellow Jack but changing it to the top dropper along with a Snipe and Purple on the point with a Winter Brown on the middle dropper. I was soon rewarded with my third fish of the season which took the Winter Brown. I had two more fish on the wet flies. One took the Winter Brown  the other took the Yellow Jack. I noticed a small number of Olives coming off the water that looked looked like Olive Uprights but i could not be sure of that. At this stage i had reach the point where i had planned on turning around at, so i changed over to a dry fly to fish it upstream as i made my way back to the car.

Winter on Liffey

The dry fly i chose was a Klinkhammer (Light Cahill). I fished with this for about half an hour without a response so i changed it for another Klinkhammer (Greenwells). I rose a fish with the Greenwells but i missed it. Another fish rose to the Greenwells i missed this one as well. After that i changed the flies several times but never rose another fish. In all it was a good start to the new season. The water temperature was a cool five degrees Celsius which is about average for this time of the year. I am looking forward to getting back out on the river Liffey, hopefully over the next weekend. It sure was great to be back fishing on this wonderful river.

Liffey Trout

2013 Looking Forward.

It has been quite a while since i have written any new articles to update the blog. Before i start to look forward to the twenty thirteen season, i first would like to reflect on the past season of twenty twelve. At the start of last season i had made many plans about my fishing for the new season. I drew up a list of places and fisheries that i had never fished on. I did some research on where to purchase the necessary permits and permissions from land owners. I also researched on what time of year was best for each fishery and what fly life i could expect to find there during the season. I then set about tying up some suitable patterns to use on these new fisheries. I was all set and was looking forward to fishing on new waters.

Liffey Trout

During the previous season (2011), i had received several enquiries from readers of the blog, some were enquiring about the flies i use and others enquired about whether i would do some guiding for them. Others enquired as to whether i would tie up some flies for them. I thought about the enquiries for some time before deciding what to do. In the end i decided that i would tie up flies to order for any reader that wanted flies, i also offered to do some guiding on a part time basis at weekends. I set a page up here where i listed the fly patterns i use through out the season, the readers could choose what patterns they wanted to order. As to the guiding, any reader that wished to be taken out for guiding they got in touch with me through the contact page at the top of the blog.

Cloonee

The season got off to a good start as i was able to get out on the river Liffey at the weekends. I also took several anglers out for the day on the Liffey from which i received good feedback from the anglers. The fly tying to order also kept me busy in the early part of the season. As the season progressed the weather changed for the worst. The almost constant rain raised the water levels on most fisheries leaving them too high to fish on. Eventually a break came in the weather and i was able to fish on the river Suir at Kilnameen Farmhouse in Co. Tipperary. I had a great outing at Kilnameen. After that the weather again turned for the worst, my local waters on the river Liffey were in constant flood every day. My best made plans were not to be. The rest of the season was very poor as a result of the persistent  bad weather.

River Suir, Kilnameen

It is now time to look forward to the approaching new season with renewed hope for last seasons plans. I am going to keep my plans of last season and i may add another few fisheries to them. There will also be another trip to St Mullins for the Twaite Shad when they appear back in the river Barrow. It was a memorable occasion from last season, my first Shad on the fly. As to fly fishing for other species, i have been invited out to fish for Bass and Mullet. I must say i am really looking forward to that. Artic Char is another species on my list of species to fly fish for. When it comes to fishing for the Char you are very limited in this country so i booked a fishing trip to Iceland in August with MBBfishing. I have never fished in any where other than Ireland so fishing in Iceland will be a new experience for me, one that i am so looking forward to.

Mullicháin Cafe

During the closed season i have been tying up several new patterns to try out when the season opens. Over the years i have had mixed results when it comes to my experimental patterns, some have proved worthwhile other not so much. As for tying flies to order, i am still doing so with a few orders already received. I also have received a few enquiries about guiding from visiting anglers. Lets hope the weather will be kinder and allow for more fishing during the season. Tight lines to all.

Sneem River

The dreadful weather that we have been having throughout this open season had all too often put an end to my plans of river fishing. My local river the Liffey is being flooded on a regular basis with water released by the dam at Golden Falls, leaving me having to go elsewhere to get some fishing done. The other rivers that are local to me are also  suffering with the the heavy rain fall which leaves them out of condition for fly fishing. I have tried to make plans to fish on other rivers that are within a couple of hours drive from me but as yet i have not been able to fish on these, again due to high coloured water.

Adaire Springs

When the fishing season is open i usually fish for wild brown trout on as many different rivers and lakes as i can throughout the season along with fishing on my local river. I have now found myself looking to the stocked fisheries in order to get some fishing done. One of the fisheries i have recently fished on is Adaire Springs in Mooncoin County Kilkenny. I first heard about Adaire Springs from a friend of mine who recommended i should check it out as he said “there is quality fishing to be had for both Rainbow and Brown Trout into double figures”. With this in mind i made my plans for a days outing to the fishery.

Rainbows end

On arrival at the fishery i met with Ned Maher who is the owner of Adaire Springs. Ned put on the kettle and we sat down and had a chat about the fishery over several cups of tea. I noticed while looking at the photo gallery there is some very nice double figure fish on display along with some very proud anglers. I also noticed that there were several fish rising out in the lake and i wondered what they were rising to. After the tea , i got set up for the fishing, i started off with a five weight rod and floating line to which i tied on a dry fly in a size fourteen. The fly i chose was one of my own tyings which i tie up to represent several different naturals, a general all rounder.

Adaire, Brown Trout

I set off around the lake and started casting to the fish that were actively feeding at the surface. On my third cast a fish rose and took the fly but unfortunately i failed to connect with it. Moving on to the next stand i could see a few more fish at the surface. I cast the fly over these and another fish rose and took the fly, this time i connected with it. After a good tussle i had a nice Rainbow trout in the net, a nice full finned fish of about three pounds weight. I replaced the fly with another of the same pattern. I generally change flies after each catch as the fly gets soaked and therefore does not float as it should. I was soon into another hard fighting Rainbow trout which i landed and released.

Iggy with a nice Brownie

As i moved on around the lake i was casting to the fish that i saw rising, i caught and released two more nice Rainbow trout before i took a break for a bit of lunch. While having my lunch i got talking to some of the anglers who regularly fish at Adaire. They talked about some of the big brown trout that are present in lake and of the tactics they use to catch them. They also talked about their fishing adventure to Canada with MBB Fishing. The Canadian fishing trips sounded great, so much so that i am now pencilled in for one of the next Canadian ventures. Something that i will be looking forward to as i have never fished in Canada.

Ned Maher with a big Rainbow Trout

After lunch i set up a six weight rod with a sinking line and tied on a lure (Cats Whisker). One of the regulars Iggy swears by the Cats Whisker so i just had to give it a go. I fished this method for a while before i got the hang of it. I caught another four fish with the Cat all good hard fighting Rainbows. I then changed back to fishing with the five weight rod and a dry fly. I wanted to catch myself one of the much talked about big brown trout. I caught another two more Rainbow trout with the dry fly but the big brownies proved elusive. It was soon time to call an end to a great day out at Adaire Springs.

Adaire Springs

Before i set off for home i had another chat with Ned about the fishery and about having family day out there. Family are very welcome at Adaire and there is full facilities on site to cater for the young angler. Rod hire is available along with all the other bits and bobs that are needed for a day out. There is an on site BBQ which is available for any one fishing to use. Life jackets are compulsory for under fourteens and these are provided on site when you purchase a day ticket. Tuition is given freely to all junior anglers who require it.

5 year old Alex Brady with a big Brownie

Family  day :

The following weekend i headed back down to Adaire Springs, this time i was accompanied by two of my nephews along with my sister and her husband, my brother and with his wife. We were all set for a family day out and we were hoping for some good weather. On arrival i introduced everyone to the fishery owner Ned. The two young lads were excited and were anxious to get out on the lake to get fishing. We got the lads set up and cast their bait out into the lake and we did not have too long of a wait before the first fish was on. A real excited 8 year old Dylan reeled in his first Rainbow trout.

Dylan and Ritchie

We unhooked the fish and took a few pics of Dylan with it before we released it back to the lake. It was not long before the next fish was on, this time it was Gavins turn to reel in his first Rainbow trout. The lads kept me busy baiting and unhooking so I did not get much time to set up a fly rod for my brother in law until Iggy came along and gave me a hand with the lads. Iggy is one of the Springs regulars and he is always willing to help out with the younger anglers. While Iggy was guiding the lads, i set up the fly rod for Joe and gave him some tuition on how to cast and do a simple retrieve. I left Joe to fish away and went back to the lads. Iggy had everything under control in his easy going way. The lads enjoyed the guiding from Iggy.

Gavin with his first fish

While i was helping out with the lads another Springs regular Fergal called Dylan over. Fergal had a fish hooked on his fly rod and he passed the rod over to Dylan to get a taste of a big trout on a fly rod. It was fun to watch the young lad trying to land the fish, unfortunately for Dylan the fish was too strong and broke the leader. The lads traded fish for fish right up until we had a break for a bit of food. The girls had prepared a nice barbeque for  everyone. At this stage the total count of fish landed and released was nine fish for Gavin, eight for Dylan, four for Ritchie and none for Joe and myself. The young ones were showing me how to do it. After we finished our food i said to the lads “will we try get into double figures with the fish totals”. They were all on for that.

Gina and Breda

I baited up the rods again and the lads started to fish, meanwhile Joe was busy trying to hook himself a Rainbow. The weather was absolutely fabulous all day with a nice warm breeze and full sun shine. The fish were proving more of a challenge as the were keeping down out of the sun. Next one to catch a fish was Joe, his patience paid off as he landed a nice Rainbow Trout. Another fish was landed soon after by Gavin bringing his total now to the magic double figure of ten. Dylan had one more fish to make his total nine, it was then time to call it a day.

A Rainbow for Joe

We packed up all the gear and said our good byes to all at Adaire and thanked them for helping us all with having a great day out. The lads were completely worn out and they soon fell asleep in the car on the way home. A special thank you from myself to Ned, Iggy and Fergal for all the help making it a special day out for the young lads. They are now well and truly hooked, thank you.

Thanks also to Ned and Joe for the use of their photos here.

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

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