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With the 2011 fishing season nearly upon us, i went for a walk down to my local fishery on the River Liffey at Kilcullen. Being only a stones throw from my house, this part of the river Liffey is a favourite one of mine. The local angling club Kilcullen Trout and Salmon Anglers Association control this stretch of water. On arrival to the river i found that it was in full flood from water being released from the Hydro Electric Station at Golden Falls Dam.

Kilcullen T&SAA Liffey in flood

All of the bankside vegetation was now in winter condition and looking extremely bare. There was not much signs of life about the place with the exception of a Tree Creeper busily feeding on an Alder tree.  The only fly life i came across were a few Cow Dung Flies gathered on some fresh sheep droppings.

Kilcullen T&SAA

I walked up river for about fifteen hundred Metres but as i was not able to cross the river i had to turn back. On the way back i flushed out a pair of Mallard, a Woodcock and a Waterhen. I also noticed that there was lots of Crayfish claws and heads scattered along parts of the river bank a sure sign of Mink feeding on them. I recall last year sitting on the bank for ten or more minutes watching a Mink catching several Crayfish before moving on up river.

Liffey, Kilcullen

I am looking forward to getting back out fishing this season. I have a few new flies that i have tied up during the winter months. It will be good to see whether these new flies will work or not. I will be reporting on their progress during the season. I have had a few enquiries as to when the season starts and ends. The season on the river Liffey runs from the 1st of March and it finishes on the 30th of September.

Kilcullen T&SAA

There are a numbers of memberships available for this season in Kilcullen Trout & Salmon Anglers Association. Day tickets are also being made available for visiting anglers that may want to fish on the club waters. To find out more about new memberships check out  http://www.facebook.com/KilcullenAnglers

Sacred Heart & Saint Brigid

Finally may i wish tight lines to all throughout the coming season and remember your safety is in your hands. Think safety, wear a buoyancy aid and look out for rising water on the Liffey as it is unpredictable due to unexpected releases from the Dam at Golden Falls.

5 Responses to “River Liffey, Kilcullen (pre season)”

  1. David says:

    I often walk the dog in the usual fishing spots on the River Sullane here in Cork, they look totally different in the deep mid winter close season. Does the club trap the mink on their stretch of River as the affect on the small fish stocks by mink can be quite severe I think?

  2. wgsten says:

    Hi David. Kilcullen anglers does not have a policy of trapping mink. Over the years i have been checking Mink spraints/scats i have noticed in the majority of them were Crayfish remnants whilst only a small minority of them contained fish bones. I have also been keeping an eye the wildfowl on this stretch of water and noted there are still fairly abundant. I have only heard of one report from another angler on how he observed one day a Mink take a duckling from the water surface. Good to see you back at your Blog.
    wgsten.

  3. David says:

    Thanks, I know that many mink are trapped on our river because it is thought they are detrimental to the fish stocks. We don’t have the crayfish or duck population so maybe they are feeding solely on trout. It’s very difficult to fight the cause of an introduced species when they are portrayed as killing machines I suppose. I did see an otter last September while sitting on a rock midstream tying up a leader, don’t think I breathed for the couple of minutes it was working the water around me. Keep going with your great blog. David.

  4. wgsten says:

    @David. An Otter is a wonderful sight to see. We have a few of them visiting our waters but each time i get to see one i never have my camera to hand. I think the most damaging predator to our fish stocks is the Cormorant. On several occasions i have come upon large numbers of them (15+) along the river bank and as these are a protected species you need a permit to cull them and even then the number you can cull is very low. They are a problem on most waters including stocked fisheries. I have had many reports from fishery oweners about the amount of predation by them. Tight lines for the coming season.
    wgsten.

  5. Frank Farrell says:

    A Liam, A chara

    It is only when I logged on to your blog that I learned of the death of your Father. I am sorry to hear this terrible news. You had mentioned to me at an earlier point of him being unwell but it is never easy to lose a loved one. I am sure he is very proud of you and that he will be thinking fondly and constantly of you in his new found paradise.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

    Frank Farrell

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