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Last sunday i went down to fish the river Liffey near Kilcullen Co. Kildare. I got there about eight o’clock and decided that i would fish on until dark to see what the night time rise would be like. I fished a stretch of water from the island above the canoe club up towards Sallymount. It’s a stretch which consists mainly of slow deep water with just a few fast runs. I started off fishing with one of my klinkhammers, which proved successful, catching some nice fish up to the pound mark. About nine thirty i noticed some small sedges appearing over the water, so i changed over to a small foam sedge that i have been trying this year. It is a fly, based on an idea i picked up in one of the angling monthly magazines to which i have added my own twist. On this occasion the fly worked extremely well. I managed fifteen trout with the best one over the two pound mark.

 

Kilcullen trout
Kilcullen trout

 

All fish were returned alive. It was a very enjoyable and productive outing to Kilcullen.

 

This stretch of water is controlled by Kilcullen Trout & Salmon Anglers Association. Annual permits are available locally for €15 at Fraser Oil, Main Street, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare. I met a club member on the night who told me it was advisable to buy a permit as the water is patrolled regularly by club members. He also said that the club had stocked the river with brown trout up until last year. I mentioned to him that the fish i caught were all wild browns to which he replied that one of the reasons for not stocking this year was in other years as soon as the word was out that the river was stocked it became over fished until no stockies were to be had.

River Liffey circa 1800
River Liffey circa 1800

 

 

I shall be looking forward to my next outing to Kilcullen Anglers.

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