Last Sunday I traveled to Courtlough Fishery in Dublin to tutor the Match the Hatch Course with Ken Whelan. We had 14 participants on the course and Garrett the fishery manager and the staff at Courtlough were very welcoming to everyone. In the morning Ken went through a PowerPoint presentation on the various important species likely to be living in the lake.
We then headed down to the water to for a kick sampling session. Everyone took part and Ken provided the required equipment for the session.
It was great to see all the insect life collected and identified and it proved to be a real ‘eye opener’ for the participants who really enjoyed this aspect of the course, despite the very cold weather.
Next it was time for lunch and we headed back to the bar (yes bar!) for soup and sandwiches. The hot soup was very welcome and again Courtlough set the standard by providing additional sandwiches tea/coffee and biscuits. With full tummies it was time for the afternoon session. This was where I took over and showed everyone a series of imitative fly patterns designed to look and/or move like the insects we found in the lake.
We headed back down to the water and I demonstrated a few fishing techniques for replicating the movement of the naturals. The guys then had time to do some fishing themselves and try to put what they learned into practice. I used two Mackenzie DTX single handed rods for my demo and the boys were keen to get their hands on them. Ken had a go with the 10ft 7wt with a fast intermediate line and a damsel imitation. Within the first few casts he was into a lovely rainbow.
Everyone was very impressed with these rods. A few more fish were caught and as the sun and temperatures dropped it was time to call it a day. The feedback afterwards was really positive and this was most satisfying for Ken and I.
Our next Match the Hatch course will take place in Ratchon Fishery on March 1st. In the meantime I am taking bookings for a Stillwater Tactics course at Ardaire Springs fishery in Mooncoin. For more info click here. As I have recently been appointed to the Mackenzie Pro Team for Ireland I will have a range of single handed rods with me for these courses.