Yesterday I traveled up to Cavan with Ken Whelan to deliver our trout match the hatch course on the River Annalee. On arrival we were met by a very enthusiastic bunch of participants, mostly members from the Bunnoe and Cavan Angling Clubs.
In the morning classroom session Ken gave a presentation on the insects likely to be encountered in the river and how to identify them.
I delivered the next session which was choosing suitable imitations and also tackle set up for fishing them.
After a bite to eat we went to the river and the course participants kick-sampled the river. A fantastic selection of trout food was discovered including cased caddis, caseless caddis, stone clingers, mayfly nymphs, water worms and more! I then demonstrated various fishing techniques and caught a few nice wild trout on nymphs.
The participants fished the river for a while and put what they learned into practice, catching some nice fish in the process. It was a superb day on a cracking river spent with some great people. We will be organising another match the hatch river course for a few weeks time. In the meantime I have a salmon fishing course organised for the Munster Blackwater on May 17th. There are still three spaces left on that one.