One of the most common queries I get is around my approach to saltwater fly fishing. So here is a quick introduction.
I use 2 set-ups for most of my saltwater fly fishing. A 9ft 5wt with full floating line. This is my go-to kit when fishing over very shallow clean ground in clear water. One reason for this is the lighter outfit is less likely to spook fish. Another is that the flies I typically use here are small, similar to the size of most trout flies. Another plus is that this outfit doubles up as a mullet rod so I can target both species at the same time.
The other outfit I use is a 9ft 9wt. My personal favourite is the Mackenzie FX1 Salt rod. I have a few different lines that I use on this rod. Mostly I use a Rio Outbound Short coldwater line in intermediate and I also carry the full float in the same line (for surface flies). Another line I use is an OPST shooting head with various density tips. I find this line great for really big flies.
The majority of the time I am using the 9wt is for casting larger flies and or fishing over rougher ground. I also use it in estuaries in channels with a strong current.
Recent guided sessions produced some nice spring salmon from the Munster Blackwater river. This season the water levels have been quite high on our local rivers and fly fishing opportunities have been fairly limited. Luckily the weather has been improving and the rivers reached a better if not ideal fly fishing height, particularly in the upper stretches. As a consequence we managed a few very nice salmon.
My guests were using two outfits, one was a 13’7 Mackenzie Atlas rod matched with a Mackenzie Phased Density Shooting Head in Float/Sink 2 and a short leader to a White Francis fly.
The other client used a 15ft Mackenzie FX1 GRAPHENE Rod matched with a Mackenzie Float/S1 shooting head and attached to the business end was a local shrimp fly pattern called Hick’s Bug. The guys were blown away by this kit and when good fish came the were even more impressed.
So some very happy anglers and a nice tackle test was a great result. The river is coming into good order again after the latest flood so fingers crossed for some more action. Tight lines!
On May 18th to 20th Ken Whelan is once again teaming up me for a salmon fishing course on the River Erriff. This course will be suitable for beginners and improvers.
We are delighted to be back on the Erriff following fantastic feedback from our previous course at this stunning location. Moreover the fishery had a very good salmon season in 2017.
This weekend course (Friday evening to Sunday) covers all you need to know to get started and improve your salmon fishing – from tackle selection and casting to fishing techniques and much more. See details below:
This time around accommodation is available at Delphi, both at the Resort itself and in the new, recently opened hostel accommodation. See below for contact details. (https://www.delphiadventureresort.com/) For anyone wishing to fish on arriving early or stay on an extra day, Erriff Fishery is offering day tickets at a reduced rate to those attending the course. [Contact Erriff Fishery Manager Osgur Grieve (087 4644183].