Course Update

So far we have had a great response to the Matching the Hatch Course to run in Courtlough Fishery on January 18th. Further to Derek Evans article in todays’ Irish Times angling column please find below some additional detail on the course content:

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Phase 1: (classroom) – slides and images as an introduction to small still water entomology, including images of what we may find in the lake. A summary of the various life cycles (including fry) and the sequence of insect hatches throughout the season.  Details of important terrestrials likely to feature on the trouts diet during the year.

Getting prepared in the seminar room.

Phase 2: – collecting and sorting the insects into groups along the lake shore

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LUNCH BREAK

Phase 3: – going through the fly boxes and tying in the imitations with the natural animals. Emphasis will be placed on how the insects, crustaceans / snails move and how the flies move in the water and at what depth.

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Fry imitation Articulated Zonker with diving vane

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Shrimp Imitation

Phase 4: – angling approaches, equipment and tackle, techniques and set ups

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A place on the course would make an ideal Christmas gift!

Matching the Hatch – 2015 Course

I am very pleased to announce that I will be teaming up with Ken Whelan for a unique ‘match the hatch’ type course for those who fly fish small lakes and reservoirs.  The course will take place 18th January at Courtlough Fishery in Balbriggan Dublin and will include insect identification and how to fish matching imitative flies successfully.  If you are interested in participating on this course just get in touch with me by email at: gamefishingireland@gmail.com or by phone at 087-2965712.  Enrolling someone on this course would also make for a very timely Christmas present at this time of year.  Course fee includes a light lunch and places are limited. For further course information click on the link below:

Matching the Hatch Course

Kick Sampling the Waterford Reservoirs

Following on from his last visit to Waterford where Dr Ken Whelan caught a superb 8lbs brown trout after kick sampling the margins of Carrigavantry, he was back again but this time it was Knockaderry Reservoir. To say Ken was impressed with the rich variety of quality food items available for the resident trout would be something of an understatement. Each area of the lake sampled showed some fantastic aquatic insects. There were everything from tiny fish, various caddis, chironomids, water worms, leeches, to nymphs shrimps and water boatmen.

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One scoop of the little sample net near the boat dock contained some cracking damsel nymphs. Any trout would be glad to get hold of these beauties.

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There was also some serious snails in the margins and lots of hoglouse.

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After the sampling was completed Ken had a try at catching some trout. Conditions were more suitable to nabbing a rainbow trout as it was very warm and bright. There were a few rainbows rising in the wind lanes and Ken managed to catch several of these on emergers.

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They were very hard fighting trout and some of the overwintered rainbows were fin perfect and of a good size. Nice going Ken.

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River Trout Fly Fishing Course

This course will take place at the fantastic Ballyduff Bridge Fishery (River Blackwater) on Sunday April 13th 2014 at 9.30am.  At a very affordable price of just €60 per person the course will incorporate:

  • Dry Fly
  • Wet Fly
  • Dry/dropper (New Zealand Style)
  • Nymph Fishing
  • Streamers

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A nice trout caught New Zealand style.

All aspects of these techniques will be explained including tackle choice, leader set up, fly selection and presentation.  The course tuition will last for approximately 4 hours and course participants can fish the beat for trout (catch and release) for the evening. We will be available to provide further advice if needed.

I am delighted to be able to announce that I will be joined on the day by Mackenzie Pro Team Guide Maurice Cahill.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spend time with both a myself and a Mackenzie Pro at such an affordable price.

MacKenzie Pro Guide Maurice Cahill

All course participants will be provided with a detailed set of course notes. If you want to learn about river trout fly fishing or improve upon your current knowledge book a place by contacting me by phone 087 2965712 or e-mail: gamefishingireland@gmail.com.  Places are limited.  A booking deposit of €30 applies.

 

Stillwater Fly Fishing Course

This course will take place at the excellent facilities of Ardaire Springs Angling Centre on Sunday February 23rd 2014 at 9.30am.  At a very affordable price of just €60 per person this course will cover:

  • Dry Fly
  • Wet Fly
  • Lures
  • Nymphs/Buzzers

All aspects of these techniques will be covered including tackle choice, leader set up, fly selection and presentation.  The course tuition will last for approximately 4 hours and course participants can fish on at Ardaire for the rest of the day. We will be available to provide further advice if needed.  Course participants will also be provided with a set of course notes.

If you want to learn about stillwater fly fishing or just improve upon your current knowledge book a place by contacting Ned at 086 812 8937 or myself at 087 2965712.  Places are limited.  A booking deposit of €30 applies.

A quality Ardaire bow.

A quality Ardaire Rainbow.

Boobies and Rampant Rabbits at Ardaire Springs!!!!!

I took Kuba, Dave and Frank over to Ardaire Springs yesterday. We were joined by Mick who is really getting into this Winter stillwater fishing. The guys started fishing and nothing was happening except for one Mick had on a bloodworm.  I decided to try my new articulated zonker in the hope of a decent fish, and it worked!

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I showed the guys the fly I caught on.

Articulated Zonker with diving vane

Articulated Zonker with diving vane

Mick said he didn’t have any of these articulated Rabbit flies with Vibrating lips but he would try a snake fly and I gave Kuba one of my chartreuse snakes to try.  Everyone started to smash fish!

Mick catches on his Rabbit Fly!

Mick catches on his Rabbit Fly!

Someone made a comment that the Rabbit flies were rampant.  SO for the rest of the day snake flies and zonkers were known as Rampant Rabbit flies!!!!!!

A nice bow for Kuba on a Chartreuse Snake

A nice bow for Kuba on a Chartreuse Snake

After lunch the day changed and the fishing got really really tough.  Dave and Frank picked up a few fish on static bloodworms and Kuba caught a nice brown on one of my Dabblers.

A nice brown caught on a dabbler

A nice brown caught on a dabbler

I managed to winkle out a few more on a small Booby before we finished up.

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The guys commented on how they had really enjoyed the day and picked up a few new fishing techniques.  The banter was great and everyone caught fish!!

Small Water Winter Tactics

It’s that time of year to try the small water trout fisheries rather than packing away your fly fishing tackle.  I recently visited Ardaire Springs in Mooncoin with my friend Kuba to show him some of the tactics I would use on a small water in winter time.  Kuba is a great guy and has experience working for a fly fishing magazine in Poland.  In fact he still submits the occasional fly fishing article.

The weather was somewhat wintery as we set off on our journey to Kilkenny, although not quite as cold as I would have liked.

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When we got to the lake I set up 2 rods.  A 10ft 7wt Hardy with a sinking sweep line and a 10ft 6wt Hardy with a full floater.

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A few fish were cruising the margins just below the surface.  I quickly tied on a black fly and dropped it as close to a trouts nose as I could manage for my first cast.

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CRASH – Fish on!

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Once I had caught a fish or two from the margins in one spot they moved out further and into deeper water after the disturbance. I walked around the lake targeting fish along the margins in this fashion for a while.  A few more anglers arrived so I decided to opt for a change in tactics which met with instant results. Just a look at the bend in that Hardy 10ft 7wt!

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I switched to lure on a sinking line and caught a few nice rainbows. Kuba put on a lure (saltwater fly!) and had some success with that also.  Some visiting anglers from Cork were having good success with BIG Snake Flies on really fast sinkers.  A few more fish and it was time for lunch.

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With the fish having seen all manner and colour of lures I figured that something more subtle would work best after lunch.  There was a spell of about 2 hours where the fish went sour and the other anglers were really struggling.  Even guys fishing the ever reliable bloodworm weren’t catching.  However, my decision to switch to a dabbler on a sweep line caught me several nice fish.

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When I went back over to where Kuba was fishing he looked quite surprised that I was catching on a dabbler but that’s fishing.  I demonstrated the technique I was using to him and caught a few more fish in the process.

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It was a very enjoyable day and we agreed to return to Ardaire Springs around Christmas by which time the weather should have turned colder and I can hopefully demonstrate some more tactics and techniques to Kuba. With a bit of luck we will catch lots more quality fish!

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