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!
I’ve been very busy lately with casting tuition and guiding. There is a good run of salmon at the moment but most of my guiding has been for wild river trout and a day or two on stillwaters. The reservoirs have been fishing really well.
The hard fighting rainbows give a great battle.
Still there is something about wild river browns that makes them special regardless of size.
Although when you hook up into a good one the heart races. One of my clients from Atlanta lost an 18inch brown at the net on the River Blackwater the other day. His face said it all!!
There is a lot more trout food in that river than some people realise.
I have been hearing a lot of talk lately about getting more youth involved in fishing and fly fishing. I know my local club has a youth day coming up and despite a hectic guiding schedule that weekend I will be there to help out. But there is no point talking about it, you have to get out there and do it!
This weekend I’m one of the experts at the Northwest Angling Fair in Strabane. I’m looking forward to it a lot. I’m demonstrating and giving casting advice on the Suir next weekend and on a stillwater the weekend after. And Ken Whelan and I have Seatrout fishing courses coming up in July and August. I think the August one will be a cracker so watch this space!!
Delighted to be able to announce details of this course with Ken Whelan. It is going to be really informative for those of you who river fish for wild brown trout. Are you interested on what these fish are feeding on, and how to imitate these food sources with artificial fly? If so, then this is the course for you. It is being held on the River Annalee (in association with the Cavan Anglers Club), Ballyhaise, Co.Cavan on Sunday April 26th. Places are limited so get in touch ASAP if you want to participate.