Upcoming Salmon Course

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:

23.12.17 Erriff Salmon Course 2018

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].

Spring Salmon Flies

Here are a few salmon flies for the Spring.  Some Irish rivers will be open very soon and of course the Munster Blackwater will open on February 1st.  Experience says the best fishing will be between Ballyduff and Fermoy.  Some cold weather with low clear water would be ideal.

Black & Green Double

Black & Green Double

Black and green can be a good combination in the spring.  It is worth noting that when the water is low and clear you don’t always have to fish really big heavy flies.  I also like flies with some yellow in them in the spring.



Of course any combination of yellow, orange and black is great for salmon.  The profile of flies tied with arctic fox always looks good.

Arctic Fox Profile

Arctic Fox Profile

If you are faced with high coloured water then some big bright tube flies are worth a go.

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So if the river is good order it will surely be worth a try.  However, always be mindful of kelts and baggots at this time of year!