My good friend Ken Whelan and I have teamed up again for 2016 to run a variety of fantastic fishing courses. These courses are aimed at beginners and improvers. There will be courses on salmon fishing, matching the hatch for river trout, and day/night fishing for seatrout. After the success of last years courses for trout and seatrout we are delighted to add the salmon course for 2016. (Click on any of the images below for more details).
The venues for this year are really great. The Salmon course takes place over the course of a full weekend on the River Erriff (in conjunction with Delphi Resort) and there is some top class accommodation available as part of the whole package. Participants will stay at the wonderful Aashleagh lodge and meals are also included.
We had a lot of interest in the river trout match the hatch course last year and so this year we are holding the course in Leixlip on the River Rye. I always feel that this is a great value for money course for anyone into trout fly fishing.
The feedback on our sea trout course last year was tremendous and we are delighted to once again have access to the famed Clohamon beat of the River Slayney. July should be a great time for sea trout and this course is unique in Ireland catering for both day time and night time sea trout fishing techniques. I have fished for these trout since I was a boy and Ken has written a book on the species! It’s going to be another cracker!
Last weekend I travelled up to the village of Bunclody, Wexford to meet up with my good friend Ken Whelan to deliver our sea trout course on the magnificent Clohamon beat of the river Slayney. The first element of this course took place on Saturday afternoon and consisted of detailed information on the sea trout itself(delivered by Ken) and tactics for catching them, particularly at night on the fly (delivered by yours truly).
Once the classroom presentations were delivered and some excellent questions from the eight participants answered we were joined by another pal of ours and pro fly tyer Denis O’Toole. Denis tied the flies featured in Kens sea trout book “Nomads of the tides”, and he tied a sea trout tube fly for each of the course participants which they added to the complimentary box of six flies they already had received.
We then headed over to a local hotel and had a fantastic three course meal. That really set us up for a few hours night fishing! From there we went to the fabulous Clohamon beat which had some lovely water and excellent facilities. Everyone set up their tackle and spread out to their fishing spots assisted by the course delivery team. The fishing was slow to start but eventually a few nice fish were hooked (and lost) on surface lures and then one of the participants landed a nice finnock.
At about 2am it was time to finish up and head to our accommodation. After a substantial breakfast we all met up again on Sunday morning at the Clohamon beat. I did a demonstration on some daytime tactics including wet fly and streamer fishing. The participants fished on for a while and some more fish up to about 1.5lbs were hooked.
We have already received some really positive feedback on the course from the participants. They were very complimentary of the fishery and the combination of theory and practice in the course and inclusion of the flies and fly tying session. Once again our resident photographer Kuba Standera did an awesome job. Looking forward to our next course already!