Irish Angling Update – 2nd April, 2008

From the Central &
Regional Fisheries Boards


2 April 2008


Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer






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Rainbow Trout up to 18 lbs. reported from the Corkagh Park Fishery in
Clondalkin in


Some very good Salmon fishing reported from Lough Currane.


Young anglers enjoy good trout fishing on the Rivers Tolka
and Dodder in


Trout of 10 lbs. and 7 lbs. reported from Lough Conn.


Some good Bream fishing reported from Lough Ree at Inny Bay.


Dutch anglers enjoy some excellent Pike fishing in Co.


















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Godfrey Donohue Managing Director reports from the CORKAGH
near Clondalkin in
Dublin. Ph: +353 (0)1 4592622 mob: +353 (0)87 2650495 e-mail: Web:


On the trout lake, Graham Quigley had
a nice 18 pounder over the weekend. Harry Kilpatrick had 15 trout, best of
which was 10 lbs. John Cheaney had a couple of nice trout earlier today (Tues)
- best fish 4 lbs and broke in a very large double. Paul McBrian has fished all
week and has had trout every day to 6 lbs. There are many other good bags being
caught around the lake - too many to mention! 
Flies that are working include Humungous, Hot Tailed Zonkers, Buzzers,
and Emergers.


Report for weekending the 23rd of March


The trout lake fished very well at
the weekend with Graham Quigley catching a super 17 pound rainbow trout and 6
or 7 other fish. Graham is only fishing for trout for about 6 weeks and has
been a regular customer this past 6 weeks. Harry Kilpatrick had 15 trout - all
on buzzers. Neil Keane had 5 trout to 6 pounds on Easter Monday. Jimmy Duggen
had 3 trout to 5 pounds today.



Josie Mahon reports :                20/3/08


The annual media fly
fishing competition took place on Friday, 14th March at Annamoe
Fishery, Annamoe, Co. Wicklow. Organised by the Irish Times, Annamoe Fishery
and the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, the event has proved extremely
popular over the years and now attracts the top angling broadcast and print
media from Ireland and the UK.

16 anglers from a variety
of broadcast and print media took part in the competition on the scenic fly
fishing lake in Annamoe Fishery including Derek Davis and Fergal Keane from
RTE; Dick Warner from the Irish Examiner; Paddy O'Flaherty from BBC Radio
Ulster; Michael Flanagan from the Sunday World; Gillian Mills from Inshore
Ireland and Ceri Jones from Trout Fisherman to name but a few. 49 hard fighting
rainbow trout were caught, recorded and released during the competition. A
minnow was also caught by newcomer Gillian Mills but unfortunately that
couldn't be counted!

It was a very close contest
again this year with the top two teams, Trout Fisherman and the Irish Times recording
10 fish each. However, once the total points were added up, it was the Trout
Fisherman team of Welsh angler Ceri Jones and Julie Gerry that won out with a
total of 465 points. Ceri and Julie were presented with the beautiful perpetual
Waterford Crystal trophy sponsored by Failte

Ceri continued his winning
streak and also took home a beautiful mounted display of trout flies tied by
Jimmy Tyrell of Irish Fly Craft and sponsored by Irish Countryman's Weekly for
catching the largest fish (53cm) and a weekend away at the Glendalough Hotel
for catching the tagged fish. Ceri is a regular visitor to
Ireland and usually goes fishing
out West and in the Southwest but this was his first experience of fishing on
the East. In order to show Ceri the fantastic wild brown trout fishing
available in the region, the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board in conjunction
with Failte
Ireland organised for Ceri to fish
on the Saturday and Sunday with top angling guide John Higgins on the River
Liffey in Newbridge, Co Kildare. The weather on Saturday should have made
conditions difficult but under John's guidance, Ceri still managed to catch 13
good sized trout on the Saturday and 12 on the Sunday. Ceri enjoyed the fishing
in Kildare so much that he didn't even stop to watch
Wales beat France in the Grand Slam and he
has already booked to return in April to continue fishing with John!

Second and third place
winners, Derek Evans and Denis Coghlan (Irish Times) and Philip
Lawton and David Wilkinson (Irish
Countryman's Weekly) also took home Waterford Crystal prizes. Derek Evans was
also presented with the prize of a top quality Shimano rod, sponsored by the
Eastern Regional Fisheries Board for the second largest fish of 52cm. There was
a fantastic array of prizes on offer at the ceremony in the Glendalough Hotel
and the organisers, Derek Evans of the Irish Times and Brian Nally of Annamoe
both thanked all the sponsors, particularly, Failte Ireland for providing the
beautiful Waterford Crystal prizes as well as the co-sponsors Irish Game Fairs
Ltd, the Glendalough Hotel and Irish Countryman's Weekly.

Brian Nally of Annamoe
Trout Fishery announced that he has decided to retire and he will be selling
the fishery shortly. Brian has worked in Fisheries for the last 30 years and
since taking over Annamoe, he has transformed it into one of the best
fly-fisheries in
Ireland. As well as looking after
domestic and international anglers, hosting winter leagues and competitions
etc; Brian has also contributed a great deal to the local community employing
generations of young people from the Wicklow area. He was a pleasure to work
with and a true gentleman and we wish him all the very best in his retirement.

Results of Competition








(1cm = 1 point)




Trout Fisherman

Ceri Jones

Julie Gerry






Irish Times

Derek Evans

Denis Coghlan






Irish Countryman's Weekly

Philip Lawton

David Wilkinson






Hooked on the Moy

John Geary

David Faichney







Fergal Keane

Derek Davis






Sunday World/Irish Anglers Digest

Michael Flanagan

Jimmy Tyrell






BBC Ulster Radio/Irish Examiner

Paddy O'Flaherty

Dick Warner






Inshore Ireland

Gillian Mills

Tim Magennis



No. of Teams
competing  = 8

No. of Fish
landed = 49

Tagged Fish
= Ceri Jones (Trout Fisherman)

Largest Fish
= Ceri Jones (Trout Fisherman) 53cm

largest Fish = Derek Evans (Irish Times) 52cm


River Tolka

17th March saw the opening of the Tolka
Rivers in
Dublin. The opening day produced  good fishing for stocked rainbow and wild
brown trout with more than 50 fish were caught on the day. The Competition was
sponsored by The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, Josie Mahon (representing
Dublin Angling Initiative) was on hand to present the prizes and despite the
bad weather a great day was had by all who participated. Anglers fly fishing
could try beaded weighted nymphs, wet iron blue duns and bloody butchers.  Anglers are encouraged to return wild fish.

Results of Jnr.  Competition  (From Eamon Lynch, Tolka Trout Anglers)

First : Kyle McCormick
with a fish of 1lbs 10 and a quarter oz's
Second : Daren  Hanlon  With a fish of  1lbs 9 and a half oz's
Third:    :  Jake Vavasour  With a fish of 1lbs and 8
and a half  oz's

Results of the Snr.  Competition

First: Paul (Wogga) Barnes with a fish of 2 lbs and 1 and 3 quarter oz's
Second : David McCormick with a fish of 1 lbs and 10 and half oz's
Third:  Stephen OReilly with a fish of 1 lbs and 7 oz's

Pictures available at this link look for Patrick's weekend 2008 >


St. Patrick's
Day saw the opening day for the River Dodder. A good head of fish were caught
up to 2lbs in weight. The majority were caught on bait. Fly fishing is
encouraged as is returning wild fish. 
Wet olive patterns, iron blue duns, weighted nymphs and bloody butchers
should work well in the coming weeks.


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Tourism Ltd. 

Tadhg Cosgrove, Marketing Manager reports fromBALLYHASS
in Co. Cork


Open Days success at Ballyhass Lakes


Despite the heavy rain and strong winds last
weekend at Ballyhass Lakes Cecilstown Mallow, a large number of anglers came
and braved the conditions. They were not disappointed as top Irish and British
fly fishing experts came to demonstrate their skills and provide one to one
instruction. Each participant was given a welcome pack from the Irish Angler
Magazine and the Donegal Fly Fishing Company.


Local instructor Michael Drinan (Rathcormac) took
the fly tying classes and demonstrated these results on the
Kanturk River. Glenda Powell (Blackwater Lodge)
demonstrated the double handed cast as well as correcting many bad habits much
to surprise of some anglers. British instructors Malcolm Cocliff, Robbie Winram
and Jim Fern gave many one to one instructions while conducting clinics
offering practical and technical advice to all.

There was a huge interest in the boat competition
on both days as two youngsters stood out from the other competitors. The
competition on Saturday was won by Michael Swift (15 yrs), Williamstown Galway.
Sunday's competition was won by Shane Bird (16 yrs) Togher Cork. Both have very
good prospects and hopefully might represent
Ireland in the near future. The prize on both
days was sponsored by Donegal Fly Fishing Company. A box of 100 trout flies was
given to both winners.


The draw competition on Saturday was won by Donie
O'Sullivan Lombardstown Co Cork and Sunday's draw competition was won by Paul
Barrett Glanmire Cork. A free day catch and release and boat hire at
Ballyhass Lakes was represented to both winners.


A special mention must be given to Jimmy O'Brien,
Blarney Cork a regular at
Ballyhass Lakes who caught 77 trout on Saturday.


As there has been a great interest in the Saturday
morning juvenile lessons the number of places available has expanded. The
lesson runs for three hours from
10am until 1pm. These lessons are suitable for 11 to 16year olds.
Rods and tackle will be supplied. For more information please contact reception
at 022/27773 or


Please note that Ballyhass Lakes open at 9:00 am until dusk weekdays and weekends,
salmon licences for the
Blackwater River are available at reception.


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Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel, angling guide Vincent Appleby reports on the past
week's fishing trends on the LOUGH CURRANE system:





30/3/08 made a
reasonable flood through the night and early this morning, so as you can
imagine my noble salmon weren't in a taking mood, and as the lake was a bit on
the dirty side that is not surprising. Wind SW light to fresh with heavy showers
throughout the day, come late afternoon the wind veered NE. Amount of rainfall

It was a wild and cold day on Lough Currane with strong to storm force
SW wind blowing followed by hale storms with thunder and lightening and all
anglers on the north side drew a blank but it was a different kettle of fish on
the south side where Mr. John Bojtor of the UK and fishing out of caught a fine
8 lbs. salmon on the troll going by the Ship with his Gillie Mr. Mike Dwyer.
Weather as already stated except for the amount of rainfall of which was
14.3mm. Air temperature at its lowest was 6.2c/43.16f.

28/3/08 It was a
wild day with a strong to WNW blowing and all fly stations were nigh on
impossible to fish unless you wanted to be a contender for a cardiac arrest and
I can tell you there were a few Gullies in contention fair play to them, but
with all that Lough Currane came up with the goods for Mr. Jean Marie Dabel who
caught a fine 9 lbs on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O'Sullivan and  Weather as I said strong winds and hale
showers throughout the day, amount of rainfall 3.7mm.

27/3/08 fishing
conditions this morning weren't the best with the lake being like a milk pond
but that soon changed around 11 am when the wind went SW then veered SSE and
the fly Stations were in full action mode, but there was only one boat that saw
action that was Mr. Jean Marie Dabel of France and his Gillie Mr. Vincent
O'Sullivan of
who caught two salmon on the fly at the ledge in the Mouth of the Commeragh,
both fish were in the 9 to 10 lbs. class and for the rest of we fly anglers the
least said the soonest mended and the same goes for the anglers that troll.
Wind in the afternoon SSE fresh to strong with light and at times heavy rain,
amount of rainfall 9.2mm.

26/3/08 hale stones
and light to fresh NNW wind and plenty of sun breaking through but with all
that my noble angler couldn't procure the old gentlemen. Air temperature
47f/8.6c. Amount of rainfall 2.5mm.

25/3/08 A nice few
boats out fishing but all drew the jokers card. Wind NW light to fresh and
overcast with the odd shower in the afternoon and came in heavy this evening
but didn't last long. Water temperature in Copal 9.9c/56f air temperature
13.2c/55f. That is all the news from your Gillie and the