Celtic Angling

Celtic Angling

Unpredictability of our Irish weather

Guided Fly-fishingPosted by Paddy Dunworth Mon, June 12, 2017 13:17:59
Welcome to my Blog where I hope to be posting current news, advice, ideas and rants relating to fly-fishing in general and Co.Limerick in particular. We've probably had the driest Spring on record here in Ireland and ironically official summertime of June 1st brought with it very broken and wet weather which is still with us today. The rain is not persistent enough however to result in bankers of floods, the land and the bogs have probably soaked much of it following the long dry spell. The countryside has exploded with growth in the past month. The rains are good news for anyone fishing for salmon or sea-trout, the rise in water levels giving anglers a chance of some sport at last, God knows the Spring salmon has almost disappeared and most salmon anglers now await the Grilse or summer runs. I'm busy guiding and as the summer progresses it get's busier, this is probably because 95% of my clients are visiting American/Canadian, it would be June-Sept when they are about in greater numbers.
Most, however are only casual fishers, many beginners, and therein lies the crux, they are here when the fishing is at it's most difficult, low water, weeded streams, easily spooked wild brown trout...upstream fly-fishing skills practically a must...but most don't possess the experience and skill that this demands. The accompanying photos show contrasting water levels on the river Maigue, within a week of each other.