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: Fishing Ireland? A must see post...

12-14-2000, 05:34 AM
Hi Juro and everyone else,
Have been out of touch for a while, this is the reason..

The Central Fisheries Board would like toannounce the launch of its new web site.

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There is plenty of info on the conservation work it carries out and some details on habitat restoration works in the Research section.

And of course loads of info on the angling...

You are invited to browse this site at your leisure. We hope you enjoy what you see and we look forward to providing you with additional and exciting features in the site in the New Year.


Myles Kelly

12-14-2000, 05:59 AM
Myles! Great to hear from you again. The site is beautiful... I especially enjoyed seeing the Speyrodder swinging a salmon fly on the cover of the game angling guide. I have friends who have visited Ireland and tell of the angling opportunities on the emerald isle with great enthusiasm. Another friend Philip Blair is preparing an article about fishing the ancient lochs of Ireland, the geological history and it's impact on the indigenous trout populations. In fact, our own Terry Weir will be visiting Ireland. It might be cause for another famous flyfishing FORUM meeting across borders - because there are no borders in flyfishing!

Fascinating new site - I will be linking to the site as I develop the international forum pages over the next few weeks. Thank you for bringing this resource to our attention.

So Myles is the fishing regionalized so that most of the gamefishing is in the northern region? Is there a west/east trend for angling there? How are salmon stocks faring lately?

12-14-2000, 06:21 AM

much of the best salmon fishing is in the NorthWest, no doubt about that, but the whole West coast is alive with fish. The sea trout which suffered terribly during the 80s and 90s (salmon sea cages... ) are begining to recover.

The Western Loughs fished very well this year, most trout were over 2lbs and boats were recording record catches. Lough Corrib did best.

That is the merest of reports, there were bluefins caught off Donegal to 530lbs and blue sharks caught on the fly. Theres a lot to do here if you have the time, money not so important, nearly all the fishing is free or very cheap.

Anyone coming to Ireland should make sure to get in touch and I can put them in touch with the guys on the river banks and send out loads of brochures (selling nothing just telling of Irish fishing).

And if I am availible, I would love to meet anyone coming through either over a flybox or a pint... that's a promise


12-14-2000, 08:39 AM
Thanks for the info, we'll be talkin for sure. I'm coming to the Ol' Sod next fall and we'll connect. I'm bringing my guitar, mandolin, and 6 wt. Hope to be based in the Galway area. See ya.


12-14-2000, 08:49 AM
This internet is a beautiful thing.

I wish I were going too, the emerald in the emerald isle has been related to Seattle - the emerald city many times. Also being in Boston now, the Irish connections are strong, to say the least!

Thank you Mylo, you are a credit to our community.

12-15-2000, 04:14 AM
Thanks Mylo, thats good stuff. Some day when the kids get older your country is up at the top of the list. For now photos and your website will keep the dream alive.

Tod D
12-18-2000, 07:41 PM
As one who lived in Ireland from '96-'98 and had a chance to fish the Galway fishery, the Moy and Lough Corrib among others, I'd add my .02 that you'd be hard pressed to find better fishing for the money than the west of Ireland. Absolutely spectacular scenery, beautiful water and plenty of salmo's - salar & trutta. With the USD$/IR exchange rates where they're at (thanks Euro!), I'd almost consider a spring/summer trip. Springers start running in just a few weeks!!!

Terry - to help plan your trip, I'd recommend searching out a couple of books by Peter O'Reilly (a noted Irish fisherman and writer. He's featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Saltwater Fly Fishing). The titles are along the lines of "Trout & Salmon Fishing in Ireland" and "Flies of Ireland". I think Abenaki Publishers carry them here in the US. I've got copies somewhere, but since we moved everything's out of sorts. I suspect that there may be a new edition(s) out, but even the old would be invaluable as it he discusses all the major regions/fisheries, provides contact information, and other essentials (e.g. flies, weather).

12-27-2000, 02:42 PM
Well guys, it turns out I'm meistering another Clave. IT's a family CLave to Ireland. I got 3 maybe as many as 5 siblings and their spouses joining us, among other tag alongs. I was elected to this post due to the fact that I've been there a huge 1 time. So it's not a fishing trip but I plan to escape on a side trip with the wife and spend an evening or 2 at a decent fishing cottage and maybe line up a guide. I will contact Mylo off-line but I don't want to be too much of a bother. I'm going in late September or early October, the tail end of the season.

For now I'm mainly wondering 2 things:

1. If I pack say a travel rod and see a beautiful stream flowing past an ancient ruin (as I've seen before over there) can I fish it for a couple hours? OR are all the streams tightly controlled as in New Brunswick, Canada.? This would greatly augment my trip to be able to whip out the rod as opportunities appear.

2. Fishing Laws? Are they uniform across the Republic? Or vary from water to water-county to county? I had little success finding info on Irish Fishing Regs. on the Web.


01-05-2001, 04:48 AM

as regards the basic legislation this is uniform across the country, but there are some local bye-laws such for instance fly only for sea trout on some rivers, or a later opening of the season.

As regards stopping to fish a nice looking water the best advice is to travel with a copy of Peter o'Reilly's Rivers of Ireland (and a copy of Loughs of Ireland too) and a good map. These books list just about every body of water with a fish worth catching. And they give all the important information such as local bye laws, opening times, cost(if any), who owns it(club or association etc), who to approach for permission and their contact details.

I use both books as a bibles for getting around waters, they even suggest best times of year and patterns to try.

So sum up, if fishing for sea trout or salmon you need a license, if for brown trout you don't. Most rivers are controlled in some way by a club so check if you need to ask permission to fish, most lakes on the otherhand are free and full of superb wild fish.

There is a new tagging system for salmon and sea trout over 40cm, but I think in most waters release of sea trout is still promoted.

If you would like more detailed details get in touch either here or directly,


01-16-2001, 06:21 AM
For those of you who have not been able to sleep, wondering where in the world they would find a resource to tell them Ireland's angling regulations...


the following page allows peaceful and prolonged sleep (no reflection on the content I'm sure...)

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