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Bugs and bites and plenty of fish and fun at Waterfords FAW day

May 28th, 2015 | by

David Tantrum PRO of Waterford City and County Trout Angling Association reports on their Fisheries Awareness Week Event where a great day was had by last weekend and all the preparations paid off.  Well done to Waterford Fly Fishing:

Maurice Cahill from McKenzie Fishing Rods demonstrates

Maurice Cahill from McKenzie Fishing Rods demonstrates

Maurice Cahill from McKenzie Fishing Rods was the casting instructor at WCACTAA Open Day, and all his pupils went on to catch fish.  Captain Willy O’Hanrahan return to the harbour after a successful trip with the Wheely Boat.  John O’Dwyer and Paul Cunningham in the wheel chairs both caught fish, and are going to return to catch all the ones that got away.

 John Mealy from Kilkenny

John Mealy from Kilkenny

John Mealy from Kilkenny demonstrates for Maurice O’Conner how to tie “detached body” mayflies.   The little girl was more interested in her goodies!

Michael Sheehan, event organizer, and John Flynn from Inland Fisheries Ireland

Michael Sheehan, event organizer, and John Flynn from Inland Fisheries Ireland

Michael Sheehan, event organizer, and John Flynn from Inland Fisheries Ireland, who kindly sponsored the buffet food.

The fish didn’t go hungry either with a great selection of insects about on the day.

David Tantrum - Insects on May 23rd

David Tantrum - Insects on May 23rd 2David Tantrum - Insects on May 23rd 3

Wily Brian and Martin Ryan  who obtained samples of the lakes food supple that would be available  to feed trout. Most impressive were the large dragon fly larvae and the different sizes of damsel nymphs. The size of the blood sucking leaches would not encourage skinny dipping!!

Found in the stomach of a5lbs trout A blood curdling mouthful  - leech

Found in the stomach of a5lbs trout A blood curdling mouthful –

FLY FISHING ON KNOCKADERRY CARRIGAVANTRY BALLYSCANLON

Carrigavantry – This 30 acre reservoir is hidden in the hills behind Tramore. The lake can be fished from the dam and road and the rest of the lake shore needs waders. The deepest part is the island at 10 feet.Prolific hatches of lake olives and damsels occur. Stocking is with both browns and rainbows. You could loose your catch here to a 20lb Pike!

Knockaderry – The deepest part of the lake is 24 feet at the dam tower, the average depth is 6ft and this results in good weed growth. Trout fatten fast in this fertile water on caddis, snails and stickle backs, while lake olives,buzzers sedges and damsels bring on prolific rises. This 80 acre reservoir is a traditional top of the water drift fishery.

New members are welcome and an active programme of fly tuition is pursued to encourage beginners and get our youth out into the countryside.

For Information about Wheelie Boat, day permits and membership ‘Click here for information’Here For Information

To place a booking…

David Tantrum,

Waterford City and County Trout Angling Association

Email: tantrumd@gmail.com

Web: www.waterfordflyfishing.ie

Phone: 051-384428 – Pat Smith (Treasurer) + Wheelie Boat Bookings

Mackenzie Pro Maurice Cahill helping out today at the youth day at Carrigavantry.

Mackenzie Pro Maurice Cahill helping out today at the youth day at Carrigavantry.


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