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Junior anglers out fish older participants at Dick Doyle competition in Waterford

September 29th, 2016 | by

The much awaited Dick Doyle Competition at Carrigavantry took place last weekend.  PRO David Tantrum of Waterford City and County Trout Fishing Association gives us all the details:

After the rain and gales of Friday and Saturday we were pleased to see sunshine and moderate winds for the Dick Doyle competition.  Unfortunately the fish did not appreciate the bright sunlight and kept their heads down.

The high-light of the day was Junior angler Jack Rogan’s catch, who put most of us to shame as he found the right technique to catch trout from a fast drifting boat in a strong wind  and crystal clear water.  Willy Hanrahan, our safety officer, caught a superb grown-on rainbow of 59cms.   An enjoyable day even though the catch was disappointing.

Super young angler Jack Rogan

Super young angler Jack Rogan


1st place: Richie Blanche 3 fish
Biggest rainbow: Willie Hanrahan
Biggest brown: Sean Calanan and Michael Corbett both had fish the same size

Winner Richie Blanche

Winner Richie Blanche

Jack Rogan youth angler out fished some of the older anglers and showed that he will be a good angler for the future

Total number of fish caught: 23

Total number of anglers: 12

Biggest rainbow Willie Hanrahan

Biggest rainbow Willie Hanrahan

Joint winners for the biggest brownie - Sean Calanan and Michael Corbett

Joint winners for the biggest brownie – Sean Calanan and Michael Corbett


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

This post is in: Carrigavantry, Co. Waterford, Rainbow trout reports, Trout fishing reports