To begin on a good note is always a great place to start. Knockaderry fishery in Waterford has secured co-funding for its new harbour from the Waterford Leader Programme. David Tantrum tells us they hope to have it finished in March 2013. It’s sister fishery in Carrigavantry is going very well using lures and trout are rising to small black midges.
The Leinster Stillwater Bank Fly Fishing Championship took place on Lough Aishling in Edenderry for the fourth year. Twenty three anglers participated in the event, to make the six person Leinster team to compete in the Banks Inter-Pro in early 2013. Rookie banks angler Peter Driver won the competition.

Emy & District Anglers held an ‘Introductory talk to the art of Fly Fishing’ over the weekend and are please to say that it went very well. Chris McCully also gives us advice on effective flies for Sea Trout fishing. His articulate article details the advantages and disadvantages of Dry Daddies, small doubles, Watson’s Fancy and Silver blue teals with some sound advice given. When fishing Chris prefers to skim the Daddy along the surface, delicately and subtlety, coaxing rather than scaring the fish.

On a cold frosty November morning David Murphy and his fishing companion Robbie headed off pike fishing. David says “It was a ripper of a day, the rods were flying off the stands, we must of had about 8-9 runs. The two pike were caught on the floats using dace and roach. The ledgered baits produced a number of runs of which there were two screamers. On one the line shot off the spool nearly causing a birds nest, this happened twice. You couldn’t leave the rods as about every 15 mins or so there was a fish on. The pike Robbie caught actually broke the top treble hook and we lost three pike by the bank, it was a cracker of a day”. The type of day all angler’s dream of!

Out and about too were Stephen Gibbons and Martin Byrne. They took to a very high Shannon. At first all was quiet but then a heavy downpour seemed to shake things up, resulting in a fine 20lb 8oz pike for Stephen. Melview Lodge also reported some good pike fishing for French visitors Bour Hervé and Étienne Denoyer with fish well up in the doubles.
Traveling along a very fast currant on a flooded River Inny Mark Ryan, nephew Robbie Conneely and Michael Flanagan miss a lot of good fishy water, nevertheless, they boated 7 pike up on 6lbs weight, but missed a lot more. Not one to miss is our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner, seven year old Calum Ennis. Proud Grandad Paddy tells us that young Calum had just got a new rod and reel for his birthday and was eager to try it out. Off they headed to a lake outside Monaghan town, where our little expert angler landed a whopping pike weighing 21lbs on a legered smelt deadbait. Well done Calum !

Seven year old Calum Ennis wins Catch of the Week with a great pike of 21 lb.

It dropped to minus 2 degrees in Kerry the night before the re-scheduled Bolger Fabrication sponsored competition. Fenit Pier wasn’t a place for the faint hearted. In the North Easterly wind a clear pattern emerged and a small group broke away from the main pack. Aidan O’Sullivan,Vincent Tierney, Pa Egan, Chris O’Sullivan, Colm McDaid, Allen Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan had the measure of the Pier with all catching steadily which created a tense finish as darkness fell. As the evening wore on the small fish came on the feed with a lot of small Pouting showed up. The Junior category was won by Allen Griffin jnr.

Termonfeckin and Clogherhead in County Louth was the venue for David Harrison and Kieran Carthy. Both enjoyed some nice fishing with good catches of flounder, good sized codling, dabs and whiting. Also in the mix was a surprise scorpion fish. Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling reports that the lads were fishing two hook flapper rigs with size 2/0 hooks and baits included black lug, razor and mackerel strips.
Damien Willis from Lough Fishing Buddies tries a new method of fishing – Fly fishing from a float tube. A truly am innovative and very affordable way for an angler to fly fish smaller bodies of water. They are ultra portable and make an excellent boat of choice for the budgeting angler. Once your float tube is pumped up and ready to go, throw on your waders, boots and boot fins and you’re ready to tube. Always wear a life jacket and know your limits throwing caution to the wind and weather conditions. Danny Levy provided some fine photos for us – fishing of the future perhaps?

So wrap up well and enjoy the winter sunshine. Remember safe fishing is good fishing.

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Nancy Hearne

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