As part of Fisheries Awareness Week 2013, Drogheda and District Anglers, sponsored and supported by local businesses, stakeholders and Inland Fisheries Ireland are delighted to announce that they will be running a free ‘Ladies Fly Casting Day’ in support of Action Breast Cancer on Thursday 16th May 2013 at Kilineer Reservoir, Kilineer, Drogheda, Co. Louth. This super day is totally free and has been organized to provide ladies in the Drogheda and surrounding areas, who want to take up fly-fishing as a hobby, with the opportunity to learn more about the sport of angling. Ladies taking part will learn about the theory and practice of fly fishing from top angling expert Glenda Powell, APGAI Ireland assisted by members of the Drogheda and District Anglers coaching team.

The event taking place on Thursday 16th May 2013 is an informal and fun day out which will run from 10.30am until 4.30pm. Registration will take place at Kilineer Reservoir between 10.00am and 10.30am and all fishing gear will be provided to those who do not have any. However, everyone taking part on the day will be asked to bring wellies, a coat, sun glasses and a hat. And don’t forget your sun block, just in case!

There is a relaxed informal schedule planned for the day and following an introduction from angling expert Glenda Powell, the ladies will be given details on the theory and mechanics of fly-casting. This will be followed by a practice session during which Glenda and other coaching assistants will help students to get casting. There will then be a short break for lunch which will be provided at the Fishery and then it’s off to catch some beautiful rainbow trout and put all of the learning into practice.

This is a fantastic day out and not one to miss. So, if you ever fancied giving angling a go don’t be afraid, now is your opportunity. Absolutely, no experience is necessary and the event is suitable for beginners and improver’s.

If you would like to take part in this “FREE” event ‘Ladies Fly Casting Day’, please contact 087 9918608 or [email protected]. A number of places are still available so it is important to enrol as soon as possible to reserve your place. We look forward to hearing from you. After the event, there will be an opportunity for you to make a donation in support of Action Breast Cancer. Further details and information on this and other Fisheries Awareness Week events are available at the Fisheries Awareness Week website at

Always Fun and Informal the Ladies Fly Casting Day with Glenda Powell
Top Lady Instructor Glenda Powell in Action

Glenda first entered the tuition field in her teens at various still-water trout fisheries in Northern Ireland. In 1993, at the age of 18 she moved to Scotland for three years, where she qualified with SANA (Scottish Anglers National Ass.) as both Salmon & Trout instructor and fished in the Scottish Ladies International Fly-fishing Team.

Since 1997, she has been based at the Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery in Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford where she instructs and guides on the Blackwater Lodge Fishery.

In 2004, she became (& indeed still is) the only female to attain the APGAI-Ireland-IRL Salmon qualification – equivalent to AAPGAI in the UK. In November 2006, she added the APGAI-IRL Trout qualification shortly after becoming the Emerald World Masters Ladies Salmon Distance Casting Champion in September, 2006. She regularly demonstrates at angling fairs throughout Ireland, and will be one of the star demonstrators at the Tweed Angling Fair to be held at Kelso, Scotland on May 5 & 6, 2007.

Glenda has achieved an enviable reputation both for her tuition capabilities and casting skills. Her knowledge of the physics & mechanics of fly-casting embraces all of the latest technology, tackle & equipment. She is always on the lookout for new developments which will enable newcomers and more experienced fisherpersons (!) alike to both improve their skills and gain more enjoyment from their sport. She talks with ease & vast knowledge about the latest spey lines, rod development and casting techniques. She can teach all levels from complete beginner to the highest levels of advanced spey-casting including Snake roll, Snap T & C, Skagit with all other forms (roll, single & double spey) using either single- or double-handed rods.

She has a very gentle manner with her tuition, and has an uncanny ability to judge the needs of clients and tailor her approach to their lessons to ensure that they feel at ease and gain the maximum benefit. Clients are given clear & concise explanations of the way their rod & line works so that they better understand what they are trying to achieve with their casting and why.

Such is her manner that many a fishing widow has been encouraged to take up the sport under her expert guidance.

Whilst she is based at Blackwater Lodge, she is also available for demonstrations and tuition at other venues in the Blackwater Valley. Trout fishing courses at Ballyhass Lakes at Mallow are regularly held and she is in demand for demonstrations at Fortwilliam Estate Fishery close to Lismore & Ballyhooly Castle Fishery. Careysville Fishery is situated only 6 miles from Blackwater Lodge, so she is available for demonstrations or tuition in situ.