What an excellent day Carrigavantry had last Saturday May 18th.  Due to the great efforts of David Tantrum and all the Waterford City & County Trout Anglers Association everyone who attended had a day to remember.  David reports:

Saturday May 18th 2013 at Carrigavantry Reservoir turned out to be a beautiful day for Generation Angling hosted by Waterford City and County Trout anglers Association and Fisheries Ireland, represented by Myles Kelly.

Fly fishing instruction was organised by Der Casey, children’s officer for the Angling Council of Ireland, helped by Bob Seward and Brian Mulhally, all qualified GAII instructors.

Jason Riordan. FFF Casting Instructor, gave beginners’ lessons and helped others sort out their casting problems.


Two people were noted with bottoms up on the lake shore and it turned out to be Willie O’Brien and Martin Ryan, dredging up the lake’s flora and fauna. They then gave a lecture on the lake’s inhabitants; one particularly large and vicious dragonfly larvae held the childrens’ attention.

John Mealy of Noreside Flies was kept busy tying. He could not understand how his flies kept disappearing.
He was consoled by the fact that they were so good they had flown away!

Hardy/Greys Tackle sponsored the prizes and all the children received a prize and a certificate of attendance.
The heaviest rainbow was caught by Craig Brophy at 4 lb 2 oz. To prove this was not a fluke he caught another one of 3 lb 12 oz. Luke Riordan got the heaviest brown at 3 lb 13 oz, and his sister got one nearly as big as herself. Grandad held on to her and saw that she netted it.

Ladies prizes went to Frances Wall, with a 3 lb 12 oz rainbow and Hannah Mansfield got one at 2.5 lbs.

Well done Ben Smith, who released a 39cm brown trout. Lots of others caught fish, but the “one that got away” story of the day goes to wheelyboat angler, Shannon Doherty, who lost three fish at the net. We blamed the wheelyboat ghillies, Paul Mitchell and Tommy McParland.

Thanks again Maurice and team for a very enjoyable day.

Ben Smity receives his junior award for second best brown (38cm) at Carrigavantry Open Day on May 18th
Ben Smity receives his junior award for second best brown (38cm) at Carrigavantry Open Day on May 18th
Very pleased winner at Carrigavantry
Very pleased winner at Carrigavantry

WINNERS OF GENERATION FLY FISHING COMPETITION AT CARRIGAVANTRY OPEN DAY SAT.MAY 18TH

1.Heaviest Rainbow……Craig Brophy (4 lbs wt.)
2.Biggest Brown trout…..Luke O Riordan (46 cm)
3.Next biggest Brown…..Ben Smith (38 cm)
4.Best Lady ..Rainbow….Francis Wall (53cm,3.9 lbs)

One of the many junior prize winners on May 18th at Carrigavantry
One of the many junior prize winners on May 18th at Carrigavantry

David Tantrum,

Waterford City and County Trout Angling Association

Email: [email protected]

Web: http://waterfordflyfishing.com/index.html

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