Celtic Angling’s Paddy Dunworth reports on some recent trout fishing trips on the River Maigue…

Atlanta based Juliana Lynch surprised boyfriend Allen Pierce with a day’s fishing on the Maigue on July 22, a belated birthday present. Juliana had never fished, Allen had some flyfishing mileage on the clock and the continuing drought didn’t offer much promise. As is my wont with beginners we started below the bridge at Adare where both Allen and Juliana had fish.

Juliana with one of her trout from the Maigue
Juliana with one of her trout from the Maigue

Pacey water is very scarce right now and so fishing stands were limited. We adjourned to Castleroberts for lunch followed by a session above the bridge, nothing stirring, but Juliana continued to flourish with her casting, as natural a flyfisher as I ever met.

Allen Carey fishing at a very picturesque River Maigue at Adare
Allen Carey fishing at a very picturesque River Maigue at Adare

Rick Carey from the USA turned 70 this year,to celebrate he and his wife Ellen and extended family are on vacation in Ireland, staying at Springfield Castle. Rick was joined by his sons Allen and Ben, plus his brother Jeff for a day’s intro to flyfishing with me on July 18 at Adare. A shrunken Maigue and blazing sunshine meant catching fish would be difficult, but the guys were great company and an incoming tide hunted us off the river about 1pm. We got some nice pics in what is a very scenic location.

Paddy Dunworth
Celtic Angling

Go fishing…

Paddy Dunworth, a fishing guide based near Adare has been flyfishing for 40 years and guiding for 15. He has an intimate knowledge of the Fisheries and Antiquities of this beautiful region. An all-round angler and flytier, Paddy specialises in Trout, Sea-trout, Salmon and Sea-Bass, offers Fly-casting tuition for beginners and improvers, and also caters for Autumn /Winter Pike fishing and Salt-water fly fishing.
Web: www.celticangling.com

Juliana proved to be a natural fly caster
Juliana proved to be a natural fly caster