David Tantrum from Waterford City & County Trout Anglers Association reports from Carrigavantry /Knockaderry lakes:

We have temporally closed Knockaderry due to a fish kill during the very hot weather. Things have now stabilised and we will have both lakes stocked in September for winter fishing.

Great little anglers, Abbie and Gavin Mitchelle at Carrigavantry
Great little anglers, Abbie and Gavin Mitchelle at Carrigavantry

Carrigavantry is fishing very well and fish can now be found feeding  from early morning to dark. Terrestrials are  getting blown on to the lake Daddies and hoppers are the way to go. Watch out for a fall of ants they will become very choosey and just pick off the queens which are larger and orange coloured . With no rise stick to Diawl Bachs and crunchers, buzzers are always on the menu. Tuesday night was the first time for a month I had fished Carrigavantry . Paul Mitchelle and his children were my boat partners.  We got five fish all over two pounds, the best was 4 lbs. 10 ounces not bad on a dead flat calm.  Cant tell you the fly that did the damage , one of Pauls secret weapons . I was going to copy it but wrapped it around the propeller in the dark!

With a smile like that Gavin, how could the fish resist !!
With a smile like that Gavin, how could the fish resist !!
Gavin Mitchelle with his super catch
Gavin Mitchelle with his super catch

The next three months are the best fishing of the year – come and enjoy it and get a rest from salmon fever.  See you at the Galway fair and check out our special offers!


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.

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David Tantrum,

Waterford City and County Trout Angling Association

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