THE last time I met Matt Campbell he was sitting across from me at the breakfast table in Cowman’s bed and breakfast in Gortnor Abbey, Crossmolina, Co Mayo. It was June and we were participating in the two-day fly- fishing event on Lough Conn.

“Derek, I’ll give you a call when the sea trout are running on the Castletown and come up for a day. It’s a magical four- week window and the early signs are really encouraging,” he said.

True to his word I got the call last week. “Drop everything, Derek. The sea trout are running the river in numbers on each tide.” Two days later I was revelling in the annual bonanza provided by the north-east coastline…..

Irish Times 28/07/2014 Read the article ‘Looking for sea trout and bass in Greenore estuary on a ripping tide with Mourne mountains in view