Tonk Fischer and son-in-law Bryan Kazmar along with other family members are staying at the picturesque Gate Lodge thatched cottage in Adare village. Being so close to the river they decided a day on the water was called for…

Tonk is an avid flyman back home in Oregon, USA, and Bryan is a keen rookie. I had flagged the poor prospects with Tonk, especially the low water, but he was having none of it, wanting to do the full day anyhow. Our day began at Ballyallinan Tonk had never fished anywhere like it. The river Deel here challenges the best, wild riverbanks, weeded river and easily-spooked wild browns, many find it difficult enough just getting into the water. I left Tonk to fend for himself fishing under a field of 80 or so heifers… and an understanably protective bull who would later introduce himself in person! Tonk had some rises to his dry BWO but alas did not connect.

River Deel
fishing between the sun scorched banks of a much diminished Deel
River Maigue
Tonk fishing in front of the the ruined Desmond Castle

We adjourned for a packed lunch and headed back to Adare for the final hour of the ebbing tide, here I continued to help Bryan with his casting whilst Tonk went wandering again. Both had many small fish including Bream on the fly, delightful company both,

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.