Paddy Dunworth of Celtic Angling was fishing with Sinnott family from Seattle, USA, at the weekend. The Synotts are on a first-time visit to Ireland and have packed there holiday with activity and adventure. They had already experienced Archery and a Falcon walk before Paddy took them for a few hours fishing on Sunday afternoon. None had ever held a fishing rod before, never mind a fly-rod. Like most rivers the Maigue is very low right now and the day was bright and warm, not ideal for fishing.

Synott family
Conor outfish dad, JB, who despite hooking 4 or 5 trout never landed anything

The stretch below the bridge at Adare however is ideal for introducing folk to flyfishing, fastish runs, open skies and lots of co-operative wee brownies, not to mention the old bridge and castle which make for a nice backdrop. The Sinnotts handled the conditions admirably and were very enthusiastic, there’s lots of fishing back home near Seattle and their primary objective was to see what flyfishing was all about. Mom Laura had a couple of fish, one of 1/2lb, son Connor had two also, whilst dad JB had 4/5 takes which all came off!

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.