David Tantrum PRO of Waterford City and County Trout Angling Association tells us of the great works carried out at Knockaderry and the joys and disappointments of seasoned anglers over the weekend:

On Sunday I went to look at the safety improvements that had been made to the harbour at Knockaderry.  This had involved extending  the docking bays by one pontoon section.  This allows us to moor twelve boats permanently and up to 20 boats if necessary for a competition or a corporate day.  This was made possible by the “Co-operative Grant Fund” from Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The photo is of Greg Coughlan and Tilly docking in the modified harbour
Greg Coughlan and Tilly docking in the modified harbour

John Bible, who was fishing, came over and asked had we recently stocked because on Saturday he had caught 11 fish.  We told him that the last stocking was at the end of April, and he could put it down to his skill!  “It has deserted me today”  he said, “because with the same tactics and flies I have caught nothing so far”.   Jack O’Mahony said it looked like being one of those “You should have been here yesterday” days  By fishing in the weeds with damsels we caught and released 8 trout for three hours fishing.  By 2 pm it went dead and we called it a day.  That’s fishing!


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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Web: www.waterfordflyfishing.ie

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