Guide Rob Love goes fishing with footballer Aaron Hughes and reports:

Getting away from it all was certainly the reason why angler – Aaron Hughes came out for an evening’s fishing on the Rye Water at Carton House last week.  Extremely modest about his footballing ability (he has over 450 Premier League appearances to his credit – 2nd only to Ryan Giggs) he is even more so about his fly fishing. While some might shy away from technical stretches of water where stealth and a delicate cast are a must Aaron was in his element releasing lots of great fighting, small wild browns which took a shine to a little spinner pattern. Actually Aaron enjoyed it so much that I suspect a deciding factor on which club he plays for next will be if it has a little trout stream running by the training pitches!

Aaron Hughes on the Rye Water at Carton House.
Aaron Hughes on the Rye Water at Carton House.

Continuing on the deciding factor theme Lisa Gytri’s choice of college was based primarily on nearby fly fishing and so she studied in Montana. It really showed as I guided for her in the last few days, a super American angler who also relished the challenges of fishing the Rye Water.

Rob Love

Go fishing…

Love Fishing Ireland have a small team of experienced guides available for tailor made fishing excursions for both wild brown trout and pike. While the standard days guiding on the River Liffey or Rye Water will appeal to many, for the more adventurous they offer guided trips by Canadian canoe along what are considered to be the best fishing beats of the River Liffey.



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