David Tantrum reports on the Carrigavantry Cup fished on Sunday…

There were reports of some superb early season fishing on both lakes ahead of the Carrigavantry Cup. The hard fighting rainbows were providing excellent sport and lures and wet flies had been working well on intermediate lines.

A bitter east wind greeted twenty four anglers who took part in the Carrigavantry Cup. The fish did not seem to mind as one hundred and sixty four were “measured in”. The average length of the fish was 48 cms and the longest was a 55cms rainbow caught by Barry Healy. But this was surpassed by an exceptional Brown trout of 64 cms caught by Brian Brennan. Pat Smith, President of the Irish Disabled Fly Fishing Association, presented the generous prizes to the winners and thanked the sponsors and Michael Sheehan, competition organizer, and other club members, who helped to make the day so successful . It will be the end of the month before all the sponsorship cars are returned and we know how much money this charitable competition has raised for another worthy cause, but in the meantime a good day’s fishing was had by all.

Winner Robert Crichton
Winner Robert Crichton


  • Mike Drinan Soldarino Tackle,
  • Seamus Butler and Sons Fishing Tackle Thurles Co.Tipperary,
  • Ned Maher Adaire Springs Fishing Lake, Mooncoin,
  • Waterford City and County Trout Anglers.
Runner up Brian Brennan
Runner up Brian Brennan
 No 3    Keith Moore
No 3 Keith Moore
Largest rainbow 54cms   Barry Healy
Largest rainbow 54cms Barry Healy
Michael Drinan 4th
Michael Drinan 4th

Jason O’Riordan reports on recent fishing at Knockaderry…

On St Patrick’s Day there was a savage rise of trout to small midge on Knockaderry. For the anglers there was incredible fishing on buzzers and emergers with plenty fish rising in the calms.

Rainbow trout from Knockaderry
Rainbow trout from Knockaderry


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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