Mackenzie Pro Guide Jason O’Riordan was delighted with the turnout for his last match the hatch course and is pleased to inform us of a salmon fishing course he will be running on the Muster Blackwater.  Jason reports:
Yesterday I traveled up to Cavan with Ken Whelan to deliver our trout match the hatch course on the River Annalee.  On arrival we were met by a very enthusiastic bunch of participants, mostly members from the Bunnoe and Cavan Angling Clubs.
Jason O'Riordan - Match the hatch - April 2015In the morning classroom session Ken gave a presentation on the insects likely to be encountered in the river and how to identify them.
I delivered the next session which was choosing suitable imitations and also tackle set up for fishing them.
Jason O'Riordan - Match the hatch - April 2015 classAfter a bite to eat we went to the river and the course participants kick-sampled the river. A fantastic selection of trout food was discovered including cased caddis, caseless caddis, stone clingers, mayfly nymphs, water worms and more! I then demonstrated various fishing techniques and caught a few nice wild trout on nymphs.
Jason O'Riordan - Match the hatch - April 2015 baitThe participants fished the river for a while and put what they learned into practice, catching some nice fish in the process.  It was a superb day on a cracking river spent with some great people.  We will be organising another match the hatch river course for a few weeks time.  In the meantime I have a salmon fishing course organised for the Munster Blackwater on May 17th.  There are still three spaces left on that one.
Jason O'Riordan - Munster Blackwater
Jason O'Riordan - Salmon Fishing Course Flyer

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Jason O’Riordan
Mackenzie Pro Guide  and an IFFF Qualified Fly Casting Instructor
Notes: Jason has a lifetime of experience in fishing and guiding on the rivers, lakes and coastline in the area. Jason has given talks on fishing techniques at the leading angling shows in Ireland. Game Fishing Ireland offers guided packages for salmon, river trout, lake trout and saltwater game species. Fishing packages can vary in price depending on the target species and time of year. A typical package can include permits, travel, guiding, and packed lunch. Tackle hire is also available.
Address: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Telephone: +353 (0) 87 296 5712
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Ken Whelan
Ken Whelan with 22lbEmail: [email protected]
Phone: +353 (0)86 7835900
Ken runs his own fisheries consultancy. He has been a keen angler since a very young age and has written extensively on angling topics. He has fished in many remote locations throughout the world and he is a qualified angling instructor (AAPGAI and STANIC) and angling guide. Ken has also produced, scripted and presented many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling. He is a regular radio contributor to Mooney Goes Wild on RTE. Lucky to have weaved his hobby into his job, he is never quite sure whether he is working or enjoying himself!