It’s been a very quiet week with anglers confined to 5km from home during this lockdown.

We don’t have much in the way of angling reports but we do have some interesting content to share.

Cathal Hughes tells all about setting up for inniscarra

First from the world of coarse angling we have Cathal Hughes giving a run down on the gear and set ups he likes to use when fishing Inniscarra. He has two really informative Youtube videos which are essential viewing for anyone thinking about fishing this iconic venue.

Live fly tying with Peter Driver

Next we have news of Peter Driver’s live stream fly tying demos. Tonight at 8.30 trough his Piscari-Fly Facebook page he will be showing how to tie the zonker type flies, including your Minkies, Snakes and similar lures.

Edward Fitzgibbon
Edward Fitzgibbon – A legacy greater than Izaak Walton

After that we go back in time with Daire Whelan in his Ireland on the Fly podcast where we explore the life and times of Limerick man Edward Fitzgibbon. Writing as Ephemera, Edward is credited as being the first angling journalist.

Catching fish with Inland Fisheries Irelands go Fishing programme

And finally we bring to you news of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s online Go Fishing programme. Our Education and Outreach team were keen not to lose ground in their work to get more people fishing, so they have moved what they could of the programme online in preparation for  time on the water. The course now consists of  one online session every week for four weeks and a local fishing trip for the fifth session to complete the programme. Since July the team have piloted the programme with a number of Foróige groups nationwide.

Before I finish I’d  like to once more remind all salmon and sea trout anglers of the importance of returning their 2020 angling logbook and unused gill tags on time. Logbook returns must be made by 19th October annually even if there is no catch recorded.

Level 5 and angling

Everyone is aware that the lockdown is in place and what it means. But here is a reminder of the measures in place for angling:

  • Guides and ghillies are not on the list of essential services
  • Charter boats are not on the list of essential services
  • Anglers must stay within 5km of their home
  • No angling events permitted
  • For more see: IFI Guidance to Anglers – Level 5 restrictions

And now the weather…

Wet and very windy on Saturday morning with spells of rain due to Storm Aiden. Severe and potentially damaging gusts for a time with weather warnings in operation. It will continue windy during the afternoon with a mix of dry periods and squally showers. Sunday will see the rain clearing in the morning but more heavy showers later in the afternoon. Next week will start cool and windy with showers and even hail and thunder in places, but by midweek a high pressure system should bring drier and brighter weather.

Safe fishing to all this weekend and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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