Storm Ciara. What did we ever do to you… You bundled yourself in the door, raised hell, stuck around for far too long, and when you were leaving you left the back door open for Dennis to charge through. So not much chance to fish then with pretty constant high winds and floods through just about every catchment in the country. Knock Airport saw 100.6mm of rain in the last week. This is almost 4 times the normal amount for the time of year. The driest area was Dublin Airport – and it still came in at 3 times its norm. And on top of that it’s been a colder than normal too. Thanks Ciara!

With all that weather going on there is very little fishing to report.

But all is not lost. This weekend sees Ireland Angling take place at the National Show Centre in Swords. Doors open 10am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday and there is a host of things for the family to enjoy.

IFI’s Women Try Fishing Initiative 2020 will be launched at the show in the theatre at 2pm each day.

This programme is open to all women who are beginners and who would like to give fishing a go and will be a mixture of spinning and fly fishing.

Please come along to the Launch each day in the Theatre at 2pm where Imelda Scallan from IFI will give the presentation and Glenda Powell will be on hand to answer questions and to give further information.

During 2019 IFI partnered up with some old and new groups to run various events under the umbrella of “Go Fishing”. These were all different and all tailored to the participants, usually 4 sessions where participants become more confident in fishing and want to improve or take it up as a pastime. Sarah Healy of IFI will be giving further information about the initiative during the show.

In addition Diarmuid Ryan will be on hand to talk about the new Irish Marine Recreational Survey.

And that’s to say nothing of all the other activities, angling celebrities – home grown and from overseas, shops, deals and gear on show over the two days. Much better to head into the show than mope about the house giving out about the weather…

And now the weather

Storm Dennis will bring very wet conditions over the weekend, so rainfall amounts are forecast to be above average for all areas for the coming week, with over twice the average amount expected in some areas. There are in fact national Yellow warnings for rain and wind across the country. And more warnings are expected to issue over the weekend as the weather may worsen. Dennis is expected to upset weather into next week, so make the most of Valentine’s Day…

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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