It’s been another very quiet week with anglers still confined to 5km from home. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with Level 5 restrictions expected to be lifted next week and anglers hopefully getting a chance to get out and about a bit more…

In the absence of any angling reports we continue to feature some interesting content we found online. So come and join us checking out some more “Look & Learn” stuff…

We start off with the latest episode of Ireland on the Fly which was recorded as a video webinar in conjunction with the 2020 Virtual Irish Fly Fair.  Daire Whelan was joined by renowned fisheries scientist, Ken Whelan and well known guide and instructor Jason O’Riordan, as they discussed ‘What Lies Beneath – the lough trout’s underwater larder and how to imitate it’.

Ireland ont he Fly podcast
The lough trout’s larder and how to imitate it

Next we have another look at George McGrath’s excellent Youtube channel Gundog and Fly where he has a fascinating chat with Sean Maher one of of Ireland’s top fly anglers.

Peter Driver of Piscari Fly continues his series of live fly tying demos at his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Piscarifly/ tomorrow night@ 8.30pm. So don’t forget to tune into November Nymphing part 3!

Nymphing November part 3
Nymphing November part 3

For sea anglers, check out the videos of Chris O’Sullivan. The Inshore Angler is back with top tips and handy hints. This time with a couple of very clearly presented videos on how to target bass in the surf and bait up with maddies.

Sea angels will also be interested in one of the latest videos of the Irish Angling Adventures crew. James Raymond is fishing for smooth hound from a rock mark, and the video is full of information and helpful tips.

Angler holding a smooth hound fish
smooth hound from a rock mark

And finally we bring to you news of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s new funding round. Community Groups and Angling Clubs are invited to apply for over €1 million in Fisheries Funding. Since 2016, a value in excess of €4 million has been awarded by Inland Fisheries Ireland to over 200 projects across the country. Inland Fisheries Ireland will be opening a new funding round which is available to eligible community groups and angling clubs throughout the Republic of Ireland. The grant funding will be available to sustainable fisheries conservation and development projects with over €1 million announced today. For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Funding Call, an information booklet is available for download, please visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/funding.

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…

Tomorrow, Saturday, will be mostly cloudy and dry in many areas, but with scattered outbreaks of rain and drizzle. Highest temperatures of 7 to 11 degrees in light to moderate easterly breezes. Sunday will see some isolated showers, but overall it will be a dry day with cloudy conditions prevailing. The beginning of the week will be mainly dry with some brighter intervals and temperatures of 9 or 10 degrees. However, the outlook is for much colder conditions towards the end of next week.

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

Markus Müller


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