It was a much wetter week than we’ve had recently, but it’s very cold again after a couple of milder days. At times it was fairly miserable, with cold winds, frost, rain, sleet and snow in many places. Grand for getting the feet up in front of the fire to read old fishing books, or to be tucked in behind the vice tying a few flies, or even hooked up to t’interweb to watch someone livestreaming some fishing stuff…

For the fly tiers we have a couple of links this week. For the trout anglers Peter Driver is back. We have the YouTube video of last week’s live stream and news of what he will be up to on Saturday night – river dry flies and some Killarney specials. It’s a bit mysterious…

We also have some top drawer pike fly tying from Norbert Renaud. Well worth a watch. Like Peter, Norbert posts videos on Youtube but you can also watch live and get involved with the discussion on Thursday nights.

We have a couple of real world angling reports too. In the midlands, anglers who live close to some decent pike water have been enjoying what’s on offer while staying inside their 5km limits. Up in Donegal some of the Killybegs anglers have been out locally where a good mix of species are biting off the beaches, flounder, turbot and even mackerel!

Finally for coarse anglers we have a great video from Anglers World Holidays which features the famous Francis McGoldrick, his steaks are legendary, and his waggler fishing is no less impressive.

And now the weather…

Saturday, will be another cold day with frost lingering for much of the morning. Dry over most of the country with good spells of winter sunshine but scattered showers of hail, sleet and snow will continue in the northwest. Cold for the remainder of the weekend and to start next week. Sleet and snow on Saturday night will clear eastwards, with a mix of showers and clear spells following for Sunday and Monday. Turning unsettled but milder for the rest of next week.

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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