A group of fly-fishing enthusiasts from Toulouse recently returned to their spiritual fly-fishing home in the Boyne Valley. The return comes after two and a half years of Covid disruption. The “young guns” ranging in age from mid-fifties to mid-eighties were led as always by Claude Bordes. Claude has been travelling to the Boyne Valley since 2011.

Regular visitor

Each year Claude gets a group together so that he can indulge his passion for fly-fishing in a place that he really loves. In fact, he is coming so long that that he has practically become part of the Lydon family. Claude and his fly-fishing friends stay each year with Mary Lydon and her family at their cottages in Kiltale, near Trim in Co Meath.

Joining Claude this year were members of the Collectif Mouche 31 from Toulouse. This group organises and runs the fly-fishing show “Le Salon Mouche Occitanie” in Muret every two years. This show was attended by Inland Fisheries Ireland as the county of honour in 2018 and IFI participated again in 2020.

Fly-fishers from Toulouse with Mary Lydon of MeathSelfCatering
Centre: Claude Bordes & Mary Lydon, Meath Self Catering, Kiltale House & Cottages, Gerard Laik, Gerard Frendo, Yves Raynaud, Henri Lacoste & Cedric Chelil.

This year the group fished angling association waters on the  River Boyne and the Kells Blackwater in Co Meath and the River Fane in Co Louth and Monaghan. As usual, the group had some nice catches of wild brown trout. All of the trout were released back to the rivers where they were caught.

We are waiting on a report from the group on their fishing experiences during May of 2022. And we will of course share this with you when we receive the report from the lads.

Go Fishing

For more information on trout fishing with the angling associations and fisheries in the Boyne Valley please see the following link https://fishinginireland.info/trout/east/meath/

For more information on accommodation options available at Kiltale please visit the following link https://www.meathselfcatering.com/