We’ve all seen the pictures of far flung fly fishing destinations with anglers holding huge fish and a guide beside them looking just as happy to have seen such a monster fish landed, and you’ve probably thought, now that’s a job I wouldn’t mind doing.

Working, living and fishing in some of the most incredible fly fishing destinations in the world, how could you not love it?

But what’s it really like?  Beyond the Instagram pictures of giant fish and smiling guests, it’s also a nomadic life cut off from society for most of the year and certainly not a life for everyone.

Matthew Solon is a Clare man who has followed this path guiding on the Ponoi, in Patagonia, the Seychelles and Iceland and he joins Daire and Tom on this week’s Ireland on the Fly with some tall tales and insights into the guiding life.

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