Following on from the digital publication of the salmon flies from the 1902 Cork Fly Collection last year, Inland Fisheries Ireland has now partnered with the Cork Public Museum to host an exhibition of some of those flies, making them available to view by the public for the first time in many years.

Blue Touser, tied by Joseph Owen Harold

The flies in the exhibit were all tied for fishing on the rivers and lakes in the Cork district as it was in 1902, which included fisheries such as the River Lee, the River Bandon and the Inchigeelagh Lakes, as well as the rivers around Skibbereen. The flies have spent most of the last 120 years in a storage box, so this represents a rare opportunity for anglers, fly-tying enthusiasts and the general public to admire the quality of the craftsmanship of these exceptional flies. The exhibition also features some historic photos of fishing on the River Lee and some vintage angling equipment and will run for the rest of 2023 and into 2024.

Grey & Lemon, tied by Miss Hackett