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Irish Spring Angling Fair 2023


Don’t miss what will undoubtedly become Ireland’s greatest angling event.

After the success of the first Irish Spring Angling Fair in 2022 Ned Maher of Ardaire Springs Angling Centre, Mooncoin  County Kilkenny has just announced that he will once again host the IRISH SPRING ANGLING FAIR.

Taking place on the May Bank Holiday Weekend, the Fair will open to angling enthusiasts on Saturday 29th April and Sunday the 30th of April 2023 over the bank holiday weekend.

It is without doubt a must attend event, throughout the 2 days a host of world renowned celebrity names such as Scott Mackenzie, Glenda Powell, Peter Driver, Henry Gilbey Jim Clohessy Craig Barr, Steffan Jones, Jason 0 Riordan, Maurice Cahill, Stuart Wylie, Ronan Murray, Cormac Walsh and more   will provide talks on angling related topics and give free demonstrations to attendees

Fly tiers row proved a big hit last year  with  salmon ,trout saltwater and pike flies being tied by  some of the best in the business ,

Game, sea and pike angling will be the hot topics throughout the weekend and the event guarantees to offer something for everyone.

Ardaire Spring Angling Centre covers over 4 acres of lakes, stocked with rainbow and brown trout ranging from 2lb to 20lb.

The venue provides a unique opportunity for both world renowned celebrity anglers to showcase their skills and indeed leading tackle manufactures to demonstrate and promote their fishing tackle and boats on the lakes.

With ample room for exhibitors it offers a fantastic opportunity to add to your tackle collection and indeed find out the latest tips and techniques. There will be stands  from all types of angling  including tackle suppliers and promotional stands  from fisheries and even some international companies promoting angling holidays  ,

Not forgetting the younger generation we will have an abundance of activities for kids to include fly casting, lessons and much more. Onsite catering will also be available throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss out on an amazing weekend, meet with celebrity anglers and fellow angler enthusiasts, join us and support the fair at Ardaire Spring Angling Centre and see it develop in to the greatest Irish Fair of future years.


Drowes gets its first salmon, safely released

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A quick photo and then the first Drowes salmon of 2023 was safely released

It was a case of third time lucky for the first salmon landed on the Drowes this year. Only the third salmon reported so far this season, the first two fish) caught on the blackwater and Lough Currane) were knocked on the head. Drowes Fishery manager, Shane Gallagher has the story his rivers first fish of 2023…

Ronnie Mc Morris prepares to release the first salmon from the Drowes this year

First Drowes fish of the year was landed just after midday from Briney’s Pool upstream of Lennox’s Bridge. Ronnie Mc Morris, originally from Fermanagh, now living in Drumuckrim, Ballyshannon, caught the fish in his third cast. The salmon was fresh in and sea liced. Estimated at 10lbs, it took an Ally’s Shrimp variant and was released to continue its onward journey.

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The fly…

Ronnie received the Drowes Perpetual Cup for the first salmon from the Drowes of the 2023 season and also the Thomas Gallagher Conservation Cup for the first caught and released salmon of the season.

Ronnie with the Drowes Perpetual Cup and the Thomas Gallagher Conservation Cup

It is believed to me the first caught and released salmon in Ireland if the 2023 season. [Ed. – Certainly the first one reported to Inland Fisheries Ireland this year!]

Go fishing…

River Drowes

The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The river is some 5 miles in length, with over 70 named pools, flowing from Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay and entering the sea at Tullaghan, just outside Bundoran. The Drowes has a wide variety of water suitable for all fishing methods, including several miles of good fly water and deeper slower moving pools suitable for spinning and bait fishing.

For information and bookings on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055 (8am to 12 noon).
Mob: +353 (0) 87 8050806



Shore-caught Haddock for Aaron in Donegal

Not often seen by shore anglers - haddock!
Not often seen by shore anglers - haddock!

Killybegs Mariners report…

Catch of the week this week goes to Aaron Vambeck with a shore caught haddock from the pier which also goes down as a new club record shore haddock (the only shore caught haddock). A fantastic catch well done! Aaron also had thornback rays, dogs, dabs, scorpions etc. on a great evening out.

Please fish in a sustainable manner




Inland Fisheries Ireland to recruit 36 new Seasonal Fisheries Officers

L-R Jose Perez, Maureen Byrne, Andrew Crosbie, Christine Meehan

Protection and Development posts opening up in Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Leitrim, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Waterford and Wexford

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, development and promotion of freshwater fish, habitats and sea angling, is launching its recruitment drive today to hire 36 Seasonal Fisheries Officers.

Subject to funding, the six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering 15 counties with recruitment getting underway immediately.

Seasonal Fisheries Officers will join teams over the summer months to help protect, conserve and develop fisheries resources working in and around Ireland’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.

The agency plans to launch a second recruitment drive in the coming weeks for Seasonal Research Assistants.

Christine Meehan Fisheries Officer

The Seasonal Recruitment campaign will open for applications tomorrow Saturday 4th February 2023.

Those interested in applying for a six-month Seasonal Fisheries Officer role can apply on-line at www.fisheriesireland.ie/careers, before the deadline of Tuesday, 21st of February 2023.

Fisheries Officer on patrol

Location of posts (Subject to budget availability)

Cavan (River Basin Districts: North-Western)

Clare (River Basin District: Shannon)

Cork (River Basin District: South-Western)

Donegal (River Basin District: North-Western)

Dublin (River Basin District: Eastern)

Galway (River Basin District: Western – Galway)

Kerry (River Basin Districts: South-Western)

Leitrim (River Basin District: Shannon)

Limerick (River Basin District: Shannon)

Louth (River Basin District: Eastern)

Mayo (River Basin Districts: Western – Ballina)

Roscommon (River Basin District: Eastern)

Sligo (River Basin District: Western – Ballina)

Waterford (River Basin District: South-Eastern and South-Western)

Wexford (River Basin District: South-Eastern)

Guided Predator Angling successful on Lough Erne

On the Erne System, Guided Predator Angling have been busy again.  Check out Simon’s short report below…
No bites to near lunch time today had me starting to sweat!
A few changes of location thankfully picked up a few fish, including one with a real nasty wound but at least it looked healed and the fish was still feeding!
Few fish each for the lads and and enjoyable day all round, even if the wind was a nightmare!
Please fish in a sustainable manner

Go Fishing

Location: Enniskillen, NI
Phone: +44 7756 222271

Chat, beers and flies this Friday night with L’ile Verte Livestream

This Friday, at 7pm (8pm French time!), you can join Norbert Renaud of L’ile Verte Pike Fishing Lodge for his Friday night livestream where chat, beers and flies are the focus of the evening.

For the uninitiated, Norbert is a French fishing guide who specialises in catching hard fighting Irish pike in his home waters around Killeshandra in Cavan.

Norbert has some great videos up on his YouTube channel, including gear reviews, fly tying and putting his money where his mouth is by catching some great Irish pike on the fly from his drift boat or float tube.

Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

C/M Lakelands Muckno Feeder League – Round 4

This report from the C/M Lakelands Feeder Club:

Round 4 of C/M Lakelands Muckno Feeder League was fished on Sunday last and twenty four anglers tackled up in what turned out to be a very competitive match.

In the end, Alan Larkin dominated the top of Black Island to win the match with 4.420kg. There was a close battle with Joe Nolan and Robertas on Yellow Island, with Joe just about winning the section to put him 2nd overall.

The ever consistent Steve Whyte won the bottom end of Black Island.


  • 1st Alan Larkin 4.420kg
  • 2nd Joe Nolan 3.540kg
  • 3rd Robertas Zilaitis 3.510kg
  • 4th Darren Fairhurst 3.400kg.


  • Steve Whyte
  • Artur Dudek
  • Niall McKitterrick

Round 5 next Sunday 5th of February.

Please fish in a sustainable manner

Lure Fishing Podcast – The Henry Gilbey Interview

Cormac Walsh from BassfishingIreland recently started the Lure Fishing Podcast, and we featured his first episode with xx from Evobass Lures, an Irish luire manufacturing company. His latest episode is a real treat for bass anglers, as he is joined by Henry Gilbey. Henry is known far and wide in the sea angling world, having been a fishing photographer for many years, and starred in his own TV fishing series in the past. In recent years, he has been totally focussed on lure fishing for bass, and has a huge following online.

Henry Gilbey

Cormac and Henry enjoy a wide-ranging conversation, covering bass fishing from Ireland south to Portugal, lures and rods, his guiding work in Kerry and much much more. For a fascinating listen, listen or download on Spotify here.


Ireland on the fly: The best lake for spring salmon on the fly in Europe?

The popular podcast turns its focus on Lough Carrowmore, probably the best best lake for spring salmon on the fly in Europe

Although the salmon season has only just got under way, some of you may be looking to make plans for your spring fishing and one fishery that has always caught the eye is Carrowmore Lake in the far corner of Mayo on the Erris peninsula.

Renowned as a spring salmon lough it usually features with some of the earliest salmon caught in Ireland each year but as you’ll find out, Carrowmore is an awful lot more as well.

And so for this fishery focus episode Daire and Tom speak to Brian Hope, a member of the local Bangor Erris Angling Club to get the finer points on making the most out of your fishing on the lough.

Rate, review and follow the show to keep up to date with all the latest Ireland on the Fly episodes on Apple Podcasts or Spotify at: https://pod.fo/e/16219f

Ireland on the Salmon

Currane off the mark, springer caught


Vincent Appleby reports from Lough Currane where the first salmon of the season has finally been caught…

25/1/2023 Straight to the quote of the day from Currane angler Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] and I quote, 3 boats out and no screaming reel, well I think that sums up today’s manipulations. Wind WNW and veered N and come evening veered again into NE light to fresh.

26/1/2023 Just 3 boats out and all was quiet on the SW front, be it fish or wind and talking of wind it was coming from the NNE light and overcast all day and cold.

27/1/23 Just 3 boats out and all was quiet on the SW front, be it fish or wind and talking of wind it was coming from the NNE light and overcast all day and cold. 27/1/2023 The three wise Currane boats were again all quiet on this calm and cold day. Wind NE light and variable.

28/1/2023 Just three boats out again today and still waiting for the first elusive Wild Atlantic Salmon. Wind first thing this morning was SSE and veered SW and veered again around 3pm into the NW light, strongest wind speed was 13 km/h. Followed by good cloud cover.

29/1/2023 The Only Currane angler that was out this day was Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville boats and at [email protected]  and sadly his reels were all quiet. Wind light to fresh WNW and overcast.

30/1/2022 Just three boats out this day, Local Currane angler Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville Boats and at [email protected]  reported that there were a few kelts caught on the troll. Wind WNW and veered SW light to fresh average speed 17 Km/h

31/1/2023 Local angler Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville boats and at [email protected] reported that he was the only boat out this day and precured a couple of Kelts. Wind NW fresh and overcast.

1/2/2023 Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] reports that he was the only boat manipulating his lures and caught one Kelt for his efforts. Wind WNW veered W average wind speed was 30 Km/h and overcast.

2/2/2023 Mr. Eric Jouen of Waterville Boats and at [email protected] makes all the headlines! Currane’s first spring salmon of the season reported, caught on the troll by the Eric.

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Eric Jouen with Currane’s first salmon of 2023

Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0) 87 207 4882
E-mail:[email protected]
Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com


A new online survey has been developed by IFI for the Currane catchment to gather anglers’ knowledge – the survey method called FLEKSI was developed by IFI to help give an insight into the status of the fishery. Currane Anglers are needed for Citizen Science survey to examine fish stocks

Go fishing…

Find out more about Lough Currane…

The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are regarded by many as the foremost Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery in the country. The lake system is well developed with access to boats and guides being readily available to the tourist angler. The Sea-Trout caught here are renowned for their size and quantity. For more details see:

Waterville lakes and river system

Guides and boat hire

Cloghvoola Fishing Lodge

Address Cloghvoola Waterville Kerry Ireland Website: cloghvoola.com

Currans Mace Waterville

Address Waterville Kerry V23 CR40 Ireland Website: fishinggear.ie

Fishing with Dom

Address Spunkane Waterville Kerry Ireland Website: https://fishingwithdom.com/

Fly Fishing on Lough Currane

Address Termons Waterville Kerry Ireland Website: flyfishingatloughcurrane.com

Lakelands Farm

Address Lake Road Waterville Kerry Ireland Website: lakelandshouse.com

Neil O’Shea

Address Caherbarna Waterville Kerry Ireland Website: oshealoughcurrane.com

Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing

Address Eureka Lodge Caherdaniel West Waterville Kerry V23 XD63 Ireland Website: salmonandseatrout.com

Waterville Boats

Address Spunkane Waterville Kerry Ireland