Fishing in Ireland

Beltra boat launch

It is that time of year again and the call went out for all hands to help to launch the boats on Lough Beltra. The Glenisland Co-op now have 10 boats , so it takes a bit of effort to get them all in the water ahead of the opening day on 20th March.

The boats are stored over the close season either inside the fine boathouse or overturned near the harbour. The job today was to flip over the upturned boats and drag them into the water where they could be rowed around to the harbour and moored. Those which were indoors had to be similarly man-handled. Today was a lovely warm and sunny day and we had a great turn out of club members so the job was completed in record time. Here are a few photos from this evening:

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One slight complication was the removal of a dead tree which had been washed into the harbour during a spate last winter. It had to be removed so a rope was attached and a boat used to tow the tree out to a place where a 4×4 could drag it clear.

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Fishing in Ireland, fly tying

fr. Ronan

Despite the ecclesiastical name I don’t know of any particular connections with the church for this fly. It is a dabbler style pattern for use when fishing for sea trout and salmon but I can see no reason why it would not work for brownies too, especially around the time of the mayfly hatch.

Fr. Ronan

It is an easy fly to tie with the body in two parts, yellow seals fur at the front and red seals fur at the rear. A silver rib and a GP crest for a tail with a bronze mallard cloak and some JC cheeks complete the fly.

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I like to think that the combination of yellow and red hackles is the key to this patterns success, but until we find a method of communication with the fish I will never really know. I tie this one up in sizes 8 down to 12 but you could rattle some up on bigger or smaller hooks if you so desire.

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Keep the Jungle Cock cheeks small, if they are too big I think they detract from the yellow/red trigger.

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