Photo of the day

Random fishing and fly tying photographs. I will try to post as often as I can.

Finally found some inspiration o tie a few flies this weekend.

My old A.D.A.A membership!

A calm morning on the quay at Westport.

 

a salmon boils close to the boat

evening on the lough

View across Ballinlough near Westport Co.Mayo

Used to see a few Puffins around the coast at this time of year but haven’t seen any this summer

seacat in Stranraer

21 years ago I left Scotland for good on the Seacat from Stranraer. Doesn’t seem that long!

 

low water on the Ridge Pool today. The lady angler landed a grilse within minutes of this snap being taken

Clan Kate


 

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Teal

Teal

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Ben at the helm, Bog Bay, Carrowmore

Ben at the helm, Bog Bay, Carrowmore

old photo of Ben and Mick as we leave the roachpond

old photo of Ben and Mick as we leave the roachpond, Lough Corrib

The car at cross strand

Warning!

Sky over white strand

making up traces for the weekend

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Rigs on winders

new braid on the old Penn reel

new braid on the old Penn reel

Foxford

Foxford

time to get the sea fishing gear looked out

time to get the sea fishing gear looked out

Silver March Brown

Silver March Brown

A heron on the banks of the Castlebar river

A heron on the banks of the Castlebar river

reports suggest lough Mask is fishing well right now

reports suggest lough Mask is fishing well right now

Silver Invicta, size 12

Silver Invicta, size 12

two at once

New reel

Claret Bumble / Clan Chief with a muddler head

Claret Bumble / Clan Chief with a muddler head

Lough Furnace

a nice gold Toby which came in an original box

red muddler raymond

Two anglers drift the shallows on Conn

A pair of mallards sitting on a sunken boat – the Garavogue river, Sligo

light and shade on Beltra

the ford

nearly time to start fishing on this spate river

 

Nelson, our one-eyed cat

Sutherland specials

A treble hook that is for the bin!

At the Burnley vs Leicester game

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dubbing needle

trolling gear for the Cashel

getting ready for some trolling

Toby

An elderly Reflex minnow. These were heavy and useful when you needed to get down near the bottom of deep pools

neck of a pool on the river Robe

the Stenna ferry at Cairnryan

an old photo of a Rudd caught on the fly

Gorse in full bloom at last

 

collection of dry flies

Ben asleep after lunch

Sometimes it all gets too much……….

 

A Green Dabbler, fresh off the vice today!

giving the old girl a clean up

Painting some ruby devons today. Lots more coats required to build up the right depth of colour

Still missing this girl. Photo was taken on our last walk together. seems so unreal that she has gone for good. RIP Nessie

X-rap Rapala

Dabblers on the bench

It’s that time of year again!

 

box of bits

every angler has a wee box of odds and ends like this in their bag

River Griese, County Kildare

River Griese, County Kildare

The river Greese, Co. Kildare

The river Greese, Co. Kildare

The summer sun slowly setting over the county Mayo countryside

The summer sun slowly setting over the county Mayo countryside

Rain heading our way, Lough Conn August 2017

Rain heading our way, Lough Conn August 2017

heading downstream

Heading downstream. Far from all troubles and woes, fishing allows you to ground yourself

Pike on the Rapala

green stimulator

green stimulator

a pair of sea reels

a pair of sea reels

Anyone lost a boot?

Summer is coming…………

 

old footbridge at Hollymount

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Charlie Byrne's book shop

For those of us who are not completely enslaved by the online world, Charlie Byrne’s book shop is a haven in Galway city

Small X-rap jerk bait from Rapala. Good for Perch, trout, small pike and grilse

Frank Dooley landed the first salmon today (opening day) at the Glenisland River mouth. A very fresh 8lb fish

Connemara Black tied on a thumping great size 6 hook

Connemara Black tied on a thumping great size 6 hook

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Capes on the fly tying bench

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Coloured water on the River Robe yesterday

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5th March 2017, The Robe at Hollymount bridge. Too high and coloured to fish today

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Magenta Bumble. one for a bright day on the lough

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Alexandras in my fly box. I’m playing around with some new ideas for variations of this old classic

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midges

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Plover and hare’s lug, a great looking spider pattern

 

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contents of my shore fishing box (looking unusually tidy)

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LE William Butler Yeats off Achill Island today

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hair wing Green Peter

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A Hairy Mary tied on a big double

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The Moy in Ballina on a lovely dry winter’s day

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Clydagh river

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Mayo sky

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Galway

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spools of tippet material

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The Corrib river flowing through Galway city

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Flapper rigs. planning a trip to the Belmullet peninsular in the morning

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Macks

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feathering for mackerel

17th May

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Eany Tailfire, a great fly for a summer spate

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A bedraggled BWO.

3.5.2016

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A broken marker pole on Cullin. Two weeks ago this hazard was covered in water. Take care when fishing and motoring on Irish loughs, there are lots of these damaged poles out there.

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Zebra mussel, millions of them are now colonising the Irish loughs

24.4.2016

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Ashore in Castlehill Bay for a brew yesterday

27.3.2016

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Spoons (none of this lot worked yesterday!)

Water is still high on the Corrib River in Galway

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I have been sadly amiss in not posting photos lately due to work commitments.

 

View across Ballinlough

Looking across Ballinlough, near Westport, Co. Mayo

 

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Pearsill’s tying silk, still the best for making spiders.

25.11.2015

Storm clouds gather over the Cashel River in County Mayo

29.11.2015

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A Connemara Black Dabbler still in the vice.

3.12.2015

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Sculpture beside Lough Owel

7.12.2015

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Helen and Nessie looking out across a sheltered bay on Lough Corrib.

8.12.2015

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Bridge over the Cong River. A popular salmon river, the Cong is also an important spawning stream for Ferox trout.

10.12.2015

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Lough Beltra

16th December 2015

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Me on top of Nephin last year. You can see the Errew shore, Castlehill Bay and Brachwannsha in the distance.

19.12.2015

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Buzzers in the fly box

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Soldier Palmers

30.12.2015

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Goldheads

31.12.2016

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A couple of Clousers

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In my fly box

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My GOB variant

1.1.2016

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In my wetfly box

 

11..1.2016

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Castlebar, my adopted home

 

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