Random fishing and fly tying photographs. I will try to post as often as I can.
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
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
Ben at the helm, Bog Bay, Carrowmore
old photo of Ben and Mick as we leave the roachpond, Lough Corrib
Rigs on winders
new braid on the old Penn reel
time to get the sea fishing gear looked out
Silver March Brown
A heron on the banks of the Castlebar river
reports suggest lough Mask is fishing well right now
Silver Invicta, size 12
two at once
Claret Bumble / Clan Chief with a muddler head
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
nearly time to start fishing on this spate river
Nelson, our one-eyed cat
A treble hook that is for the bin!
At the Burnley vs Leicester game
getting ready for some trolling
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
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
Dabblers on the bench
It’s that time of year again!
every angler has a wee box of odds and ends like this in their bag
River Griese, County Kildare
The river Greese, Co. Kildare
The summer sun slowly setting over the county Mayo countryside
Rain heading our way, Lough Conn August 2017
Heading downstream. Far from all troubles and woes, fishing allows you to ground yourself
a pair of sea reels
Anyone lost a boot?
Summer is coming…………
old footbridge at Hollymount
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
Capes on the fly tying bench
Coloured water on the River Robe yesterday
5th March 2017, The Robe at Hollymount bridge. Too high and coloured to fish today
Magenta Bumble. one for a bright day on the lough
Alexandras in my fly box. I’m playing around with some new ideas for variations of this old classic
Plover and hare’s lug, a great looking spider pattern
contents of my shore fishing box (looking unusually tidy)
LE William Butler Yeats off Achill Island today
hair wing Green Peter
A Hairy Mary tied on a big double
The Moy in Ballina on a lovely dry winter’s day
spools of tippet material
The Corrib river flowing through Galway city
Flapper rigs. planning a trip to the Belmullet peninsular in the morning
feathering for mackerel
Eany Tailfire, a great fly for a summer spate
A bedraggled BWO.
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.
Zebra mussel, millions of them are now colonising the Irish loughs
Ashore in Castlehill Bay for a brew yesterday
Spoons (none of this lot worked yesterday!)
Water is still high on the Corrib River in Galway
I have been sadly amiss in not posting photos lately due to work commitments.
Looking across Ballinlough, near Westport, Co. Mayo
Pearsill’s tying silk, still the best for making spiders.
Storm clouds gather over the Cashel River in County Mayo
A Connemara Black Dabbler still in the vice.
Sculpture beside Lough Owel
Helen and Nessie looking out across a sheltered bay on Lough Corrib.
Bridge over the Cong River. A popular salmon river, the Cong is also an important spawning stream for Ferox trout.
16th December 2015
Me on top of Nephin last year. You can see the Errew shore, Castlehill Bay and Brachwannsha in the distance.
Buzzers in the fly box
A couple of Clousers
In my fly box
My GOB variant
In my wetfly box
Castlebar, my adopted home