Random fishing and fly tying photographs. I will try to post as often as I can.
My old ‘Perfect’ fly reel, wonder if I will get a chance to use it this season?
How many reels do I need! This is just a few of my collection, mainly trout fly reels. There are salmon fly reels, sea reels, spinning reels, baitcasters and multipliers on top of this lot
Found this brand new Rapala Husky Jerk still in its box. It was in amongst my sea fishing gear for some strange reason. 12cm size, good for springers
6000C loaded with braid and ready for action after the lockdown
box of mini tubes
Moore Hall, Lough Carra
Last year I bought myself a 3 string cigarbox guitar and amp. I practice every day now and thoroughly enjoy playing old blues tunes.
an unusually painted old Kynoch
Brown’s bay on Lough Conn earlier today. Water level is still very high but dropping back now.
Large (size 4) Green peter tied for salmon on Lough Beltra
Looking North to Nephin from Croaghmoyle. Helen taking a photo
Wee blue devil
fly or spinner?
A sign the new season is here, the tide table for Westport
13cm. I think the 11cm is a better size for salmon but these work too
old fly reel
filling up nicely
Some Tomix plugs
Just some of my old ABU rods (yep, there are more kicking around!)
Spool on the old 444A filled with new six pound line. Ready for some feeder fishing!
Not perfect but a good enough whipping of a replacement ring on an old feeder rod.
Fixing up an old ABU quiverlite rod
replacing the tip ring
too much varnish!
A brilliant rod for bait fishing.
The new season is just around the corner. Spent some time running new lines on to my reels. The old Cardinal got a good clean and lubrication while I was at it.
The Cong river with the hatchery on the left of the photo
Small Rapalas, hoping these will work for Perch
Nice chrome Rapala magnum
Beachcasting multipliers for cleaning
My box of items for fixing up baits. Hooks, swivels split rings etc all in one place
The first fish I ever caught was on a blue and silver Vibro. It was a one pound Saithe from Cove harbour and I was 10 years old. Still got a soft spot for these old lures!
Swedish Toby’s in their original boxes.
A box of spinners for the Moy. Devons, Flying ‘C’ and some leads.
one for the Pike
Clew Bay from the Reek
Achill, looking to the south
Blue and silver, good in bright weather
Ambassadeur 6000C, beautiful reel to fish with.
the dock, Beltra
These boxes of fur are very handy
Stacked in the corner, awaiting the new season.
It gets messy when I am tying a lot of different patterns!
selection of 18 gram Toby Smash spoons
Various Goat’s Toes
Wee doubles, I used these a lot back in Scotland but very rarely here in Ireland
Silver Invictas, one of my favourite wet flies
wee devils in the fly box
My old fly tying scissors are not a sharp as they once were!
The Grand canal in the centre of Dublin
couple of toby spoons
The river at Cong, running high after all the recent rain
the Conn from Pontoon bridge
wets in the box
Savage Gear Real Eel
I’ve started to learn how to play this now as well!
ABU Egon pirks
old ABU Perka lures
back of the boxes, Ballina
My line winder, a useful little tool
Found this in some papers the other day. I remember fishing this beat twice, caught 4 finnock the first time and a fine 3lb sea trout on the second occasion.
The Clydagh river after some rain
some river floats
Hairy Mary tied on a big double
Goats Toe, size 6
A pair of old Rapala Slivers
A couple of size 12 Connemara Black, fresh off the vice
Lough Conn shoreline, the trees provide cover for flies and other insects
usual mess in the back of the car!
fly lines hanging up
always send back your annual catch return
an old Daiwa fixed spool reel
The boathouse has been given a tidy up
the boathouse with a nice new coat of paint
a box full of plugs
tail of the pool. The Don in Aberdeenshire
Some items for the day. Coffee, keys for the boat locks, some swivels (in the old cigar box) and a few baits
Roonagh with a misty Clare Island in the distance
The harbour at Old Head
Body of a seal washed up on the strand at Carrowmore. Probably shot.
blue and silver devon
Boats in the yard
Jan 1st 2019 – I will try hard to post more often!!!
A rather tired looking old Toby, one that might benefit from a lick of paint.
a salmon boils close to the boat
Summer is coming…………
Frank Dooley landed the first salmon today (opening day) at the Glenisland River mouth. A very fresh 8lb fish
Capes on the fly tying bench
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.
Ashore in Castlehill Bay for a brew 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