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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-15-2016, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Hello,

I have the oppurtunity to travel to Ireland from April 23 to May 3 2016. Of which a couple of days I have available to fish. Of course my first choice would be to fish for Atlantic's. But I am also very open to trout as well. I will be mostly in the central area. Dublin to Galway and as far north as Sligo. Is this timing a possibility for an Atlantic Salmon? Where might one start on trying to book a beat and ghillie? Any information or suggestions would be greatly appreaciated.

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Dave I'll PM you a link to a UK based board; these guys are cool with Ami's. :>) Quite a few of them actually post here on a regular basis.

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Dave, don't book anything until you arrive - rivers might be blown out, or not.

The Blackwater or Suir are probably your best bet in that range - try Ballyduff Bridge or Glenda Powell for the Blackwater, and Andrew Ryan at Clonanav for the Suir.

definiately take a trout rod with you too - there are too many small streams and ponds to count to fish if the major rivers are blown.

best of luck.

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Drowes in Sligo will have fish if there is water. First fresh salmon of the year in Ireland is usually caught in January on the Drowes.

Some of the Galway rivers may or may not have a few springers about. Can check with Delphi lodge if youve $$$$ and dont mind spending it. Also consider trying for the Erriff (again, if there is water) -- tickets thru Aasleagh.

Its a bit early for a lot of the west coast rivers, but still worth a shot if the water is good (meaning there has been a recent raise, a spate -- if the water has been low for a week or more on account of no rain its slim pickings).

Also, if your interested in lough fishing you can hire a boat (and boatman if you dont know your way around). The early fish on the west coast run straight up into the loughs in a few systems and you can get them there pulling teams of wets traditional style thru the waves. Lough Beltra and Lough Carrowmore would probably have fish about that time of year.
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I can fully recommend PaddyMcDonnell

he covers the west of Ireland, north of Gallway

he worked really hard to get me fishing during a week of heavy rain- he had plenty of contacts to allow flexibility

"The true purpose of a fly rod is to prevent its bearer from being arrested for vagrancy, for the delight of trout fishing is not the full creel but things seen and people met. A roughly dressed man idling with a rod in his hand is an angler; without it he is a vagabond." Sparse Grey Hackle

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Whenn you go to Sligo, I would suggest go to Ballina where the River Moy comes in. I fished there years ago but remember it was not easy to get a license for the Ridge Pool in town. Another pool is near Foxford and you can fish salmon at Lough Conn, but you need a boat and ghilly there.
The salmon I remember were all 6-8 lbs size.
When you are in the Ridge Pool you can have some flies tied in the pub there while enjoying some Irish Whisky!

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Bram - he should be okay for half day license on the Ridge Pool for that time of year I think.

its not the prettiest stretch as its right in the middle of the Town, but the fish stack up there and are very active, if fish are there you will see them.

I've never fished there, but have seen the many videos and TV Shows.
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I'm only familiar with the NW as that's where my better half is from. I can second Paddy McDonnell. Not just a excellent guide but also a very good casting instructor.

You'll have a very good chance at getting a Ridge or Cathedral Beat permit if you're from North America as they place you high on the priority list. The Ballina Association wants to encourage non-traditional foreigners to fish the Moy (vs. the typical nearby Europeans). As mentioned it's 'urban' fishing...granted the urban setting of Ballina is nothing like anything in North America.

Most of the major rivers in the NW have websites by the private fishery owners or tackle shops where you can get daily updates. The Moy also has a blogger who usually fishes every day and talks about conditions and his daily adventures.

If you happen upon a spate (rain) opportunities would open up to fish the smaller rain-dependent rivers. This is where someone like Paddy McDonnell could take you to the most appropriate beat.

Another recommend ghillie is Robert Gillespie. He's "minitube" on the salmon forum across the pond.

Have fun. You should be there today on St.Patrick's Day!!!!

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When I was there I shared my half day license for the Ridge Pool with a friend.
Our bag limit was 6 salmon I believe, so we started to loose a few otherwise we had to leave already after 3 hours!
And remember, lots of Irish blokes are called Paddy!
They even have a whisky called Paddy!!

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Hello,

Thank you all very much for all of the info. It sounds great. I will follow up on a few of these leads thanks again very much.

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Only seen this post, at the minute a few rivers are picking up some salmon, the moy in Mayo is starting to pick up a few fish, the slaney which is an hour south of Dublin in Wexford, hasn't fished great but fish are being caught... The boyne which is half an hour north of Dublin should be producing a few fish as well... The mourne is getting a few fish aswell, the river finn in Donegal fished well on the last spate but hasn't had water in a couple of weeks, if it rains while your here (which it probably will?) I would look into fishing it... You also have the drowes, there getting fish at the minute but it's not a river I like fishing...
If you want any more info let me know....
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the slaney offered this guy up a couple of weeks back
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