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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-29-2008, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ireland and Scotland in '09

I'm due a sabbatical at work and am thinking of taking it next year. This past Holy Week, i struck up a friendship with the Anglican Bishop of Tuam (Ireland), in County Mayo.

I'm thinking of going over there for 2-3 months next year, and while the majority of time would be taken up with study and work within the church, i'd have to spend as much time as possible fishing for salmon. Not to do so would just be wrong.

My problem is, i know very little about where to start and where to go. The Bishop lives very near the River Moy, i think, but he's not really a fisherman. Where to go in Ireland? In Scotland, i think i have to fish the Spey, and the Ness, and maybe the Tay, but again, where else?

How can i find out about the logistics involved - licenses/fees/ghillies/etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Oh yeah, and when should i go?


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You would be silly not to go, even if you only fish on the Moy. Take some Errif Shrimps in size 16

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HI Bigdaddyk,when you come to Ireland give me a call on 056 7758419 or check out this web site w w w , I have a lot of contacts in Ireland and my home land of Scotland.
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A couple of years ago, while I was there, I picked up a nice book, Rivers of Ireland. A Flyfishers Guide. By Peter O'Reilly. It contains, amoung other things, a nice section on the river Moy.

From what little I have gleaned from the book, fishing in Ireland is a bit more affordable than the hallowed rivers of Scotland. But ya' gotta do it laddy. And while you're at it, don't forget the Dee. And good luck to ya.

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the Blackwater River is surely worth a trip. It is situated in the south-west if Ireland near Cork. There is a nice lodge which is run by a verry nice couple - Ian and Glenda Powell. Their website is Have a look! Its not only the fishing - the landscape is beautiful.
Anyway - have a good time and enjoy this beautiful country.
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County Mayo

When you go to Mayo, you should go to the River Moy!
The most famous pool is the Ridge Pool in Ballina.
I remember being there once with too large flies and while I was enjoying a glass of whisky in the pub, they tied a couple of small black and orange flies for me and they really work!

My best memories are not too old!!

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Thanks for the tips so far. The more i think about this, the more excited i get. Jack, can i ask what an errif shrimp is? Can't find anything on it.

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I have been over to Scotland and Ireland a number of times and have fished the Ridge Pool on the Moy. We had the morning beat and I hooked 22, taking turns with 5 other anglers. Most all of the good water has to be reserved, sometimes a year in advance. Some beats are very expensive and some very reasonable. There is very little public or town water as they call so you will have to do some research and book your fishing asap. If I was going to Scotland I would try to get days on the River Awe, Ireland I would book days on the Shanon, Black Water, Moy and the Galway. Ireland just went to single hook barbless fyi.
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lough fishing

If you're in Mayo, take the short ride over to Lough Corrib and the surrounding loughs and give the boat fishing a shot. Beautiful brownies in there. Dapping danicas. Lough Corrib also feeds the Corrib River which gets salmon. You can fish right in town in Galway City. Galway is A LOT OF FUN!
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If you Google 'Fishscotland' there is an excellant website which will lead to the individual rivers websites, this will enable you to do quite a bit of background research as to when each river has its main run of fish + which beats are best & when together with prices & availablity etc. Also places to stay & other info, but you will also find that the Sottish Tourist board can be very useful here.

have fun looking [& dreaming].

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