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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-06-2012, 04:39 PM Thread Starter
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Belfast a month away

I am going to Belfast for my cousins wedding. Hoping to piss off for a couple days and hunt some salmon. probably will end up fishing the Mourne at Sion Mills. Any suggestions or tips?
please don't tell me not to pee into the wind
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Keep it small

Hi Gordie, after an Irish wedding pissing into the wind may not be such a bad idea! It will be at least 60% proof, so it could be a case of getting your own back !!
On a more relevant note make sure you get a rod licence from a Post office and keep your flies small. A size 8 is regarded as large.
Size 10& 12 are a good starting size, plenty of water at the moment, when low 14 & 16 for low water. Flies with plenty of orange and gold, yellow and orange,
red and black or black and silver.
Patterns like, Bann Specials, Flame Throwers,bloody Butcher and stoats & Silver Stoats tails, Cascades and Alleys shrimps.
They should do, there will be some LOCAL patterns.
If you tye your own, send off for some local versions of patterns.
I have found that in Ireland may have the same name as a classic, but the finished fly is NOTHING like the original.( 40 years of fishing in Ireland )I live in England !
Hope this helps
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Good advice from Brian.

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I can't wait to get some irish salmon flies straight from the motherland. Those small flies have a lot of personality. I think steelhead like them too.
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My advice for fishing Sion Mill:

Lock your car and leave nothing of any value visible within.

Edit: Also, Jacqueline at NM Tackle in Sion Mills is a class act running a nice little shop.
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My advice for fishing Sion Mill:

Lock your car and leave nothing of any value visible within.

Edit: Also, Jacqueline at NM Tackle in Sion Mills is a class act running a nice little shop.
I think thats good advice for most spots in Northern Ireland
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If there's water I wouldn't look past the Finn, only another half an hour further of sion.... An hour south there's plenty Of seatrout fishing around the town of Dundalk, a close second to salmon fishing...
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My advice for fishing Sion Mill:

Lock your car and leave nothing of any value visible within.

Edit: Also, Jacqueline at NM Tackle in Sion Mills is a class act running a nice little shop.
Would you consider it wise to do anything different anywhere else ?

Agreed about NM tackle though
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Certainly! However, that was pretty sketchy around there, even more so in the Strabane water.
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If there's water I wouldn't look past the Finn, only another half an hour further of sion.... An hour south there's plenty Of seatrout fishing around the town of Dundalk, a close second to salmon fishing...
Hey thanks pete85, I'll have to check out the Finn. Looking at the map it appears its only another 2 hour from Dudalk and I'm in Ballina. Worth the trip to the Moy? What do I do?
I probably will only get in a couple days to fish.
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too much water !!

Hi Gordie, at the moment reports on Fishpal STATE that there is too much water on the Bann and with rain all across the North OF Ireland many of the rivers may be the same. Iwould be looking at some of the loughs which have Sea Trout & Salmon running them. Fish a team of 3 flies with a silver bodied DADDY LONG LEGS on the point.
Still time for the rain to stop and rivers fall !!!Resulting in PERFECT CONDITIONS!!

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Hi Gordie, at the moment reports on Fishpal STATE that there is too much water on the Bann and with rain all across the North OF Ireland many of the rivers may be the same. Iwould be looking at some of the loughs which have Sea Trout & Salmon running them. Fish a team of 3 flies with a silver bodied DADDY LONG LEGS on the point.
Still time for the rain to stop and rivers fall !!!Resulting in PERFECT CONDITIONS!!

Good Luck

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Beat me to it Brian. Post on a few UK based fishing boards and water wise it appears to be 'feast or famon 'over there.'

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You mentioned the Moy Gord, well water levels are starting to drop and its beginning to clear. When exactly are you heading this way?

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Hey thanks pete85, I'll have to check out the Finn. Looking at the map it appears its only another 2 hour from Dudalk and I'm in Ballina. Worth the trip to the Moy? What do I do?
I probably will only get in a couple days to fish.
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Yea the moy could be worth a trip alright, you can find yourself a bit spoilt for choice here, your best bet would be to see what conditions are like when you arrive... The Finn fished well yesterday with the 3 rods on the beat landing 20 fish by 5pm, I'm sure they landed a few more after that as well.. If you want the fishery managers number send me a pm and I'll give you it...
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You mentioned the Moy Gord, well water levels are starting to drop and its beginning to clear. When exactly are you heading this way?
I land eleven o'clock at night in dublin on the 6th of July. We are then driving to Belfast (probably the next morning). The only days I might get out are the 8th to 11th.
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