Lough Muckno 2013 Festivals Ireland

October 22nd, 2013

We work successfully with the IADA who organise expertly run competitions on fabulous Lough Muckno. This 1000 acre natural, scenic lake is full of coarse fish. Match and pleasure weights are high, this is fishing at its best with great access, parking close to your pegs.

2013 events included:

Easter April 19th to 21st and April 22nd to 25th.

July 14th to 18th.

Pairs Event September 15th to 19th.

Muckno Festival September 28th to October 3rd.

Fly fishing New Zealand

March 29th, 2013

NEW ZEALAND TACKLE TIPS. By John Horsey.

Rivers

Rods…9’ #5 dry fly only. 9’6” – 10’ # 6/7 for nymphs and streamers – Recommended Greys Streamflex or Hardy Zenith

Reel..Good solid reel with reliable disc drag – Recommended Hardy Ultralite CLS 5000

Line .. WF5F, WF6F and WF7F

Leader..Strong Fluorocarbon – 6lbs min and 8lbs preferable Recommended Rio Fluoroflex or Hardy Mach.  Avoid the so-called finer brands which are expensive, but have poor knot strength and are less abrasion resistant.

Type of base flies..dry/ wets.  Take a range of UK dry flies and also some large Stimulators to act as indicator flies.  Nymphs such as Gold head Hares Ears, Pheasant Tails and Stripped Quill Nymphs all work well in sizes 12 and bigger.  Ensure all flies are dressed on strong hooks, so cheap imports are definitely OUT!  Rod and Reel NZ have a fantastic array of flies at reasonable prices.

Tips/ techniques..… The NZ trout are BIG and many of the rivers are also BIG.  So strength of leader and hooks is vital as you will simply lose that fish of a lifetime.  Take good chest waders and ensure you do not take felt soled wading boots as these are not allowed in NZ.  Studded rubber soled boots are the only way. All nets, waders, flies, rods, reels and other used tackle will be inspected at Customs, so ensure they are all clean and dry.  If in doubt, take new or buy in NZ. .  Take a wading staff and plenty of high factor sunscreen – P20 is superb.

Lakes.

Rods…10’ # 6/7/8.  Same as back home in the UK.  Recommended Hardy Zenith

Reel..Good solid reel with reliable disc drag – Recommended Hardy Ultralite CLS 5000

Line .. WF6/7/8F and a range of sinking lines.  I would take a minimum of Intermediate, DI3, DI5 and DI7.  Midge Tip also a good idea.

Leader..Strong Fluorocarbon – 8lbs min and 10lbs preferable. Recommended Rio Fluoroflex or Hardy Mach.  Avoid the so-called finer brands which are expensive, but have poor knot strength and are less abrasion resistant.

Type of base flies..dry/ wets.  Take a range of UK dry flies and also some large Stimulators to act as indicator flies.  Lots of Wooly Buggars in all their colours, but especially Black, Black and Green and Humungous.  Take UK Nymphs such as Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and Buzzers.  Boobies also work but Blobs do not.  Ensure all flies are dressed on strong hooks, so cheap imports are definitely OUT!  Rod and Reel NZ have a fantastic array of flies at reasonable prices.

Disease Control

DO NOT TAKE IN FLY TYING MATERIALS UNLESS MAN MADE. Felt soles on wading boots are not allowed. All items must be clean.

EXCLUSIVE PIKE FISHING

December 21st, 2012

Fish the private estate lakes at Baronscourt. Excellent accommodation, boat/engine hire included. Overnight sailings (cabin included) with Stena from Birkenhead to Belfast. 2 and car 3 days/3 nights in resort from £369 pp,              4 nights/4 days from £397 pp,   7 nights/7 days from £481pp

COTTAGES ON PRIVATE LAKE

November 15th, 2012

CLONANDRA COTTAGES at Redhills near Belturbet offer excellent facilities in a scenic location and just a short drive to choice of pubs and shops. Excellent coarse and pike fishing on adjoining lake with great river and lake fishing in surrounding area. Bream, rudd, roach, hybrids, tench and carp (stocked). Excellent pike centre too with top guide.

Boat hire and tackle hire if required. Great value for groups of 2 to 10.

Example prices….

Vehicle and 4 , 7 nights from.. £168 pp 2 bedrooms

Vehicle and 6 , 7 nights from.. £141 pp 3 bedrooms

Vehicle and 8 , 7 nights from.. £123 pp 4 bedrooms

Vehicle and 9 , 7 nights from.. £139 pp 5 bedrooms

FANTASTIC SALMON & STEELHEAD

October 13th, 2012

Top guides, scenic rivers, excellent select  lodge… rivers teeming with Pacific Salmon and Steelhead Trout. Z Boat Lodge at Terrace on the Skeena River offers superb fly fishing, friendly guides and great action. Prime time – June, July, August, September.

7 nights / 6 days £3118pp   6 nights / 5 days £2618 pp.. From Terrace Airport.

We can offer city stopovers in Vancouver en route or self drive tours. British Columbia offers a huge choice of holiday options for the independant traveller.

Hybrids and Bream at Portumna

October 13th, 2012

Baz Smith enjoyed a couple of exceptional days fishing at Lough Derg, from Portumna. He hired a boat from Dave Harris and fished a pre baited swim, feeder fishing into 10 feet of water. Baz always clips up to ensure accuracy and enjoyed 179 pounds of quality hybrids and bream. You can now expect to hook into hybrids in the 3lb to 5lb class and bream tend to average 4 to 7 pounds.

BIG COD IN NORWAY

October 13th, 2012

The rich waters of northern Norway are now world renown for huge cod. On our trips 77 pounds is the biggest!!! 100lb plus cod exist and are caught commercially. Big cod can be caught from March to October but the prime time for the monster cod in selected areas is from mid March to early May. The Barents Sea Cod migrate into selected fjords to spawn.

Pirks seem to work best but it is always trying big shads too. A through action 20-30lb class boat rod is fine. The Shimano Beastmaster travel rods are excellent.

Centres include: Kokelv, Skjervoy, Lauklines and Hamn.

TARGET HALIBUT in NORWAY

October 13th, 2012

Halibut fishing just gets better and better each season. 2012 was the best season by far, one group of four clients had 19 in a single day. Huge halibut have been hooked and lost. One of the biggest weighed in at 374 pounds. Expect to catch them in the 20 to 8o pound range but a good number of 100 pound plus fish are caught each season.

Big shads work well but we have had excellent success this summer with fast drop jigs, more designed for tropical waters.!! Luminous white was particularly effective. Prime time of the year is late summer and into autumn but halibut can be found year round. In mid to late September they tend to move into shallower water, 10 to 30 metres in depth, with a sandy bottom. Often regarded as bottom feeders, halibut can be caught at all depths, taking small coalies in mid water. Strong tackle is essential and your terminal gear must be very strong.

Good centres include; Kokelv, Skjervoy, Arnoy, Lauklines, Hamn.

FISHING IN DENMARK

September 7th, 2012

Just had a great few days fishing the Silkeborg Lakes and River Guden with Keith Lidgett. Denmark is now fishing as good as it ever was.

The Lakes : You need a breeze for Danish lakes to fish at their best, or overcast conditions. Get as much particle in as possible with a large feeder, 12 to 15 casts just to get your feed in. Boiled wheat is by far the best and cheapest particle, a fraction of the price of casters and better.! Fish worm or corn or cocktails as hookbait. You will be fishing between reed beds so a pair of waders and a bait stand essential. The Sidewinder is a great bite indicator.

Keith has landed bream to 10 pounds but on my trip they averaged 5 with occasional fish to 7 pounds plus. Mint condition and hard fighting.

The River Guden is packed with nice roach and rudd, great sport on a stick float 7AAA fishing 3 to 4 foot deep depending on swim. Loose feed wheat and fish corn or wheat on the hook. These fish will take a single grain on a size 12.!!!

GREAT FISHING ON LOUGH DERG

June 19th, 2012

Three clients returned from a June trip to Lough Derg at Portumna. They hired a boat from Dave Harris to reach relatively unfished areas of shoreline. Dave had prebaited a number of areas and these clients really bagged up. Most days landing 100 catches per angler with quality roach to 2 pounds, lots of cracking hybrids to 5 pounds and bream to 8 pounds. (Most bream were in spawning mode).

Dave Harris can be reached on 00353 872 348038. Dave is also a top pike fishing guide.