Pike Fishing

Pike Fishing

Pike Fishing

ffi7Irish Pike are renowned for both their aggression and stamina. Pursuing pike on lure or fly gear has to rank as one of the top fishing experiences found anywhere in Ireland. With an abundance of prey food in most fisheries, Pike grow fast. We fish a number of lakes in the Cork area and all waters have produced fish to over 15 kgs.

photoWe guide the entire Lee system and have a number of boats on each of the 3 lakes. These are vast, difficult waters and our experienced guides are at hand to offer instruction on casting, fly / lure selection, fish handling and to ultimately put you on the fish .


We specialize in fly fishing for pike and believe it is the most affective and least invasive method of catching these magnificent predators.

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We also provide lure and bait fishing trips for non fly anglers. At Fly Fish Ireland, we like to keep our options open and during times of excessive rain when the Lee system is in flood, we fish a number of smaller lakes which are less susceptible to water level fluctuations. These smaller waters have produced some of the biggest Pike for both our clients and our guides.

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Pontoon boat trips on selected waters are also available. These crafts offer a more personal approach and are the best way to fish some of the smaller waters. With such a low profile, pike hit close, real close to the boat. It’s both visual and exhilarating watching a fish take less than a rod length away.

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Saltwater Fly & Lure Fishing

Fly Fish Ireland offer saltwater fly and lure fishing along Co.Corks beautiful coastline. Boat and shore fishing available catering for all level of anglers encompassing iconic locations such as Cork Harbour, kinsale, Courtmacsherry and Rosscarbery.
Ireland has long been regarded as one of Europe’s top Bass fishing destinations and the fishing along the Cork coastline is as good as it gets anywhere in Ireland.
This rugged coastline offers an endless amount of locations for a diversity of species such as Bass, Wrasse, Pollock, Mullet and the occasional Gilthead Bream.
These are for the most part unpressurised vibrant waters where catch and release is practised by more and more anglers ensuring the viability of future stocks.
We have learned to keep our options open in our approach to our guiding and our own fishing. The weather is the biggest challenge when fishing anywhere in Ireland with wind being the defining factor on the final choice of destination on any given day.
During summer months, we keep a number of boats on the water in Cork Harbour and Courtmacsherry. We also have boats on trailers ready to launch in locations protected from bad weather. For locations where there is no access to launch a boat, we use Pontoon boats that can be launched virtually anywhere. Fitted with casting platforms, electric motors and gps, they provide a safe and very affective platform to fish from.
We have gained a vast knowledge of the cork coastline over the past 20 years in search of Bass on fly and lure and have developed a love and appreciation for Pollock, Wrasse and Mullet which have provided us and many clients with great experiences and wonderful memories.

Pike Fishing

Fly fishing for pike has to be one of the most exciting forms of fishing available anywhere in the world. Weather its stalking big pike in clear shallow water or drift fishing from a boat, our guides are at hand to advise on casting techniques, equipment and of course Pike welfare.

Sea Trout

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Sea Trout in Ireland can also vary from  place to place with average fisheries to exceptional fisheries . Numbers of fish and size of fish depend on habitat , spawning, coastal feeding and Sea trout genitics eg. ( long living slow growing fish to short lived faster growing fish) .

Salmon Fishing

Fishing for atlantic salmon in Ireland has changed much over the last number of years. The large runs of big spring fish had dwindled from their former greatness , Grilse runs of summer months were down and salmon seem to run later and later.Then the coin flipped and we marched on a government united. 4000 fishermen from all over Ireland peacefully protested to save our Salmon, and we did.The same way we stopped a rod licence for trout on fisheries that belonged to the people of Ireland. The Irish Government banned the Drift Netting around Ireland and it also placed new rules and regulations on anglers which was necessary. With rod and line fishermen the most important thing was to put the salmon first and their fishing second and now the runs of fish have dramatically improved.


Een geregeld voorkomend probleem is het roesten van haken in vliegendozen, met name na een sessie op het zoute. Over dat probleem praatte ik afgelopen voorjaar in Ierland met fanatiek zeebaars- en snoekvisser (met de vlieg) Mark Houlihan  en die had daar een mooie oplossing voor gevonden.angling-designs_004

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Door Jelle Westerhuis

Kwam Mark Houlihan (http://flyfishireland.ie/) tegen op onze Ierland-trip. Hij is fanatiek zeebaars- en snoekvisser met de vlieg en heeft een aantal problemen ondervonden die ik eerder dit jaar ook had: snaps vlogen open, spelden hielden niet en eigenlijk was het snoekvissen daarvan niet beter geworden. En zo zie je maar weer dat je van anderen een hoop kunt leren. In dit geval een heel praktisch dingetje waarvan ik binnen een paar seconden het nut inzag.

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Door Jelle Westerhuis

Aangezien de haven nog erg weinig vis bevat en de weersomstandigheden dermate verslechterd zijn waardoor vissen op open zee al helemaal geen optie is, wordt er door het team van Bella Vista een plan B bedacht. (En dan te weten dat er nog de plannen C, D en E klaarliggen, dat geeft een gerust gevoel dat je geen dag hoeft te verspelen! En logisch, moet er ook niet aan denken om als fanatiek visser een dag op de wal door te brengen zonder hengel in de hand te hebben gehad… Het idee alleen al). Plan B is super voor ons en we pakken het met beide handen aan.

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