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.
Flyfishing for Salmon on great rivers like the Lee , Blackwater, Laune , Bandon and Caragh has always been on top of the list for anglers from Ireland and abroad.We also fly fish for them on our lakes in the same way that we fish for Sea Trout. On the big rivers Two Handed rods of 12′ to 15′ with Spey lines and Shooting heads with multi tips are used. On smaller spate rivers a single handed rod of 10′ -11′ or switch rods to 12′ . Lines can be a personal choice to suit conditions. Flies are also a personal choice and we have so many to choose from now . The Allys Cascade and variants being the most popular of Salmon flies , the Irish shrimp flies will always work. Stoats Tails and Hairwing patterns have their day, the list goes on.The season in munster opens on the 17th of January, so tight lines and lets get fishing.