FISHING TRIP IRELAND
Ireland is a country we all appreciate ….. From its startling greenery to its medieval castles this lovely country, well-known for the warmth of its inhabitants, is also a prime fishing destination. So , if :
-you want to fish for pike or fly-fish for trout
-you want an efficient organisation
-you are looking for a nice place to go on a reasonable budget
-you are looking for a friendly atmosphere
-you are alone or with a group of anglers
Then hesitate no more!
Itinerary for 8 days, 7 nights, 6 days fishing
Sunday : Departure from your country to Dublin. You will be met by our representative and taken to your place of stay. Dinner
From Monday to Saturday : 6 days pike fishing or trout fishing with a guide
Visiting Ireland is like going back in time. Ancient ruins are everywhere : from mysterious druid monuments to imposing Norman fortifications.
You will be staying in the heart of the Lakelands, in Country Leitrim, just a 2-hour drive from Dublin airport. The region certainly deserves its name as you will have more than 250 lakes in a radius of 20km around your location but that is not all. You can linger in the pretty villages dotted along the lakes, canals and rivers, wonder at the mysterious islands and the unspoilt landscapes and enjoy the friendly atmosphere of the small towns where people meet up to have a meal or a drink.
Fly-fishing for trout : from the end of March to the beginning of July, then all through September (season closes on 30th September)
Pike fishing : from the end of March to the beginning of July, then from September to mid-November
Fishing methods – fly-fishing, spinning, bait-fishing, lures
René and Jean-Louis offer you the opportunity to fish for pike in the lakes and/or fly-fish for trout in the rivers. All our trips are no-kill.
Brown trout (fly-fishing only)
The only native species in Irish rivers. Fish stocking is not common in this country.
The average size of these magnificent trout is from 18 to 30 cm but bigger specimens of over 50 cm can be caught…. And when the conditions are good, so is the fishing!
Fishing locations: You will be able to fish several rivers around where you will be staying.
The River Annalee : average-sized river, 30 m wide, a succession of pools with faster stretches
The Dromore: 15 m wide, not quite as deep, lots of water buttercup
The Bonnoe: small river 5 to 7 m wide, a tributary of the above.
The trout : native Brown Trout only (no stocking needed). The average size is big for Ireland : many fish are between 30 and 45 cm. Fly-fishing only.
Seasons : from the end of March to the beginning of July, then all through September (season closes on 30 th September)
Possible option (at an extra charge)
Loch-style salmon fishing (drifting). Early July or in September, and weather permitting (so you will decide during your stay!), our guides can take you to try this typically Irish method – you will have the chance to fish a lake located a one and a half hour drive from your B&B. Loch-style is a technique developed by Irish anglers to fish salmon and trout from a drifting boat with a team of three flies.
The average size of Irish pike is between 50 and 70 cm but specimens of between 90cm and 1m are not rare. A few lucky anglers may catch fish over 1.10 and our guides’ record is 1.30 m!
Fishing methods : spinning , dead bait-fishing, lure, ….. Live-bait fishing is forbidden in Ireland.
Most pike fishing is by boat and you may have a choice of up to 40 lakes. Depending on weather conditions, you may also have the opportunity to fish for pike in the rivers.
Seasons : from then end of March to the beginning of July , then from September to mid-November
You will stay in a twin room in a Bed and Breakfast where anglers are particularly well catered-for. It is located just a few minutes walk from the centre of Carrigallen village and is near the fishing spots.
-4 room equipped with TV. 3 rooms with en-suite bathroom and one room with its own bathroom next door.
-a pleasant lounge
-a spacious dining-room where meals will be served (NB you will have half-board with breakfast and the evening meal. Lunch is not provided but you can find what you need nearby or bring some of your own regional specialities for your packed lunches!)
-a tackle and drying room
a tackle shop with reasonable prices if you need any last-minute purchases
French citizens : Valid passport or ID card. Minors not travelling with their parents must have signed permission to leave their country or hold a passport in their own name.
Other nationalities : please consult your embassy or consulate
Health : No vaccinations required
Language : the official language is gaelic, spoken by around 55 000 people ( mainly in the West). Most people speak English. Your guides speak French.
Time : I hour behind France. (When it’s noon in France, it’s 11 am in Ireland)
Climate : Temperate with mild winters and cool summers, quite damp , often cloudy.
Currency : euro
Electricity : 220 or 240 V. ( take an adaptor for British sockets)