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#12042427 - 05/19/17 A little Ireland fishing  
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Wife and I have returned from our Ireland trip. This was really planned for her to visit some places of her ancestors of three generations ago and learn a little bit more. She asked me what I wanted to do and I told her a day of trout fishing would be great. I did some research and ended up with Louginville House. This would also give her a little break in the on the 10 day Dublin, Cork, Galway, Dublin circle. In short an amazing experience at a level of society that doesn't exist many places. That being said, the staff and managers were really wonderful and there is nothing at all wrong with having a welcome Cider sitting in the sun with a couple of the estate dogs.

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The cider is from apples grown on site.

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Headed down to the river (the Blackwater) and the pheasants were everywhere (phone pics)

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Fine looking river stained brown with the springs from the bogs but pretty clear.

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The Gillie, who was one of us a very avid hunter and fisherman of any and all sorts.

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#12042432 - 05/19/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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The trout were numerous, as were the bugs hatching but no solid set of rises so fished nymphs, the plus there is that the gillie said salmon often grab trout flies. There were some salmon in the river and I saw one roll. I fished his 9' 6 weight with typical flies I would have fished, a hares ear and a pheasant tail. With the color of the water they were not leader shy and I'm guessing we were fishing 3X with size 14-16 flies. Much heaver than I normally use. Average trout are not big and average 1/2 lb so most of what I caught was pretty average. I caught 12-15 fish in three or four hours and had a great time.

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Typical boxes but much more organized than mine!


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I've caught a fair number of trout in my life but not any under the ruins of a castle before!

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Truly a great trip and this was only one stop of it.

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#12042624 - 05/19/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Very nice, thanks for sharing!!!!!!

#12042636 - 05/19/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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A very worthy post and pic's. The history and people (the castle) of the past there I can only imagine.

#12042933 - 05/19/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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What a great trip. I can't want to hear more about it.


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#12043391 - 05/20/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Truly the Emerald Isle. Think I'll watch "The Quiet Man" smile


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#12043954 - 05/20/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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I'm jealous and it brings back memories of my trip to western Europe. I didn't get to go fishing in Ireland but i did manage a couple of days on the Usk river in Wales. I also spent a day at a small lake near where I was staying, in the town of Usk, casting flies from shore. I caught a brace of decent browns from the lake. One on a Montana nymph and the other on a black gnat. I caught three or four 8" to 12" browns in the river swinging dry flies They wouldn't hit a fly that was dead drifted as well as one that was "skiing".

I also enjoyed many good pints of very good beer while I was there.

I know you had a good trip Pugs. Ireland was truly the Emerald Isle when I was there in early spring and it had some of the most breath taking scenery I've ever laid eyes on.

#12046415 - 05/21/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Sounds like fun

#12054724 - 05/26/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Very nice. I'm going next year with family and I would like to do some fishing, for at least a half or full day.

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Originally Posted by abbydog
Very nice. I'm going next year with family and I would like to do some fishing, for at least a half or full day.


You won't regret it - This is a useful site - http://irelandflyfishing.com


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#12055836 - 05/26/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Great color on the fish, and it looks like a place where I could easily relax.


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#12056666 - 05/27/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Absolutely spectacular!


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#12057771 - 05/27/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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#12057978 - 05/28/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: Pugs]  
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Looks like a great time, and you got some nice fish to boot.


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Thanks for sharing your story. Looks like a great place to stay and spend some time.

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Looks like Nirvana. I dream of one day going to Ireland and Scotland. Not necessarily to fish, but that would sure be a bonus. With the "unrest" in Europe these days, I don't know if it'll ever happen.

#12079564 - 06/08/17 Re: A little Ireland fishing [Re: SCGunNut]  
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Originally Posted by SCGunNut
Looks like Nirvana. I dream of one day going to Ireland and Scotland. Not necessarily to fish, but that would sure be a bonus. With the "unrest" in Europe these days, I don't know if it'll ever happen.


My day of fishing was a break in the middle and a nice break from the town side of things. I've traveled a fair amount (43 countries if I count properly) and this was my first time to Ireland. There are many places I won't go back to again nor some I would take my wife to but Ireland defines low threat environment. Always smart to keep your head about you but it was safe. There are places I won't go in Europe but Ireland isn't one of them.


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