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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

#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


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