Please let me know how much fly fishing you've done as this helps in planning locations for your day. Fly fishing a couple of days a year does not count as experienced and there's a massive difference between basic entry-level fly fishing with wetfly or nymph across and downstream as against the more delicate, accurate and controlled presentation of dry-fly or nymph whilst wading upstream .. Advanced skills with upstream fly fishing are very desirable from June on, summer levels mean rivers are low, clear and weeded. Our rivers are wild so a level of mobility/fitness with good wading skills are also desirable. The majority of my 10 or so locations are for really experienced fly fishers but for beginners and improvers we would use a user-friendly stretch at Adare, this is for health and safety and is non-negotiable, this location too does require basic mobility and fitness however.
EXPERIENCE - IF YOU'VE DONE UNDER 20 FULL DAYS + INSTRUCTION = BEGINNER, 20-50 FULL DAYS = IMPROVER, 50-100 FULL DAYS = EXPERIENCED
Speaking from 50yrs fly-fishing+25years guiding the vast majority of US clients overestimate their skills/experience and underestimate our wild Irish rivers.
So please be realistic about your skill level. (PS See also related info 'Can We Go as A Group' below), and please consider all this advice in particular where young/elderly, novice or infirm participants are involved.
Our rivers are natural and brown trout native and wild so success is directly related to the fly-fisher's skill, experience and ability
With fly fishing the fishing is only as good as the fisher.
I've had go-betweens try to organise the fishing arrangements for their clients/partners/sons/dads, there's lots of information I need to help make their day an enjoyable one, so please please have the fisherperson make contact. I'm a one-man operation so advance booking very advisable. I sometimes take short-notice bookings but as an all-inclusive service I need at least 48hrs, I can best plan your day armed with info such as clients fly fishing experience, wishes, expectations, limitations, age, mobility etc, plus I also need to get statistics such as foot/Waist sizes for waders, collection/rendezvous time/location, left or right hand wind on a fly-reel. I normally don't ask for a deposit so it costs you nothing to provisionally reserve a day, you can confirm or not as your travel plans develop.
What are the best Seasons - Time of year?
April-Sept would be busiest period as this is the open season for Trout, I operate from April 1st - Sept 30th, for March contact me. Brown Trout fishing more consistent as they are in the rivers all the time, given the choice I would plump for May or June, water levels are usually good, weeds not yet present, Mayfly is up etc. etc. Please be aware that from June on our rivers do get low and weeded and upstream fly fishing with advanced skills desirable. Those lacking these skills should opt for a half rather than full day.
Our trout rivers are comparatively small but wild, early months (Mar/Apr) would see good water levels, little weed and cooler temperatures. Fly fishing really comes into it's own in April/May and can be good right through to end of season (September 30th).
Due to the closure of many salmon rivers plus declining salmon runs I now limit my guiding to fly-fishing for native Brown Trout.
Left to right - R. Maigue Brown Trout , R. Feale Atlantic Salmon , R. Allaughan Sea-Trout, Shannon Estuary Sea-Bass, Glasha Lake Rainbow Trout , R. Shannon Pike
(All fish taken on fly by Paddy)
What should I bring with me?
Just a rainproof jacket. I supplyRods/Reels, 4-wh-drive transport,wet gear (incl waders), I also supply packed lunches, drinks, photos, Instruction, permits, licences etc.
My fly-rods are mainly fast action 9ft, 6wt rods by TFO of Dallas and our reels are top of the range by Ross Reels of Colorado.
I'm also a collector and have a large collection of Hardy Bros vintage/antique fly-reels and tackle.
I have over 40 fly outfits but feel free to bring your own gear although this does not alter our rates.
We supply nylon/rubber chest/waist waders but bring breathable waders if you wish.
Can we go as a group?
Often an angler will encourage other non-fisher or inexperienced members of his group to tag along and in such cases the group as a whole will be treated as beginners. For various reasons, not least of all health and safety I will not guide inexperienced people to wild locations. 4 anglers maximum to an outing, this to ensure Paddy can deliver personal attention.
25 years guiding experience tells me that the vast majority of my clients totally underestimate just how wild our locations are
so please take note and be realistic when considering this, particularly where novice, elderly or infirm anglers are concerned.
Lady Fly-fishers always welcome, more and more ladies are taking up fly-fishing, very chic and a great way to enjoy the outdoors.
Can I hire fly fishing equipment if I want to go it alone?
As a tribute to those wild beauties that give us such sport we release 99% of our catch, keeping but an odd fish for the 'table'.
All my clients are covered by Public Liability Insurance PLUS Courtesy Car Cover whilst fishing and Travelling with Celtic Angling.
Automatically inflating life-jackets provided when fishing for Sea-Bass or on request when river fishing.
I collect/drop clients from/to Hotel/Guesthouse if in or near Adare, or rendezvous with clients in Car Park at rear of Heritage Centre/Tourist Office in centre of Adare village. Clients may follow in their own transport if they wish, indeed, this is sometimes necessary with larger groups. Most fishing locations I use are 10-30mins from Adare. If collection from Limerick city is required then the round-trip time is included in the fishing day.
When Emailing Me
Please include your cellphone , some of my email replies were not getting back to some clients recently (Inbox full or other) and they thought I was ignoring them, not so, for some reason their email provider was rejecting my return mail unbeknownst to the client. I can send an SMS message to that effect if I have a cell number.
If you are using an Irish mobile phone then just text me on 087/6525687 or using a US Cellphone 011353876525687 (Especially if you suspect I've not received your email.