There are some times that I doubt myself for fishing. Blanking for a week in France was one of those times. Then there are times when you go out, do not really catch a lot but have a superb time. Last weekend was one of those times. In the last few months I have really grown to love fly fishing, some call it elitist, for people stuck in the wrong age, for people who do not know what a fixed spool reel is…. well some of this is right… what it really is, for me at least, is manna for the soul. The sound a fly line makes as it whistles through the air and then alights on the water as gently as a damsel fly.. Then you stand there wondering what the last 5 casts didn’t do that 🙂 wondering why you have been thrashing the water to a foam only to have 1 cast go perfectly. Oh well that is fishing. If you are interested in guided fishing in Northern Ireland, give Packie Trotter a call on +44 7821538548  I have used several times, he is a real gent and I am yet to blank.


Oh and by the way those waders do make your arse look huge….

Fluff Chucking

Well they say a change is a good as a rest.. so I decided to try fly fishing ! Not really ever done it apart from a few times at school and wow it is hard. My lovely wife managed to arrange a gentleman ( Patrick Trotter) in in Maguires Bridge in Northern Ireland to give me some training on the Colebrooke River.  If you are in Northern Ireland and want some tuition / guiding for a day he is the man. After 15 mins he had me casting well enough to be able to tackle a small river and boy was it fun. If you want to get in contact drop me a mail and I will pass on your details.

If you are getting jaded with your carp fishing, give it a go. Even the casting is really really hard. I consider myself a competent caster with a lure rod but a fly rod is a complely different kettle of fish.

Oh and by the way, all this rubbish about fly fishing being an elitist sport, well I couldnt have been made to feel more welcome and I even managed to catch a fish on the dry fly as well.

If you want to experinece some of the best wild trout fishing N Ireland has to offer give Packie a call on +44 7821538548 and he will sort you out.