Wednesday, February 8, 2012

An Irish Angler



Within Co. Wicklow, dubbed The Garden of Ireland, a little over an hour from Dublin city centre are two wonderful wild trout fisheries just waiting to be discovered. The first, Lough Dan, is a secluded lake nestling in a glaciated valley high up in the Wicklow Mountains, which is home to hard fighting, free rising, mountain trout. Second, is the Vartry reservoir or Roundwood as it is more commonly called. Named after the nearby village and constructed in the 18th century to supply Dublin with water, Roundwood is a mature, well managed wild brown trout fishery. Both semi private lakes due to limited access, An Irish Anglers World has secured permission to place a boat on each water so enabling tourist and resident Irish fly anglers enjoy for the first time in many years, lough fishing Wicklow style. 

Trout on both Roundwood and Lough Dan are truly wild and hit the fly with gusto. Fished for with a five weight combination they give great and consistent sport. Traditional drift methods are used fishing floating, sink tip, or intermediate lines. Flies such as the Bibio, Watsons, Silverhorn sedge, Wicklow Killer, Daddy, Kate McLaren, Silver dabbler, Peter Ross, and Alexandra work well in sizes ranging from 14 - 10.

A days fishing generally takes place between 09.00 - 17.00 hours. Lunchtime will be spent on beautiful shoreline locations with a backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains in all their splendour. The Kelly kettle will be fired up and a fine spread provided, then its back on the water for the afternoon. Evening fishing can be arranged in the high summer months, and is recommended, especially on Roundwood when the silverhorns are hatching.

Lough Dan, the largest natural lake in Co. Wicklow, and Roundwood reservoir are unique wild trout fisheries barely an hour south of Dublin. Whether on holidays, business, or just looking to unwind, relax with a days fly fishing in the Wicklow Mountains, you will be glad that you did.

Contact: Ashley Hayden through the website www.anirishanglersworld.com or phone: +353 (0)53 94 28917.

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