About me


That’s me in the photo, motoring along on Lough Mask. Looking at the photo I see that my boat could use a lick of varnish, but there is no mad panic about that yet. Those waders look a bit dodgy too, but nothing a few patches won’t sort out. Of much more importance is the nice ripple on the lough, just fine for the wet fly.

I live in Co. Mayo and this blog is where I write down my thoughts, ideas and experiences of the angling in these parts. Fishing in Ireland is much more than just going out with a rod and catching a few fish. The challenges are great and the results sometimes leave a lot to be desired but the ‘craik’ is a huge part of the the whole angling scene. In modern Irish culture ‘the craik’ is good enough reason to do just about anything and fishing is an extension of that devil-may-care attitude to life which goes a long way to defining the Irish. A days fishing is often rounded off with a pint of porter in one of the local pubs and the details of the day discussed in great detail by all present.

Now a confession – I am not Irish. I am in fact ‘a blow in’, born a raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. The locals put up with me because I have been hanging around this neck of the woods for many years now. My fishing apprenticeship was on the rivers Dee, Don and Ythan in Aberdeenshire in the company of some excellent fishermen, many of whom are no longer with us. In those far off days salmon were present in good numbers as were sea trout and big baskets were not uncommon. I vividly recall my mother groaning ‘not another salmon!’ as I came through the front door with a fresh springer.


Mugiemoss angling club in the late ’70s

In addition to the actual angling I also tie a few flies so look out for patterns and tales of the ones which work and the ones which didn’t (many more of the latter than the former I am afraid).


I will post as and when I have something which I think may be of interest to others, which is basically my way of saying when I can be bothered. Please feel free to get in contact, I like to think I am approachable and tend towards helpfulness as a rule. Enjoy!

4 pounder

6 thoughts on “About me

      1. I just signed up 2 ur site great blogs about the fishing in the west im heading 2 conn 4 a fishing weekend on the 28 of april i have fished it a few times i have a few flies that i depend on that work every year like a gold bead bibio cathal rush wetmay fly olive bumble and dabbler claret wet mayfly is there any other wet or dry flies i should try i tye all my own flies adding different colours and materials would appreciate any tips u might have 4 me thanks donal


      2. OK, around that time we will have olives hatching and the very first of the mayfly will be hatching if the weather is kind. The patterns you mention will all work but I would add a small (size 12) Connemara Black with an orange fl. tag. Adding a touch of Globrite no. 4 floss as a rib or a tag seems to make a difference to many patterns on Lough Conn. yellow and olive mayfly emergers do well if the mayfly is up. Anything claret on a dull/wet day.


  1. Thanks for the email I wil tye up a few Connemara black flies 4 that weekend what about some olive patterns I seem 2 get stuck when it comes 2 the olive hatches wet or dry thanks


    1. olives often cause difficulties. you can see fish rise they refuse everything you throw at them! When all else fails I fish a cast of size 12 wets with a Green Peter on the leader somewhere.


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