Angling Notes: plan to introduce students to fly-fishing, local environment and biodiversity
Programme involves St James’s Street CBS Transition Year students in Dublin
Geoffrey Fitzjohn with first salmon of 2017 from Kylemore Abbey Fishery at Tullywee Bridge Pool, caught on a Black Shrimp size 8
Christopher Defillon, Navan, with his early season Sheelin trout
Eir’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team, in partnership with Inland Fisheries Ireland, are leading a new programme with James’s Street CBS Transition Year (TY) students in Dublin. The 13-week programme, led by Ciarán Ward, will introduce students to fly-fishing while teaching them about their local environment and biodiversity.
The programme will help students work towards achieving a Gaisce President’s Award. The award is a self-development programme that encourages young people to find their passion and make a difference in their community.
IFI’s Des Chew, said: “This is a particularly exciting and important project of educating the next generation to improve social inclusion and environmental awareness, and could be a pilot for similar schemes in other schools.”
Ms Olive Crowe, TY co-ordinator, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to participate in an activity they might never otherwise get to try while working towards their Gaisce awards.”
Salmon taken at Kylemore AbbeyGeoffrey Fitzjohn
Duckfly returnsWestportRonan GibbonsTourmakeady
Sean Maloney from Ballinrobe had a good week reporting fish on every outing. Malcolm Naughton and fishing partner JJ Hannon from Loughrea had 11 on Sunday (best fish 1.1kg, all returned). Kevin Beattie and Ray Broughton were out most days and reported excellent sport pulling dark wet flies on slow intermediate lines.
Anglers have reported some trout being a bit thin or “slatty”, which is normal at this time of year, so they are asked to allow these fish time to mend and return them to the water.
Cracking trout on CorribKevin CroninCornamona
Free rod licences boostWales
Other moves include a rolling rod licence which lasts for 365 days from the date of purchase – rather than running until the end of March regardless of when it was bought – for use during the fishing season.
And the use of three rods for specialist coarse fishing now needs just one licence, rather than two, a move welcomed by carp and specimen anglers.
Licences can be purchased quickly and easily online at “Get a Fishing Licence” on gov.uk, at the post office or phone on 0344 800 5386.
And further information, including full details of the cost of licences is available on NRW website.
NRW’s Rob Evans, said: “Getting young people involved not only contributes to their physical and mental well-being through increased activity but also helps them connect with nature in all its forms.”
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Further courses to be announced will include details of the Atlantic Salmon Trust adopt-a-stream initiative – the Small Streams Characterisation System training programme. This course is suited to club members interested in mapping, assessing and protecting their small feeder/spawning streams.
Both O’Riordan and Whelan will be in attendance at the Northwest Angling Fair in Strabane, Co Tyrone, on the April 8th and 9th. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.