Newport Sea Angling Club lands new equipment from IFI

Angling Notes: junior anglers will get to hone their fishing skills thanks to new initiative

The Minister for Inland Fisheries, Seán Canney, has welcomed the success of Newport Sea Angling Club in securing fishing equipment from Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) through the National Strategy for Angling Development for junior anglers in the local community.

“I am happy to see IFI stand behind the Newport club’s excellent initiative, and I am confident their efforts will bring new participants into this healthy outdoor pastime,” the Minister said.

The club’s youth initiative attracts many junior anglers every year, with up to 60 regularly attending competitions. In addition to fishing equipment, funding will include a projector and screen to assist in theoretical training sessions.

Declan Moran of Newport SAC added: "We hope we can remove any pressure on parents or guardians to purchase angling equipment until their child has tried the pursuit and intends to continue with it.


“We believe this is one of the reasons why the club is so successful in introducing many young anglers to sea fishing. We are committed to helping the next generation by passing on angling skills in a safe and friendly environment.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually. This will be achieved by driving participation among domestic and overseas visitors, supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.

Sea anglers’ handbook

Recently I received a copy of the first printed handbook of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers. Over the next few weeks I will include excerpts from the handbook which, I am sure, will make for some interesting reading to those involved in sea angling.

Steelhead fishing in British Columbia

Farlows Travel works with renowned guide Derek Barber, who operates a small lodge on the Upper Nass, British Columbia. The fishing is possibly the last intact steelhead habitat in North America with no development, and the camp is accessible only by helicopter flight from Smithers, some 100 miles away.

There are two rods left for the week of September 17th to 24th, 2019. This is peak arrival time for the bulk of the run and fresh fish will be arriving daily. Fishing will be dry flies when conditions allow, but generally floating lines or light tips with wet flies in very pleasant fall-like fishing conditions.

The price is $8,500 per rod, based on single accommodation and shared guide. For further information or to book, contact Roderic Hall on: 020-7484-1006 or

Wicklow anglers hold their 89th agm

The 89th annual general meeting of County Wicklow Anglers' Association will be held in the Royal Hotel, Bray on Monday, 4th February. All members are requested to attend. Resolutions and notices of motion must be received by the honorary secretary, in writing not less than seven days prior to meeting.