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fishing in Killarney

Fishing in Killarney Ireland 

Trout Fishing & Salmon Fishing
trips on the Lakes of Killarney with
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Fly Fishing Trips & Bait Fishing Trips
Rock, Pier, Shore & River Fishing
Day and nightime fishing adventures
Mike (The King) O'Brien
I.F.S.A. Fishing Instructor

Mike O'Brien
Co Kerry

353 (0)87 1229352
Eircode V93 A4W5

Fishing methods

Fly Fishing:
Anglers fly fishing from a boat on lakes will require a fishing rod of 10 or 11 ft, rated AFTM 6–7 (Association of Fishing Tackle Manufacturers) which will cover many situations.
River fishing will require an 8 or 9 ft rod AFTM 5 - 6 will be suitable for most occasions.
Fly-fishing the Irish lakes is mostly with wet fly but on occasions when a fly is ‘on the water’, dry fly fishing is also popular.
When fishing with a wet fly, it is usual to use a team of three or four flies, often fishing a relatively short line and ‘dibbling’ the bob fly on the surface.
On rivers the approach tends to be more imitative using wet flies, dry fly or nymph.

Connemara Black Fly

connameara-black-trout fly
A Top 10 wet Trout Fly

The Bibio Wet Fly

bibio wet trout fly
The all-year Trout Fly
Fly fishing rods:
Originally constructed from materials such as split cane, are now predominantly made from composites of carbon fiber and graphite. The main benefit of modern rod construction is lightness and durability.
Fly rods have what is called an “AFTM (Association of Fishing Tackle Manufacturers) weight rating” which means they are manufactured to cast a particular weight of line.

Sage Fly Rod

10', Weight 5, 4 piece Fly Rod

Loop Fly Rod

8' 6'', Weight 3, 4 Piece Fly Rod
Fly fishing reels:
Reels are simply a spool to hold the line. Specialist fishing for certain species such as salmon, large brown and sea trout, bass, and blue water game fish do require more sophisticated reels incorporating drags allowing the fish to run under pressure, however most angling situations can be handled using basic uncompromising less pricy equipment.

Airflow Switch Fly Reel

6.32oz WF6+100yds

Mitchell Mag Pro RZ

Ideal for light fishing
Fly fishing  lines:
Traditionally made from silk are now manufactured by coating a braided inner core with plastic. Fly lines are made to either float or sink.
Floating lines are the most common type of line and can be used for a wide variety of fly fishing. They are particularly suited to sight fishing with nymphs and dry flies.

Fly Lines come with a weight rating (AFTM) which lets you know the weight of the line. The line weight should be matched to your fly rod’s AFTM weight rating.
It is line weight which enables a rod to cast.
Most fly lines are thirty meters long and tapered to comprise a fine tip section, a middle section or belly, and a running section. Lines tend to come in two tapers, a weight forward taper and a double taper with the weight forward being favoured because of its ability to cope better in windy conditions.

A Weight Forward floating fly line (WF):
As the name suggests has more weight in the front half of the line hence it casts better in windy conditions. Some are designed for delicate presentations while others are better suited for distance. Today most fly anglers use weight forward lines.

Airflow Fly Line

Airflow Fly Line 4/5 WT

Maximumcatch Fly Line

WF, Floating, 90 yds

A Double Taper (DT):
This line has the weight in the middle, with a longer fine tip section that allows for delicate presentations. The back half of the line is the same as the front half, so the line can be reversed which doubles the life of the fly line. They are best suited to smaller streams where delicate presentations are required.

Sinking Lines:
These incorporate a dense outer coating so enabling the line to sink; some even contain a lead core. Sinking lines can range from sink tips, to intermediate (slow sinking) to fast sinking lines. The speed at which lines sink is controlled by the density of the coating and or the lead core. Intermediate lines will sink at a slow rate; say a half inch per second, while some fast sinkers might achieve seven inches per second or more.
Sinking Lines are used in combination with nymphs, lures, or wet flies where extra depth is needed to sink your flies down to where the fish are stationed. Lakes, medium to large rivers, and coastal locations all provide situations where sinking lines could be utilised.

Fly fishing on the River Loune


Boat fishing:
Trolling is a favoured way of fishing the Lakes of Killarney allowing much water be covered in the course of a day. Either artificial or natural fishing baits may be used.
When fly fishing, drifting broadside down wind is the standard way to fish.
Trolling accounts for a large number of fish every year. This can be done using both artificial and natural fishing baits. The introduction of downriggers and echo sounders has increased the efficiency of this method over the last few years. This method probably accounts for the majority of the large brown trout taken from the loughs every year.
An echo sounder if desired can be a used on our bigger lakes. It is used primarily to ascertain depth, to locate fish and the depth they are feeding at.
Dapping, though not as fashionable or popular as it once was, is a very Irish method of catching fish, both trout and salmon, either using artificial fly or the real thing. There can be few things more enjoyable than drifting on a nice day, with a good wave making a fly dance along the water while watching a whopper of a trout in hot pursuit.

Many of Mike's fishing flies are of Irish descent including Dabblers, Goslings, Mayflies, Daddy-long-legs and the Bumbles (made famous by Kingsmill Moore). Mike, of course has many well proven self tied flies for all locations and conditions, both on river and lake.

Boat fishing in Killarney


Spinner fishing:
Most times a light spinning rod (of about 8-10ft) with 8–10lb monofilament line on a fixed spool reel will suffice for most conditions.
Spinning can be very effective. On rivers small mepps, rappala and natural minnow can be very effective particularly when fished up stream.

Fishing Bait Box

14 Compartment Fishing Bait Box

Flambeau Tackle Box

Hip Roof 7 Tray Tackle Box

Bait Fishing:
Bait fishing will produce trout on everything from maggot and hemp to plastic sweet corn. Trout are opportunistic feeders and will take a wide range of baits including worms, the first choice of bait for many anglers to-day.