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Angling at the Great Game Fairs of Ireland - Birr Castle 26th & 27th August by Glenda Powell Angling Director

Angling Display Team

Irish Game and Country Fair
Birr Castle 26 & 27th August 2017 10.00am to 5.30pm

The photo above shows me with Lord & Lady Rosse demonstrating in the arena at Birr Castle with the Fish Start girls in 2009. A great photo and a great time was had by all of us.

It is so important at all the fairs that we take the time to introduce people into our sport and this includes adults as well as children.

APGAI Ireland will be at the fair again this year to help with teaching casting, and fly-tying. There will be a fun casting competition aimed at beginners and we will have fun at the fair. Come and see us and have a go. Glenda Powell Angling will have a stand in the Salmon & Woodcock Pavilion and apart from APGAI Ireland, FISSTA, Inland Fisheries Ireland, DAERA Fisheries Division there will be displays of taxidermy, art, fishing tackle etc AND

All IFI LICENCE HOLDERS qualify for €5 OFF the cost of ADMISSION simply print off the voucher below, fill in your licence number and present at the gate.

IFI Voucher

We look forward to welcoming you and many, many thanks to Albert and his Great Game Fairs team for making this all possible and for providing so many fond life long memories.

Glenda Powell Guiding will have a stand in the Salmon & woodcock Pavilion but currently the 'Blackwater On Fire...'

Happiness is.......

Things end but memories and experiences last forever.

Pete who is one of our clients who we now call a friend, recently wrote the following on his blog;

''Blackwater on fire! Awesome fishing at the moment on Glendas fishery. 3 hours this evening, hooked 5 fish including one monster, landed 2 (!) and met at least a half dozen more. That's 6 landed and the same dropped in the past week or so. Cash in the brownie points, put in for a sneaky days holiday, do whatever you have to but get down there. Full floating set ups with small Willie Gunn and Cascade types and small sea trout flies on the dropper worked quickly doing the business.

We have experienced a wonderful summer in Ireland this year with temperatures soaring into the mid twenties. The children have been enjoying their time off school and Anna and Ian our children have been swimming most days in the Owenashad River which is a tributary of the River Blackwater which joins the Blackwater just under Lismore Castle. It takes me back to my own school holidays and swimming at Island Hill on Strangford Lough.

It is wonderful to see the children enjoying the long lazy days of summer, these memories will last a lifetime, and it has been a great year in Ireland also for tourism.

As for the angling community, we are a funny bunch and we prefer the rain as it usually improves our sport. It is funny though when a shop keeper makes small talk and says "Oh what beautiful weather we are having". Most of us who fish are thinking, "yes nice weather it is, but I wish it would rain". Actually saying this out loud makes us look somewhat grumpy and from years of experience it is therefore best just to think it.

Yes, we appreciate that it is lovely to have nice weather but we selfishly think about the salmon waiting to run the river. We have been known to do rain dances, we get hooked on 5 day forecasts and weather blogs, and have a grin from ear to ear when the weather man is forecasting rain and lots of it.

Despite the lack of water our lower beats have been fishing very well during July with many people catching fish, some catching multiple salmon, some having their best day ever , and many catching their first fish.

Our catches have been up on last July, and last July was a good month also.

The River Blackwater rose 50cms on the 21st July which brought in a lot of fresh fish. It has been rather dry since with thundery showers and as a result there has been a 10 cm rise at Killavullen during the night.

We are using floating lines, intermediate tips in places and small flies. If this doesn't tempt a fish it may be time also for the Collie Dog, Sunray Shadows and Hitching Flies, possibly even a nymph.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Sláinte an bhradáin (Health of the Salmon Upon You)

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