Wexford felt a little better this evening for the first time in a while.
Monday, 30 April 2012
Saturday, 28 April 2012
Wexford Biodiversity draft plan and Bass conservation
When all submissions to the Wexford Biodiversity Plan have been received and reviewed, a draft plan will be compiled. Following on from this a public meeting will be held to discuss the Draft Biodiversity Plan and to seek further comments.
Wexford Co.Council has now published its draft biodiversity plan – from a bass conservation perspective you may be interested in page 96 and indeed throughout the document there are references to bass and their continued protection. The full document is available to download below and from Wexford Co.Council website.
There were 58 submissions from a bass angling perspective of a total submission number of 99. This is significant.
From Page 96 of the document
Submissions Numbers 22-78
individual submissions various Re: Conservation of Sea Bass stocks
• Maintain Legislation to Protect the SEA Bass from Commercial fishing.
• Importance of Recreational Angling to the Local Economy/Tourism
• Illegal Fishing/Netting
Its important to remember at this stage that this is a draft document and taken from page 49 we have another opportunity to
Review Data and Identify Gaps
Objective 1 - To identify Biodiversity information and fill data gaps for the County, to prioritise habitats and species for protection and to inform conservation action and decision making Actions Partners/Funding Thefile,20294,en
It tells you different influences apply for different places..........the crane, the streetlight, the church.
The wind , the place, the wave.....
Friday, 27 April 2012
Once we get past the next 24 / 36 hours then, fingers crossed we are into a genuine period of possibilities for a few days - but dont count on it holding.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
On a small journey
Fishing with bass flies bought from a shop can provide good results for the fly angler. Working with somebody like Brian Healy who can realise your specific requirements adds a dimension that’s simply not available anywhere else. Hence a degree of uniqueness and quality is added to the mix.
Tying the bucktail deceiver third in the sequence above (hollow style– from B.Popovic) in a range of densities simply allows the creation of a fly that’s easy to cast, has a superb profile (s), doesn’t foul and can be presented at different depths, representing many food items.
Tailoring that requirement to specific locations and conditions is fast becoming an obsession for me.
The size and shape of the fly is almost unlimited – movement, control and selection is of course is up to you!
Long bunches of bucktail using specific hooks can produce flies up to 10-inches in length. Other natural or synthetic fibres produce even longer flies. All remain easy to cast.
The bucktail selection also affects the bulk and silhouette of the fly. Bulky flies are best tied with crinkly bucktail. Using a finer and somewhat straighter bucktail the tier can produce slimmer, skinnier imitations. Changing the density of material of course will affect the definition of the silhouette of the the fly – more material a stronger visual presence is achieved less material a more vague and translucent effect is the result.
So you want a dense fly with a strong profile and silhouette that gets down AND pushes water – simply add tungsten beads to the mix……it goes on and on.
Any of these simple changes produce different results under different circumstances.
So many things to do, so little time!
A short note
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Evolving through trial and error
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Wanted – One Saltwater Fly Fisher
Outlook Heavy rain will continue to affect parts of the east and south on Wednesday night, with an ongoing risk of localised flooding. Lowest temperatures of 2 to 6 degrees in strong northerly winds. The rain will persist on Thursday with the east coast being the most affected with further heavy falls. Elsewhere the rain will be lighter with some sunny spells at times. Highest temperatures of 7 to 12 degrees in strong northerly winds.
The wet and windy weather will continue on Friday with widespread rain and fresh northerly winds. This will keep temperatures at 7 to 10 degrees. However on Saturday the rain will ease off, with showers developing and more in the way of sunny spells. Temperatures will rise a degree or two and will reach 9 to 12 degrees, however the fresh northerly winds will still be blowing. On Sunday it looks more rain is on the way with all parts being affected. The unsettled weather will continue into next week too.
Source - Met Eireann
- Enthusiasm (endless)
- Sense of humour (good or bad)
- SW fly casting and fishing ability in most conditions
- Lots of patience
- Knowledge of multi media technology
- Similar state of mind (?)
- Must love SWFF
- Did I say patience
- Lack of fishing, tackle or any other ego!
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Saltwater bass flies
Hand tied in Ireland and custom built to order - available here.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Think, imagine, apply sensibly and creatively your own experiences and influences to your own fishing. No two anglers, situations or indeed locations are the same.
What's different for you is not always similar for me so why waste time refuting generalisations?
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
A favourite fly
If its a simple reason/s there's no complexity.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Exceptional fishing happens, good and bad, early and late, big and small, a common part of frequent normality in a wild environment.
Monday, 16 April 2012
Saturday, 14 April 2012
Water conditions are crystal clear with only a few indications of shrimp, sandeel and immature flounder showing but its still very early, with strong cold air running over cold water it never makes things easy.
I never expect too much at this time of year from a bass perspective, and its probably not until the next set of Springs that I would anticipate to catch some numbers of bass with confidence and even then its always touch and go. See indications here
But its great to be out and with a few customers who are willing to try for an early bass or even a possible seat trout or mullet I had a great week of trying some new gear and locations. I continue to experimental fly fish as much as possible and I am still modifying our seatrout bass and mullet range of flies. I had some interesting fishing on Sunday last watching fish track the fly inch by inch for maybe 10 feet but not eating - next week is the last of my semester so school's out for Summer at last!
Interesting possibility on Monday......but in reality its still very difficult out there for your unit of effort.
If you would like a relaxed estuary fishing/workshop Spring day then please take a look here
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
The benefits of angling - One 3 year research project
Angling tourism needs to be developed sustainably, maintaining a balance between ‘development’ and environmental and social management factors.
From fishing for Answers the final report.
Fishing for Answers summarises the key findings from three years of research on the benefits angling delivers for people and their communities. It focuses on angling's contribution to six key areas: sports participation; health and well-being; the natural environment; community development; tourism and rural communities; and young people.
Final Report of the Social and Community Benefits of Angling Project
Section 5: Angling tourism and Rural Areas
The entire Document can be found here to download
We asked anglers in our Assynt Anglers Survey in 2010 to identify the most important things about angling in Assynt. The results are presented in the bar chart below. Although the catch-related aspects of the angling experience – most notably the quality of fish stocks – perhaps inevitably received a large number of 1st place rankings, the remoteness, fishing mountain lochs, being able to fish without seeing others and the scenery in which people go fishing scored highest overall. These results suggest that anglers who visit Assynt value the social isolation and the quality of the landscape at least as much as they do the actual fishing.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
In a cool North Easterly and bright conditions Jerome and I spent a pleasant afternoon getting a sense of the requirements. There are times when I’m reminded that its the most difficult and challenging way to catch fish, the casting the waves the water the basket the line the leader the retrieve the wind the fly the environment the you…
It takes time.
Friday, 6 April 2012
Five years of April showers
I'm into the fifth year of this website, and my tenth season working at guiding for bass starts today. My customer is Jerome Caparros from France and we will only tentatively attempt bass on the fly today .
Wishing you all a happy Easter -
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
What we do: Sustainable seas. But where is angling?
AMBER – this may be OK to eat but we don’t know enough to be sure. Little is known about the state of the stock, the way it is fished causes damage to the marine ecosystem or there is enough evidence to suggests that stocks are declining.
Bass are currently classed in this system as Amber
Taken from the Irish Wildlife Trust - Article Sustainable Seas
One of the many questions from the Environmental Pillar Submission made recently caught my attention. The entire .pdf can be located here
In Briefing Document II each marine sectors is presented in turn with no conceivable attempt at assessing synergistic or conflicting interests and needs. In order to achieve integration the plan will have to be discussed by all stakeholders in inclusive manner, while addressing environmental, resource
and financial restrictions. Such an approach would help to reduce duplication, improving efficiency across sectors, and planning.
I can agree with this provided each marine sector and all stakeholders are presented, yet there is scant mention of angling or angling related activities in the midst of any of this!
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Adding the boat does create launch and recovery time but then there’s the added dynamic of been able to go where and when I like. Combined with a picnic of homemade food a Kelly kettle a little sunshine and the sound of skylarks what more is needed for a complete day.
Fly casting for bass on a southern facing shoreline is always going to present problems to all but the most accomplished of casters. Orienting ourselves with the wind at our backs is now on option to take some of the difficulty out of the fishing from time to time.
So I look forward to a little more manoeuvrability and different options for my customers and their fishing during the summer and into the autumn. I’m reminded that I don’t ever have to go far to catch fish.
For an early season estuary foray please mail me at email@example.com or call at 086 3444557
Bendy rods for 2012 - Jim
Monday, 2 April 2012
Bass fishing fly kits
Our collaboration has focused on the correct fly selection for increased success according to your specific location and the bass fishing requirements at these locations during the season. Hence there are some subtle variations within the kits.
It is also the intention to provide saltwater fly kits for solutions to your Mullet fishing, sea trout fishing and a tentative attempt at some Gilthead bream, bearing in mind the GHB is still very much experimental for us.
Many flies from these kits will cross over to different species at different times, for example some of the seatrout flies will cross over into early season estuary bass solutions
You can order your fly kits for a particular location, time or species or you can simply peruse the recommended lists and order what you need to fill the gaps in your fly box. There is a minimum purchase quantity of eight flies.
To many anglers Wexford and bass fishing are an integrated saltwater fly fishing opportunity, but within that circumstance mullet, seatrout and gilthead bream are all potential targets.
It is the Wexford Bass Collection that we offer first as a fishing solution for you, the following are highly recommended where – (o) = optional fly from your choice.
Mini Flatwings 2 X White and lavender
Mini Flatwings 2 X Sandeel type blend
Mini Flatwings 2 X Dark blend (o)
Deceivers small 2 X White
Deceivers small 2 X White and chartreuse
Deceivers small 2 X White and olive (o)
Deceivers Medium 2 X White
Deceivers Medium 2 X White and chartreuse
Deceivers Medium 2 X White lavender and grey (o)
Bucktail Deceivers 2 X White
Bucktail Deceivers 2 X White and Chartreuse
Bucktail Deceivers 2 X White and Olive (o)
Hollow Fleyes 2 X White and Grey
Hollow Fleyes 2 X White lavender and grey
Hollow Fleyes 2 X Orange and black (o)
Hollow Fleyes 2 X Hyper green or pink or orange mix (o)
Clouser minnows 2 X Olive and white
Clouser minnows 2 X Blue and white (o)
Clouser minnows 2 X Chartreuse and white
Half n half 2 X Chartreuse and white
Total 40 flies in the collection – with the option to mix the set down to 26 flies as a minimum
Offering the additions of the larger flies below if required for later in the year or for attempts at bigger fish
Flatwing (launce) 8 – 9 inches
Sloopy Droopy 6 – 7 inches
Semper type tied hollow – 5 – 6 inches
Its difficult to appreciate the quality here, it is exceptional. For further details please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will include more photos on Thirtyards later.
Its distinctive simplicity and clarity of approach in a 'quiet' way still influences me today. I got this e-mail from Ray yesterday
Greetings Jim, I've occasionally come across your site and have noticed some interest in some of my patterns and book,
I just began a new website that I think those "across the pond" on your site may find interesting.
Author of "Stripers and Streamers" r
The beginning AND the end…
Forwarded to - The Irish Bass Policy Group (David McInerny, John Quinlan, Shane O Reilly, Mike Hennessy, Dr William Roche, Dr Nial O'Ma...