Recommended Reading


A Man May Fish by the late Mr Justice Kingsmill Moore (1893-1979), one of the most respected men in Ireland in the decades before his death, has become a fishing classic since its first publication in 1960. The work covers a lifetime of fishing in Ireland for trout, sea trout (white trout), and salmon. The author was a skilled and long-experienced anger with an enviable command of the English language, and his book is full of information on how to fish. Although it is often reminiscent, there are no idle memories; ever incident teaches something of value, so that A Man May Fish is a really, useful, practical book.

In his Sea Trout Fishing (1975), Hugh Falkus (who has also written a Preface for this edition), placed A Man May Fish in his top-twenty best angling books – ‘a great man, a great book’.

ISBN 0-86140-451-3 23.4cm  226pp. +18pp illus. (one in colour)     £19.95

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Trout from a Boat

Trout from a Boat Tips, Techniques and ExperiencesThis is a book for boat-flyfishers: those who spend time afloat in pursuit of trout (and the occasional salmon), who know how difficult and frustrating the sport can be - but also how thrilling and rewarding. Few trout anglers have fished as widely as Dennis Moss, and fewer still have his ability to convey the skills of boatfishing with such insight and passion. He tells of his experiments with a new kind of improved drogue, of the breakthrough of the intermediate flyline, his discoveries about hook strengths and he shares his all-time favourite stillwater flies. This book will tell you a great deal about the craft of boatfishing and, as you learn, you will be taken to some fabulous locations and on some thrilling trips.

Author: Dennis Moss ISBN: 9781873674970 Published: July 2007 Format: 246 x 189 mm Binding: Hardback No. of pages: 224

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Trout & Salmon Flies of Ireland

Trout & Salmon Flies of Ireland

Now in its fourth printing, this comprehensive guide to the fishing flies of Ireland critically assesses the trout, salmon and seatrout patterns currently ued by anglers in Ireland. In alphabetical order, it features the traditional Irish flies, plus the tried and tested flies that have been imported by anglers to Ireland:

  • what they look like and the materials used to tie them
  • the loughs and rivers on which they are most frequently used
  • at what time of year and in which conditions to use them
  • and, most importantly, the book discloses which flies the locals, from the River Bann at Coleraine to Lough Currane at Waterville, recommend

Connemara Black, Green Peter, Murrough, Kingsmill, Beltra Badger - these are among the better-known Irish flies. But this book also features the more obscure, yet equally effective contenders, such as Mosely’s Mayfly, the Ballinderry Black, Purcell’s Peter and the Dabbler. The flies you will find here are as varied as the fishing of Ireland itself, from tiny dries, to emergers, to wet mayflies for the big loughs; and hairwings, tubes, mini-tubes and fully-dressed patterns for salmon. Peter O’Reilly, an expert flytyer has produced the flies photographed in this book, and - for added interest - he has included some regional patterns tied by local masters. This book is an invaluable reference work for all anglers in Ireland, whether locals or visitors.

Author: Peter O’Reilly Photographer: Terry Griffiths ISBN: 978 1 873674 19 2 Published: November 1995 Latest edition: June 2004 Format: 246 x 189 mm Binding: Hardback No. of pages: 176 40 colour photographs

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IRISH MAYFLIES A fly-fishers guide By Patsy Deery

Patsy Deery has over fifty years experience of fishing Ireland’s loughs and rivers. This is the result of his search for fly patterns which have accounted for substantial numbers of fish.

The Mayfly is the stuff of myth and legend far beyond the shores of Ireland, where it has acquired a virtual cult status.

Anglers who don’t bother too much for the rest of the year, are galvanised into action for the few weeks when the “fly is up”. Fly fishers travel from across the world to experience the natural phenomenon occurring within the Emerald Isle, which is difficult to explain to those mere mortals who have never held a rod and line, let alone fished the Mayfly. All share the wonderment and awe of the profuse hatches, and the lows of days when a cold wind blows from the East, and defies any fly to venture from its nymphal shuck. But as anglers everywhere know, tomorrow could be the day……the day of the spectacular hatch the massive spinner fall in the evening, when leviathans rise from the deep…….. and fall to a well assembled fly. This collection of Mayfly patterns, all illustrated with the photography of Terry Griffiths, has been compiled and gathered together over a number of years by Patsy Deery. He has gone to the grass roots of Irish tyers in his search for working patterns. There is more than enough in this comprehensive guide to provide inspiration to anyone planning to fish the waters of Ireland. It will also excite and gladden those who wish away the months until it is time to pack a bag and take some sun on their back, and fish the Mayfly…… ———————————————————— Good colour photographs of flies tied by Frankie McPhillips and photographed by Henrik Tornquist with Henrik Strandgaard.  The author discusses and illustrates Irish flies and methods of tying and adds his thoughts on other aspects of Irish flyfishing. Good clear instructions on tying flies and chosing materials.  There are chapters on his drifting drogue anchor, and on a box for live natural mayflies. He discusses the work of T.J. (Tommy) Hanna and a number of Hanna’s articles from the 1930s and 40s are reprinted. Also included is a selection of typed letters from G.E.M. Skues to Hanna which are reproduced photographically. Large hardback bound in yellow cloth with dust jacket • 227 pages • Many colour photo plates of flies • Black & white illustrations by Aideen Canning —————————————————–