Alert!  Invasive Pacific Pink (Humpback) Salmon in Ireland

Alert! Invasive Pacific Pink (Humpback) Salmon in Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has issued an alert for any sightings of Pacific Pink Salmon in Irish Waterways.

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Sponsor the Irish U20 Coarse Angling Team & WIN a Trailer of Wood

Sponsor the Irish U20 Coarse Angling Team & WIN a Trailer of Wood

We are proud & delighted that our very own Donagh McSherry has made the Irish U20 Coarse Angling Team for the 2nd year running.

The team will be travelling to the World Championships in Portugal in August.  Unfortunately, only a small proportion of their costs are covered, so the lads need sponsorship (of which we are one), plus looking for any donations - no matter how small - to contribute towards the considerable costs involved in sending the team to represent their country.


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The Mayfly - Born, Mate, Die - All In The Same Day!

The Mayfly - Born, Mate, Die - All In The Same Day!

Now that we're in Mayfly season, takes a quick look at the life cycle of this fascinating creature

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FAQ: Choosing Sunglasses - Which Colour Lens?

FAQ: Choosing Sunglasses - Which Colour Lens?

One of the most frequent questions we at get asked is “What’s the difference between the different lens colours?”, followed by “Does it make any difference what pair I choose?”  So we thought we’d try to answer these questions – hope you find it interesting!

Sunglasses are an essential accessory for protecting our eyes from the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays. However, not all sunglasses are created equal, and choosing the right pair is crucial to maximise their effectiveness in different light conditions and activities.

But before we start talking lens colours, can we take a minute to bang on about polarisation?  We only ever stock Polarised Sunglasses here at – for the simple reason that they are the single most effective way to cut glare, improve colour contrast and depth perception, and reduce eye-strain from squinting.  They work by blocking horizontally-polarised light, which is the main source of sun-glare and as such are ideal for outdoor sporting activities (fishing, hunting, boating, skiing), but also farming, golf, driving, etc.  You’ll see sunglasses for sale all over the place every summer – in our humble opinion, if the swing-tag doesn’t specify “polarised”, then don’t bother wasting your money! 

Now, onto lens colours.  Believe it or not, the colour of your lenses is more than just a question of looks, fashion or personal taste.  Each colour works best in different light and weather conditions, so we’ll go through these now: 

Brown/Amber Lenses
Brown/Amber lenses improve contrast, making them ideal for fishing, as well as hunting, driving, farming, horse racing, golfing or boating, as they heighten contrast against water, green landscapes or blue skies.  At, Brown/Amber tends to be our best-selling lens colour.

Brown Lens Polarised Sunglasses with brown frame

Black Lenses
Black lenses are also very popular, as they have that cool, classic look.  They are ideal for very sunny conditions and provide the highest level of shade, making them ideal for people whose eyes are super-sensitive to very bright light.  They work for a wide range of activities, from driving and cycling to beach trips and outdoor sports. However, it is worth noting that black lenses may not be suitable for low-light conditions, as they can make it difficult to see in darker environments. 

Polarised Sunglasses with Black Frame & Black Lens

Grey/Smoke Lenses
Grey lenses are suitable for both cloudy and sunny days.  Dark enough to provide good protection from glare, grey lenses also provide the best colour-perception of all the lens colours, making them the ideal choice for nature watchers, but also great for a whole range of outdoor activities, including driving, tennis, football, soccer, etc.

Polarised Sunglasses Black Frame Grey Lens

Blue Lenses
Blue tinted lenses enhance contours around objects and improve overall colour perception, while also bringing a calming effect on the eyes.   They are ideal for snowy conditions, water sports or sunny outdoor sports (practitioners or spectators), as they cut glare significantly.  Blue are also good in low-light, misty, foggy and snowy conditions.

Polarised Sunglasses Blue Lens Black Frame

Yellow Lenses
Yellow lenses, as well as looking distinctive, are particularly suitable to those wishing to focus on moving objects in low-light, hazy weather conditions.  They are often used by pilots, cyclists, mountain bikers, as well as skiers, hunters and tennis players.  Like Blue lenses, this shade is particularly useful in fog, haze and other lower-light conditions, as it provides superior contrast.

So, hopefully you have all of the information you need to make the best choice for your activity and likely weather/light conditions!  Be sure to take a look at our great range of Polarised Sunglasses, which come in a range of lens colours and are ideal for any activity you may get up to this summer.

Enjoy the summer, whatever you get up to!

Kevin & Loraine

FAQ - Dapping for Trout in Ireland

FAQ - Dapping for Trout in Ireland

Dapping is a fly-fishing technique that allows only the fly (not the leader or tippet) to gently touch the surface of the water.  It is considered to be one of the oldest forms of fly-fishing, first described in The Compleat Angler in 1653.

It is a skilful, effective and targetted method of catching trout, as it allows you to present the fly in an almost-perfect imitation of how flies naturally land on the surface of the water, often jumping off and landing again and again.  It is often thought to be the ideal way to catch larger, smarter and warier brown trout.  In Ireland, dapping is done primarily in lakeboats, with the boat set and allowed to drift along, kept in position with the oar.  It is also a useful technique on rivers, over river pools and in conditions with thick cover or banks that make back casting difficult.

How to dapp successfully:

  • Stay out of but close to the water and do your best to minimise your movements. 
  • Make sure your line is reeled in, with only a small section of your leader & tippet out. 
  • Slowly extend your rod, dangling it over the area you believe (or know) the fish are in. 
  • Keep observing, while you slowly lower your fly until it is barely touching the water surface. 
  • If there is no wind, lightly move your rod, so the fly gently bounces off the water. 
  • When the trout takes the fly, wait a moment before setting the hook.

What Tackle Do I Need?

Dapping can be done with any Dry Fly and Floatant, or indeed a real live fly on a a small hook (Size 8 would do very nicely).  To know which fly you should use, simply observe what's buzzing around at the present time. 

For lake dapping, you'll ideally need a specially-designed Dapping Rod - a long telescopic pole-type rod, usually around 5m in length.  If dapping in a river area with overhanging trees and cover, you'll need a shorter rod so as not to tangle with the vegetation. 

Any standard Trout Fly Reel will do the trick or you can even use a Spinning Reel.

Check out our Dapping Tackle Collection, where we have grouped together all the gear you will need to try out this technique.

And - like any angling method - Dapping takes time, patience and not a little practise, but it's a really great one to try. 

Let us know how you get on!


Shannon Boat Hire - Guided Fishing Tours - Fishing Lessons

Shannon Boat Hire - Guided Fishing Tours - Fishing Lessons

Lake Boat Hire - Guided Fishing Tours - Fishing Lessons on Lough Derg Co. Tipperary with's own professional pike angler, Patrick Rottmaier of Shannon Boat Hire

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Loose Trout Flies - 20% OFF When You Spend €100

Loose Trout Flies - 20% OFF When You Spend €100


MASSIVE selection of tried-and-tested Trout Flies available for you to buy individually, on a Pick & Mix basis.  Over 250 specially selected patterns to choose from, in hook sizes 14-12-10. 

Take a look at the collection here
Pick your favourites & SAVE 20% when you spend €100 on this collection (discount taken automatically at Checkout)
**Sold Online Only** - make your selection Online & choose Delivery or Local Pick-Up & we'll have them ready for you.
Kevin McSherry
April 2023
Donagh Representing Ireland Again!

Donagh Representing Ireland Again!

📯 Delighted to announce that our very own Donagh McSherry will once again be representing Ireland on the Coarse Angling Ireland NCFFI U20 Team at the FIPse World Youth Angling Championships in Portugal this August!

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Pike Fishing Accessories - The Must-Haves

Pike Fishing Accessories - The Must-Haves

We get a lot of questions about the absolute essentials needed for Pike Fishing & the measures to be taken to ensure your own safety when handling these beasts - and, as importantly, the safety of your prized catch.

While on the bank recently, doing a bit of pole fishing, we met a family whose boy had hooked a good pike of around 9lb, but had no equipment to safely land, unhook and release the fish.  We had to step in to show them what to do and loan them some equipment - we are happy to report that the pike swam away safe and unharmed, and it was great to see smiles all round!

When pike fishing with deadbaits or lures, there are a few items that make catching and releasing a safe and easy experience for human and fish.  We have included links to recommended products (click on the paragraph headers, or search for them using the Search bar on our website).

Unhooking Mat
These padded mats are lightweight, so no burden to carry, and are designed to allow you to safely unhook fish away from hard ground and/or sharp rocks.  An absolute must for fish welfare. Click here to see our selection.

Landing Net with Handle
A large, strong net with a suitable handle is essential for safely landing fish from all types of banks and boats.  It is much safer to net a fish than to try swinging or beaching it.  Make sure the net is wide and deep enough to comfortably hold a large fish, and strong enough to support its weight.  Net with rubber-coasted mesh are not essential, but they are more fish-friendly and can also be useful to prevent your hooks getting tangled in the mesh, causing a mess.  See our extensive selection here
Long-Nose Pliers/Forceps
Forceps or pliers are probably one of the most important pieces of kit in your pike angling armoury.  These are used to remove hooks from the mouths of pike, and prevent your fingers from getting nasty cuts.  A wire cutters is also a handy thing to have, and some pliers come with a wire cutting function, ideal for cutting hooks if they get stuck in your clothing, bags, etc.  See our extensive range here.

Strong, suitable Line and Wire Trace
Having a good quality line in correct weight, bolstered by the addition of strong wire trace will prevent the pike biting off the line and heading off with the hook still in its mouth.


Landing Your Pike
When fishing, be sure to keep your gear (particularly your Net, Unhooking Mat and Pliers) close to hand so that you can quickly land and unhook your pike with the minimum of delay and/or fumbling.

Unhooking Your Pike
When you have landed your pike, place it on the mat and kneel over it, placing the fish in the gap between your knees (but not touching or squeezing it with your legs).  Carefully grip the pike by slipping your fingers between the gills and gill plates, and clamping your thumb on the outside.  Be careful of hooks and teeth!  Now, use the pliers to remove the hooks.

If weighing the fish, do so quickly in a damp Weigh Sling.

Before release, either rest the fish back in the net or hold it in the water, swaying it back and forth, until it is ready to take off.

And there we have it!  The very best of luck with the season.  We'd love to see photos of your catch, so please share any with us on our Facebook page 

Tight lines!
Patrick & Donagh

Updated April 2023