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Talks & Forums 2018

This is the undisputed best Game Angling and Fly Tying Show in all of Ireland, not to be missed

Some of the times may change or events may change slightly, more information will be given at the show.


Streamer Fishing for Large Trout - Home and Abroad

Jason O’ Riordan and Ken Whelan

Ireland, New Zealand, US, Chile and the Kola Peninsula
Jason is an expert streamer angler, having perfected the technique over many years of guiding on his local rivers such as the Suir, which holds some very large wild trout. He ties his own streamer flies which are very popular. Ken has streamer fished in many exotic locations around the world with great success.  This exciting talk will be illustrated with a selection of stunning images from some of the world’s key, fly angling destinations.

If you interested in suitable rods, lines and flies for this increasingly popular method of  fishing and how to use them under a wide range of challenging conditions, you cannot afford to miss this informative talk and slide show.
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Jason O’ Riordan
Mackenzie Pro Guide and an IFFF Qualified Fly Casting Instructor

Jason has a lifetime of experience in fishing and guiding on the rivers, lakes and coastline in the area. Jason has given talks on fishing techniques at the leading angling shows in Ireland. Game Fishing Ireland offers guided packages for salmon, river trout, lake trout and saltwater game species. Fishing packages can vary in price depending on the target species and time of year. A typical package can include permits, travel, guiding, and packed lunch. Tackle hire is also available.

: Dungarvan, Co. Waterford.
Telephone: +353 87 2965712

Ken Whelan

GAIA and AAPGAI Qualified Fly Casting Instructor and Marine & Countryside Angling Guide
Ken runs his own fisheries consultancy.  He has been a keen angler since a very young age and has written extensively on angling topics. He has fished in many remote locations throughout the world: New Zealand, Chile, Canada , the US and even the wild, untamed tundra of the Kola Peninsula. Ken has also produced, scripted and presented many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling. He is a regular radio contributor to Mooney Goes Wild on RTE.  Lucky to have weaved his hobby into his job, he is never quite sure whether he is working or enjoying himself!

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: +353 86 7835900             
Skype: ken.whelan2 



Wayne McGee - Owner ATA Lodge, Alagnak Wild River, Bristol Bay, Alaska

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Wayne has been fishing across Alaska for the past 17 years.  It had always been his lifelong dream to run a world class fishing operation on a prolific Alaskan river system.  And that is exactly what you get on the Alagnak River with Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge.  Wayne has fished across the globe from Tiger Fish to Nile Perch in the Congo and Nile Rivers of Africa, to Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout in Norway and Scotland!  He owned a charter boat company based in Senegal, West Africa chasing Blue Marlin, Tuna and Sailfish.  But it is in Alaska, in particular Bristol Bay, and now on the Wild Alagnak River, where you’ll find him sharing his passion for the beauty and  bounty of this very special river with you. 

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Alaska Trophy Adventures Lodge is situated on the remote banks of the wild and scenic Alagnak River and is the perfect wilderness fishing retreat. Boasting a world-famous run of all five species of pacific salmon, the Alagnak is also home to a host of resident fish, such as leopard rainbow trout, arctic char and grayling. This prestigious river is located within the Katmai National Park, with its headwaters in the surrounding mountains and drains into Bristol Bay. It is also famously known as “The Branch River” for its seemingly endless braids, where 10 miles of river can easily contain 30 miles of fishable waters. With such exclusive river access, you are sure not to be bothered by any crowds.



Andrew Hogg - Teaching Maddy & Hill Loch trout fishing in the Highlands

Andrew comes from Ayrshire in Scotland. He has fished since he was a boy and has dangled lines from Ireland to South Africa. He moved to Ireland after graduating with a degree in aquaculture and fisheries management. His main passion is fishing in wild places for wild fish, which led to his Scottish guiding company: Wildside Fishing. Apart from guiding he works as an author, film-maker public speaker and fisheries advisor in Austria, where he currently lives.

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Andrew will talk about the experiences he has had over the years teaching his younger daughter, Maddy, how to fly fish on a very special little river in Austria where they live. Andrew will show a short film that is currently in submission at various international film festivals and is based on the time he spend at the river with Maddy.
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Tom 'Doc' Sullivan - Corrib The Jewel!

Tom 'Doc' Sullivan Corrib The Jewel Irish Fly Fair 2018

Tom  who is an Angling Guide on Lough Corrib along with being the Irish agent for Airflo and Fulling Mill.
Tom's talk is on his beloved Lough Corrib, covering different the various methods for achieving success on it and also looking at the rich history of the Lough partcularly with regards to the fishing and angling tradition.





Alex Jardine - European nymphing styles for trout and grayling 

Alex Jardine - European nymphing styles for trout and grayling 
The term European Nymphing has taken over the fishing world in recent years and it has proved incredibly successful. That said there is lots of confusion what is actually meant by European Nymphing, join Alex as he demonstrates the different styles and where & when to use them.
Alex was raised on a diet of fly fishing and I am pretty sure that Charles Jardine only gave him fly reels to play with instead of toys! Alex has fished for the England Youth Team, representing them at World Championship level over a 4 year period winning a team Bronze and a highest individual finish of 7th in the world. He has travelled extensively, looking after groups of people and guiding them as well as giving numerous casting demonstrations alongside his father. Alex ties flies for the Partridge pro team, is a qualified casting instructor and works for international fishing specialists Aardvark McLeod.


Dragon Valley in Upper Bavaria, Germany – Trout and Grayling.

Saturday, Jonathon Muir
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Jonathon grew up fishing the River Shin in Scotland’s Kyle of Sutherland and landed his first salmon from the river at the age of ten. Salmon fishing remains Jonathon’s first love and he is a regular visitor to the rivers Tay, Spey and Helmsdale.
In addition to fishing all over Scotland, Jonathon has also fished for Atlantic salmon in Russia and Canada and he enjoys trout fishing, particularly on lochs and large reservioirs.

TALK - Dragon Valley in Upper Bavaria, Germany – Trout and Grayling.
A new Farlows Travel exclusive destination, Dragon Valley comprises an impressive 6.5km of fishing on the River Leitzach, nestled amongst the picturesque pine forests and foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Here, crystal blue alpine water flows down from the mountains providing ideal sight-fishing conditions for trout and grayling fishers. Cast dry flies and emergers to rising fish, nymph your way through deeper holes in search of trophy grayling or swing streamers to target the Leitzach’s larger specimens – the choice is yours.
Sunday, Maria Kolotova
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Maria joined the company in 2011 and is the project manager at Farlows Travel with her main focus upon sales, marketing and establishing and maintaining relationships with agents. Maria is also responsible for the management of the Atlantic Salmon Reserve and hosts weeks as camp manager in the lodges on the Rynda and Kharlovka.
Maria fishes for trout and salmon in Russia and dreams of fishing with the Farlows Travel team in the Seychelles one day!
TALK - Atlantic Salmon Reserve in Russia
Russia’s magical Northern Rivers within the Atlantic Salmon Reserve (ASR) include the Kharlovka, Eastern Litza, Rynda and Zolotaya and they are considered by many to be some of the very best Atlantic salmon rivers in the world today.

All of the rivers are intimate and unique in their character and size, ranging from the challenging spring waters of the mighty Kharlovka and Litza to the charming summer pockets and pools of the Rynda and Zolotaya. While the Rynda tends to produce almost as many salmon as the Kharlovka and Litza rivers combined they all have one special quality in common – the Northern Rivers are renowned for their big salmon!

Every season the rivers produce hundreds of big, silver salmon above 20lb. To be precise, over the last two seasons some 18% of the salmon caught were over 20lb. The rivers also produce more than 30 salmon every season that are above 30lb, in addition to a couple of monsters in the 40lb class!
The northern coast of the Kola Peninsula is extremely remote and unspoiled by human intervention and with large, silver salmon on the run from early June through September, the Northern Rivers are a dream adventure for anglers young and old and the ASR with its big fish has captured the imagination of countless fly fishers.

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