Contents July 2007

07 EDITORIAL
The editor reflects on what makes a successful angler – and wishes he could be one!

08 NEWS AND LETTERS
Bad news on zebra mussels as we hear of the first sighting in the Corrib system.

13 FISH OF THE MONTH
Michelle Fuller from Co Clare puts her husband to shame with a nice pike.

14 IRISH SALMON FLIES COVER STORY
Robert Gillespie looks at stripwing flies, fishing versions of the classics.

20 DINGHY ANGLER COVER STORY
The Clohessys are desperate for a whiting, but can’t seem to find any.

26 RIVER TROUT FISHING
Michael Drinan reveals the secrets of success in fast waters with heavyweight nymphs.

32 BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE
John Buckley reports from an intensive training session for the Irish Youth fly fishing team.

36 INTRODUCTION TO ANGLING
Gardiner Mitchell knows a bit about quiet kids. But he’s no match for the coaches at this Loughs Agency event.

42 A DAY WITH THE DOC COVER STORY
Jim Hendrick takes a young Wexford angler for his first bass session. Will the doctor be able to write a prescription for success?

46 FISH DOCTORS
More readers’ questions answered in the doctor’s surgery.

50 A GUIDE’S DIARY
Tom Doc Sullivan reckons June can be a real bummer on the lough, but he has a few tricks up his sleeve.

55 PIKE RIGS
Matt Dean tells you how to tie another top pike rig.

56 ANYONE FOR TINCA?
Matt Dean gives the Fermanagh pike a rest and turns his attention to tench for a spot of early morning summer sport.

62 SHORE SCENE COVER STORY
Peter McGroary reflects on the lessons learnt from his winter competitions.

67 FIELD TESTS
The Irish Angler teams try out some hot new line and an electric outboard.

72 AROUND IRELAND
Kieran Hanrahan takes you to the Clare coast again, as he heads for Ballyreen.

76 SPECIES FILE
The spotlight shines on the bull huss.

78 SPECIMEN HUNT COVER STORY
Terry Jackson’s after grey mullet as the specimen hunt continues.

85 WHAT’S NEW
More gear that’s caught our eye.

94 A DAY ON THE WATER WITH…
The editor spends a day on Waterford’s reservoirs with David Tantrum.

98 WHY I FISH
Pike angler Keith Wilkinson waxes lyrical.

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