Irish Catch of the Week goes to a first time fly fisherman from Glanmire who landed this 22lb salmon from the Argideen river.
Laurence Fitzpatrick only took up fly fishing about three months ago. He was supposed to fish with some friends on Lough Currane on Saturday, but plans changed and he instead went to the Argideen to see if he could spot a few sea trout.
He decided to fish, paid for his permit and went up past Inchy Bridge where he caught a brace of sea rout to a pound.
Then the hooked something altogether different on a Cascade Shrimp fished on a 8ft 6wt fly rod with 8lb line.
The salmon took him about 35 minutes to land the salmon. Club members weighed the fish at 22lb – it measured over 35 inches long.
The Argideen River in County Cork is primarily regarded as a sea trout fishery. It is jointly managed by Argideen Anglers’ Association and the southwestern Regional Fisheries Board and there are two private stretches that are not let.
The Argideen Anglers control the fishing on the best 2-3 miles of the river, from Timoleague upriver.