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.
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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
Published by Ken
Smith Publishing Ltd. 1 april 2007
Since his early childhood in Co.
Cavan in 1950, Patsy Deery's fishing career has spanned over 50
years. He has represented Ulster and the Ireland National team on a
number of occasions and was selected to captain Ireland in 2002. A
member of the Ireland team in 2oo6, Patsy continues his involvement
on a national basis by tying flies for the Irish Youth team and
assisting with coaching. For some years he has been PRO for the
Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association, a member of the National
Executive, and also serves on the committee of Ulster Fly Fishing
After initially tying
flies on a self taught basis, he was given further instruction by
Cecil Reid of Sligo, a brilliant small dry fly specialist. He was
also befriended by Mr J R (Dick) Harris of An Angler's Entomology
fame, who was always ready to give Patsy advice on tying difficult
patterns, and help in locating materials which were not as readily
available as they are today.
With contributions to Flydresser, the Journal of The Fly Dressers'
Guild and Fly Fishing and Fly Tying magazine, Patsy has also shared
his enthusiasm and knowledge of the sport with fly tying tuition at
clubs and schools for over 20 years. This book, which has taken a
number of years to compile, is a continuation of that enthusiasm.
TERRY GRIFFITHs has tied flies both
as an amateur and professional for 55 of his many years. Some of his
innovative tyings have stood the test of time and have become
classics of their kind over 35 years. He is the current editor of
Flydresser, the Journal of the Flydressers' Guild, a position he has
held for the last ten years. Known for his uncompromising honesty in
terms of review and consultancy tasks, he has collaborated with many
periodicals and publishers on an editorial, design and photographic
basis for over 35 years. It was inevitable that his art background
would lead him into the creative photography that he has become
renowned for. The photographs of the Mayfly naturals, and the
patterns, contained in this book are testament to his skills.
Over time Terry's fishing has come
full circle, from roots steeped in river fishing in North Wales, to
the inevitable stillwater scene in its many guises, and now back to
river fishing in the south of England. He bemoans the apparent loss
of some of the core skills in both fishing and fly-tying, but
continues to strive to promote good practice in both.