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Fishing with Qualified Angling Instructors
On the Famous River Drowes and Lough Melvin

Your Instructors/ Guides
Stevie Munn
G.A.I.A & P.A.G.I.N.
Stephen Kennedy
G.A.I.A & P.A.G.I.N.
Pat Mulholland
A.P.G.A.I. & P.A.G.I.N.

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We offer comprehensive practical guidance on all aspects of fishing for salmon and trout. The 3 day courses can cover river and lake fishing; wet-fly and dry-fly fishing: casting with single-handed and double-handed rods, including Spey-casting, roll-casting and casting into the wind; knot techniques; equipment and a wide range of practical guidance on river-craft, boat management, Fly Tying, related Entomology and general fishing skills, with Stephen, Stevie and Pat.

All courses maximize individual care and attention. After two or three days you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required for a long and successful fly-fishing life. All courses are residential and with accommodation in one of the most beautiful parts or Ireland.

The River Drowes is regarded as one of the premier salmon fisheries in the country and frequently produces the first Salmon of the season on opening day on January 1st. The river is some 5 and half miles in length with over 70 named pools. It has a mix of excellent fly water and slower deeper pools suitable for spinning and bait fishing. The river is very accessible with wooden walkways along much of its bank and good access from roads and bridges.

The drowse flows from Lough Melvin to the sea at Tullaghan. Where the river flows from Lough Melvin, at Lareen Estate we have 10 holiday cottages to cater for the needs of visiting anglers. The cottages range from 2 to 4 bed and can accommodate groups of between 2 and 8 people. Also on the Estate we have an on site, freezing and drying facilities and boats and engines are available for Lough Melvin.

Melvin is rightly famous for its salmon and trout fishing and remains today one of the few examples of a post-glacial salmonid Lough and it is still in a relatively pristine state. The quality of the angling can be extraordinary and it is this, together with the unique fish fauna, the draws and attracts the anglers. The Lough holds salmon char and perch in addition to trout, but it is the trout that are of primary interest to most anglers. It is generally accepted by fishery scientists that there are four genetically distinct races of trout in the Lough. These are brown trout, Ferox trout, Gillaroo trout and Sonaghan trout – each clearly distinguishable by coloration, size and shape. While they may share the same spawning grounds, they do not interbreed and indeed the Ferox trout are found only in one particular river.

Other great fishing opportunities, in the area include, sea trout fishing on the Erne Estuary, pike and coarse fishing on the Cashelard system and Glenade Lake and some of the country’s best deep sea fishing from Mullaghmore and Killybegs.
All the Guides/Instructors are qualified to teach all aspects of fly fishing & casting to both newcomers and to those with more experience. Have been assessed in there ability to offer coaching and guiding at the highest level. They hold full Public Liability Insurance & Basic First Aid, as required by the Joint Angling Governing Bodies.

Stevie Munn and Stephen Kennedy are both proud members of the Hardy Greys Academy, The National Angling Guide Association, and The Game Angling Instructors Association all which comprise of instructors from around the UK and Ireland, who actively promote the best instruction service for anglers wanting to improve their technique; Pat Mulholland is Vice Chairman of A.P.G.A.I. Ireland , The Game Angling Instructors Association and is qualified at all Levels, Salmon and trout, and without doubt is one of the top casting instructors in Ireland.

Hardy Academy Weekends



These courses provide relaxed, friendly tuition tailored to YOUR needs.
taking place throughout coming seasons, please email Shane Gallagher or Stevie Munn to book your place or for more details at or© Elaine Conn
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