On Saturday April 29th Waterford Senior hurling manager Derek McGrath opened Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association’s new harbour complex at Knockaderry reservoir near Kilmeaden Co Waterford.
These modern facilities include a safe harbour with mooring for fourteen boats, club house, canteen, toilets and a mooring for a wheelchair boat. The car park and surrounds have been landscaped and made accessible to people with disabilities. Waterford LEADER, Inland Fisheries Ireland, and the club, co-funded these developments.
Claire Connors of Waterford LEADER praised the development and Suzanne Campion of Inland Fisheries Ireland was delighted to hear of the numbers of visitors that the development has brought to the area. John O’Leary, Chairman of the Comeragh Council said that developments like this, together with the opening ofthe Waterford Greenway and the Copper Coast area project would put East Waterford on the map.
Michael Sheehan, on behalf of the club, used this opportunity to present the Nadine Cancer Trust Fund with a cheque for circa €3000 euro. Over the last three years the Club has raised €18,000 euro for charity. Mary Quigley, representing Waterford Council, talking with Gary Falconer, the architect for the development, thought that this project should help to bring more people into the countryside.
Some well-known anglers were out fishing on the day including Dr Ken Whelan fish expert and author. Club member Jason O’Riordan guided ex Waterford senior hurlers Tony Brown and Brian Green who caught and released several trout up to 4 lbs in weight. All of the anglers said they could not wait to come back again for some more fabulous fishing.
The Club will be holding a charity fly fishing competition on Knockaderry Lake on Saturday April 2nd. The competition is in aid of Nadine’s Cancer Battle Trust Fund. See the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/nadinescancerbattle
The Club had a stand at the Irish Fly Fair at Salthill, Galway last weekend. It was a fantastic event and great tribute must go to Stevie Munn and his organizing team. Anything to do with the art of fly dressing and the sport of fly fishing seemed to be available. We would like to thank everyone who called to see us and the stand and it was fantastic to see such interest in our fishery.
Last Saturday the Knockaderry Cup was held and a total of 44 trout were landed with the largest trout being 64cm (caught by Kevin Lafford). That’s a cracking fish!
The top rods on the day were:
Barry Healy (7 fish)
Paul Owens (5 fish)
Michael Twohig (4 fish)
Feedback from the competitors was very positive and a massive well done to all who took part and also those who worked very hard organising the event (Dunbulogue and District Anglers, Mike Drinan and Michael Sheehan).
Prizes were sponsored by:
Soldarini Fly Tackle, Hanak Fly Tackle, Airflo, Tony O’Sullivan, Seamus Butler, Michael Twohig, Sean O’Keefe, John Drinan, Ballyduff Bridge Fisheries (Maurice Cahill), and Clonanav.
Our club hosted the TAFI Munster Bank Competition last Saturday at Carrigavantry. Fishing was tough with little wind and bright sunshine.
However some quality fish were hooked and landed, with the largest being a rainbow of 52cm. Some 17 competitors took part in the competition.
The eventual winner was Paul Hanley (right) who was presented with his prize by Club Chairman Tom Connolly (left). Well done Paul.
The top 6 rods qualified for the Inter Provincial Team. These were as follows:
Our next competition is the Knockaderry Cup which will also be held at Carrigavantry this year. There is still a chance to enter this fantastic competition. Details are available the Competitions section of our website.