Irish Trout Fishermen’s Federation against new regulation
Submissions for consultation on a draft regulation on designated salmonid waters, proposed by the Department of the Environment, closed on August 20, 2021.
A submission by the Irish Trout Fishermen’s Federation (Tafi) opposes the new proposal.
Tafi says the regulation “cannot propose to be a designation of the lakes proposed in the schedule of the Designated Salmonid Water Regulation because it does nothing to improve the salmonid species in those waters.”
The federation adds: “In certain circumstances, it is not inconceivable that this will alter the status of salmonids in these lakes. The well-established legal principle of bag integrity [Special Area of Conservation] as defined in the Habitats Directive cannot be compromised by this regulation.
“Once again, Tafi is in complete disagreement with the government responsible for protecting these waters, a government that has voluntarily committed to the government’s agenda to designate these lakes as salmonid waters only.
“Tafi has no choice but to oppose this regulation by all legal means because it is nothing more than a blatant attempt to introduce a model of mixed stock fishing in these waters and a decommissioning of Ireland’s special areas of conservation. “
Lough Lein session
I took advantage of a family reunion in Killarney last weekend for a morning on Lough Lein (Leane) with my fellow fisherman Cyril Boggins. We met in the parking lot next to Ross Castle at 9am where, surprisingly, the area was a hive of activity with anglers.
“There are three local club competitions taking place here today. It’s important to start early before tourists converge on this historic landmark, ”said Boggins.
Stopping and looking over the canal bridge leading to the castle grounds is a sight to behold. Over 100 lake boats are moored securely along both sides of the canal with easy access to the main lake. Moorings here are extremely difficult to find. In most cases, they are passed down through the family over several decades.
Lough Lein is basically divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Lakes. Depending on which lake is preferred determines which end of the channel access can be reached. In our case, we opted for the upper lake.
“The trout here prefer cloud cover and a light breeze, and conditions today look very promising,” said Boggins. Our tackle gear consisted of a midline with sizes 12s Sooty Olive, Kate McClaren and Octopus.
Before I had my cast ready, Boggins was playing his first fish. Over the next three hours, we encountered fish after fish, culminating in eight counters and at least 10 undersized plus numerous “follow-ups”. It was a memorable day and one that I will remember for a long time.
My thanks to Boggins for these wonderful few hours on this beautiful lake. As an avid fisherman he moved from Dublin to Killarney in 1970 and has never looked back. Fully qualified as a chef at many local hotels and restaurants, he now plays guitar and sings every night at Dunloe Lodge in town.
From a family perspective, we enjoyed the Killarney Water Bus Tour on the lake. The cruise took us along Innisfallen Island in the hopes of seeing some of the recently released white tailed eagles.
“They were feeding here yesterday so everyone could see [but]unfortunately there is no sign of it today, ”said skipper John Byrnes.
All three lakes are dotted with islands, one of them is called Mouse Island or sometimes called Honeymoon Island as there is only room for two people! said Byrnes.
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