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Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)

Hi,

John Howell who has managed the forum for years is getting on and wishes to retire from the role of managing it.
Over the years, he has managed the forum through good days and bad days and he has always been fair.
He has managed to bring his passion for fish keeping to the forum and keep it going for so long.

I wish to thank John for his hard work in keeping the forum going.

With John wishing to "retire" from the role of managing the forum and the forum receiving very little traffic, I think we must agree that forum has come to a natural conclusion and it's time to put it to rest.

I am proposing that the forum be made read-only from March 2022 onwards and that no new users or content be created. The website is still registered for several more years, so the content will still be accessible but no new topics or replies will be allowed.

If there is interest from the ITFS or other fish keeping clubs, we may redirect traffic to them or to a Facebook group but will not actively manage it.

I'd like to thank everyone over the years who helped with forum, posted a reply, started a new topic, ask a question and helped a newbie in fish keeping. And thank you to the sponsors who helped us along the away. Hopefully it made the hobby stronger.

I'd especially like to thank John Howell and Valerie Rousseau for all of their contributions, without them the forum would have never been has successful.

Thank you
Darragh Sherwin

Fly fishing season begins 25th february Cloghan Lake

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03 Feb 2017 00:11 #1 by irish-zx10r (James feenan)
For anyone that is brave enough to stick the cold the first day of this year fly fishing starts on 25th of this month hopefully i wet a line this year last year was a poor one for me with very little time for fishing with three young kids on the go all the time.
here is a quite good video for the lake for those of you that never seen the place

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03 Feb 2017 18:18 #2 by JohnH (John)
You oughtn't to have posted this, James - now I'm sorting through my fly-tying equipment!

Only just over three weeks to go then...

Hope it warms up a bit between now and then.

John

ps nice little video.

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N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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03 Feb 2017 20:37 #3 by irish-zx10r (James feenan)
i was up there last week pulling sticks out of the water and it was very cold as can be expected but this time there is the log cabin for lots of tea or coffee all we need is for someone to bring something nice to eat

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03 Feb 2017 21:23 #4 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Quite likely I'll be up for a days fishing very soon, but I'm not sure it'll be the 25th! Even if I don't use them to keep me dry, I'll wear the chest waders to keep me warm! Going to try get out a few more times this year than I did last year!

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03 Feb 2017 22:16 #5 by JohnH (John)
Yes, you and me both! - I don't think I went out at all last year!
I think my last time out was the day I met you there.

I have great plans to fish a lot (when/if the weather breaks) if there were any Pike left in the Grand Canal out this way I'd have a go for those too - bloody fishmongers have them all taken, along with most other fish as well.

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04 Feb 2017 02:35 #6 by irish-zx10r (James feenan)
we will have to arrange a day to meetup if the 25 does not suit what other date would forum members like?

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04 Feb 2017 12:45 #7 by Bill (Bill Hunter)
Looks great, wish I could afford to replace all my fly-fishing gear. The video has stirred up those feelings that never really leave a fisher. A bit like keeping aquarium fish.

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04 Feb 2017 13:01 #8 by hammie (Neil Hammerton)
Think the last time I looked at my gear was this time last year! Had 2 days fishing in the local river with my boy last year! That was it..... going to have to replace my fly lines before I go anywhere! I'd love to see a few more than just me James and John going out!
Maybe even encourage someone to come along that's not got any gear any more! I'm sure between us we will have enough gear to get you casting again for the day

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04 Feb 2017 15:58 - 04 Feb 2017 15:59 #9 by JohnH (John)
I'm positive we will have - one stipulation, the 'cost' of tackle loan is cakes all round (to be washed down with James' coffee or tea!)...

:evil: :evil: :evil:

:whistle: :whistle: :whistle:

Location:
N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.


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It's a long way to Tipperary.
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04 Feb 2017 18:00 #10 by Jonlate (Jon Late)
What sort of price do they charge to fish there? Do you need a rod license?
Is there any clothes or shoe shops for the other half to look around!

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04 Feb 2017 18:13 #11 by JohnH (John)
Not sure what the ticket price is for this year - maybe James will tell you later.
Tickets have to be bought in the Spar petrol station in the village beforehand.

Tullamore is probably the closest town to the lake - plenty of shops there, maybe ten miles (as the proverbial crow flies).

John

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04 Feb 2017 18:15 #12 by irish-zx10r (James feenan)
€15 for non member per day
€40 for membership per year
€8 per day for member

Local town Athlone , Tullamore and Birr it be up to the other half to spend few hours of shopping since most of these places are 30 minutes away from the lake just make sure you leave her the credit card lol

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