Young people enjoy the chance to try angling
A group of young Wicklow people were introduced to trout fishing and angling at a special event hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland recently.
The Sean McMorrow Memorial Trout Fishing Day at Annamoe Fisheries, which was organised by Inland Fisheries Ireland's Dublin Angling Initiative, was attended by 28 participants from Rathdrum National School, St Laurence's National School in Roundwood and both Rathdrum and Roundwood Scouting Groups. Sean McMorrow was a former General Manager of Inland Fisheries Ireland and this event was kindly supported by his family.
The event began with a workshop on water quality and invertebrate testing with Sinead Hurson, Community Water Officer with the Local Authority Waters and Communities Office at Dublin County Council, which gave participants an insight into how water quality affects fish and communities in general.
Fishing lessons from experienced anglers in the Dublin Angling Initiative and the Vartry Angling Club followed with tutoring given in fishing techniques and safe fish handling. Participants practised fly fishing over an action packed morning with most landing several fish. After lunch, the young anglers enjoyed a final hour of fishing and the chance to show off their new found skills.
At the end of the event, the Sean McMorrow Memorial Trophy was presented to Darcy Santos from Rathdrum National School for his effort in landing a fine rainbow trout of over 4lb.
Suzanne Campion from Inland Fisheries Ireland said the day was a great success and a fitting tribute to their former colleague.
Anyone interested in learning more about the Dublin Angling Initiative should contact Oisin Cahill on email@example.com.