EFFORTS to develop angling as a tourism product in Kerry have been stepped up following a series of workshops held aimed at developing angling guides.
World Champion Fly-caster Glenda Powell was by the banks of the River Laune for a six-day series of workshops which were attended by up to 15 potential angling guides. The aim was to provide individuals interested in becoming angling guides with an insight into what is involved and to ensure they get a basic grounding in the main elements of ghilling. Other areas included fishing methods for different species, how to teach fly casting to others, health and safety, first aid and boat handling skills.
Ms Powell said it would be hugely beneficial to have a pool of trained guides available to take visiting anglers out on Kerry's rivers and lakes.
Meanwhile, plans to provide an on-line booking system for angling in Kerry are currently at an advanced stage. A pilot site is expected to be up and running before the end of August, allowing visiting anglers the opportunity to book permits on line before arrriving into Kerry. It will also include information on fishing conditions and catch returns.
While the initial website will only feature game angling, it will eventually be expanded to cover all other branches of the sport.
Moves to promote angling are being driven by the SKDP through the COLLABOR8 project, in conjunction with Fáilte Ireland and Kerry County Council.