16 Jul 2011
Bandon, Ilen, Argideen 4
The River Ilen, near Skibbereen, has a national reputation as a salmon river, but also has a good local reputation as a sea-trout stream. Fishing is offered by the local club (www.riverilenanglersclub.ie). Access for the fly-rod can be difficult - there is much greenery - but it's worthwhile doing some extended reconnaisance, since the results can be very worthwhile. I thoroughly enjoyed fishing the river, and was surprised one night with a small bag of modest sea-trout which took standard patterns readily (Teal, Blue and Silver and/or Black/yellow Muddler, on 10 or 12 hooks).