16 Jul 2011
Bandon, Ilen, Argideen 6
After the quick and dirty Ilen flood had abated I enjoyed a splendid evening on the Ilen upstream of Ballyhilty Bridge. The sea-trout I encountered were all finnock, but a good run was going through - and to my delight, I was also surprised by an otter, which was fishing the top of the same pool. At one point in the small hours, the creature swam downstream, took its head out of the water, caught sight of me, and gave a weary, resigned sort of watery sigh before vanishing again upstream. A lovely moment. I wondered in fact whether the activities of the otter would have disconcerted the sea-trout. Not a bit of it, apparently: I got two more finnock moments after the otter-encounter.