A dry Daddy-long-legs pattern (sizes 10-12) is useful throughout the Irish sea-trout season but is particularly effective on freshwater when natural daddies are around in August and September. I fish this one singly during evenings on the river or again singly during flat calms on the lough, though sometimes I'll fish two dry Daddies (or a Daddy and some kind of Hopper) on a flat-calm lough just for the hell of it. Many writers have noted that sea-trout take dry-flies such as the Daddy far better when they're 'dragging', but I prefer the metaphor of 'skimming': the object of moving a dry-fly in the surface, when fishing for sea-trout, isn't to drag the thing about with a potentially fish-scaring wake but simply to twitch it so that it momentarily skims up and then skims to a halt on its hackle tips. Delicacy and subtlety are the watchwords.
This website details some of the angling travels that are currently going into the making of a new book, Irish Sea-trout: Nomads of the Tides (Chris McCully and Ken Whelan, with images by James Sadler, forthcoming from the Medlar Press in 2013). Included here are also fragments of text, musings and speculations, fly-dressings and other material - about kettles, splices, (Irish) angling history and etymology - that we think is interesting. The book will represent not only an operational phase (angling travels in Ireland, 2007-2012) but also the long experience of fishing for Irish sea-trout that the writers share. We hope you enjoy these pages.