Come & meet members of Wicklow's local Vartry Angling Club & try your hand at the heritage skill of fly tying
WHEN : Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th May, 12-5pm daily
WHERE : Festival Site @ Abbey Grounds, Abbey Street
Fly tying is a common practice in fly fishing, considered by many anglers an important part of the fly fishing experience. Many fly fishers tie their own flies, either following patterns in books, natural insect examples, or using their own imagination. Fly tying is a bit of an art that requires you to tie an assortment of materials such as feathers, furs, fluffs, hairs, threads, or any of very many other materials, in a particular pattern and manner that makes them resemble a type of fly. The possibilities are endless through different combinations and it's all about the presentation of the fly and how you mimic its movement through the water upon your cast and retrieval, that will lead you to become a good fisherman.
Did you know ... The first literary reference to flies and fishing with flies was in Ælian’s Natural History probably written about 200 A.D.
The 1652 4th edition of John Dennys's The Secrets of Angling , first published in 1613, contains the first known illustration of an artificial fly.
Right : Illustration plate of artificial flies from Bowlker's 'Art of Angling' (1854)
Vartry Angling Club was set up in 1984, in the backdrop to Wicklow town at the Ashtown reservoir near the Wicklow rugby club, and has been promoting fly-fishing ever since. The woodlands surrounding the reservoir provides for an abundance of natural food, maintaining a stock of healthy fish. The club promotes an all-inclusive and friendly attitude with fly tying events, social events, barbeques, competitions and open events to members and the general public. With a plethora of experience, members are happy to advise any budding fishermen, share their passion and help you enjoy fly-fishing too. Facilities at the stocked private fishery include parking, picnic tables and maintained walkways around the reservoir through the adjoining woods. The facilities and fishery are maintained on a voluntary basis by the club. wicklowfishing.ie