Guests and Timetable of Events

Elaine Munn

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Elaine Munn

For as long as I can remember there was always something fishy going on in our house, my Dad was an avid fisherman and fly tyer. Some of you might know me from The Irish Fly Fair in Galway, I became involved with this show, working to help my brother Stevie, trying to make the Irish Fly Fair a success. Using my experience as an IT Lecturer I maintain and build the website, promote online and help anywhere I can. I started going to the show every November to work and I became fascinated with the marvellous fly tyers, their talent and their passion for this fantastic craft. 

A few weeks after the 2016 event a parcel arrived from Scottish Fly Tyer Brian Burnett, he had sent me a present of a Vise, feathers, hooks, tools and instructions, everything I needed to start tying flies. It was like Christmas. I started lessons at Straid Fishery and I have not looked back. APGAI instructor Arthur Greenwood gave me my first lessons and got me started, Trevor Greene & Joe Stitt have continued the lessons, they are both fantastic fly tyers, great teachers and very patient. I am hooked!! I am obsessed!! I love tying flies!!

Jim Clohessy

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Jim Clohessy

Jim is primarily a sea angler and fishes mainly from boats. Lures, bait, from bass to sharks – Jim chases them all. With over thirty years of angling experience Jim has caught lots of quality fish. “Our sport is changing all the time, it is my aimm to keep up with the changes and bring the best of what is new to Irish anglers from an Irish perspective.”

Each year that Jim attends the Ireland Angling Show his talks and demonstrations are always well received, whatever the subject!

What will he be speaking about this year?
“The plan at the moment is to base a demo around lure fishing but you know yourself, whatever people ask on the day has to be covered too! Whatever happens we will have a craic doing it. I really look forward to the show weekend, people are interested and I love meeting up!” Jim will be at the show on both days, check the schedule for demo times. In the meantime you can keep up with Jim’s activities and articles on Facebook and on www.TopFisher.eu

Hywel Morgan

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Hywel Morgan

Hywel started at local country fairs, then progressed to the CLA Game Fair where for three successive years he won every event. As a result he was asked not to compete any more so that others could have a chance of winning… and all this before he was sixteen years old.
He then turned to the British Casting Association and started to compete at British, European and World casting championships. During this time he amassed the following titles:
¥     World Games Accuracy Casting Champion
¥     European Distance Casting Champion
¥     European Silver Medallist (Accuracy)
¥     14 British casting records
¥     6 times All Round British Champion
¥     Over 100 British Individual titles
¥     World Record holder for multiple casting (66 rods cast simultaneously)Website: www.hywelmorgan.co.uk

Hywel Morgan’s daughters Yasmin and Tanya are regular visitors to the Ireland Angling Show with their demonstrations at the casting pool. Yasmin first stepped onto a demonstration platform at the tender age of 2years and since that day she has been demonstrating with her father all over the UK in Game and Country Fairs. At the age of 13 Yasmin stepped out of his shadow and has competed in casting competitions to gain the title of ‘UK Casting Champion’. She is excited to be coming back over to Ireland and can’t wait to share her skills and enthusiasm with everybody.

Joe McDonald

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Joe McDonald 

Joe has been tying flies for over 50 years and is responsible for flies like the Mourne Gold and many of the shrimp flies that are staples in a lot of fly boxes.

Joe has been there from the beginning of shrimp flies when only natural materials were available and creativity was key. He continued this trend right to the present day inventing many patterns as new materials have become available. The Pearly Grilse is one notable example.

Glenda Powell

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Glenda Powell

Glenda first entered the tuition field in her teens at various still-water trout fisheries in Northern Ireland. In 1993, at the age of 18 she moved to Scotland for three years, where she qualified with SANA (Scottish Anglers National Ass.) as both Salmon & Trout game angling instructor and fished in the Scottish Ladies International Fly-fishing Team.

Since 1997, she has been based at the Blackwater Lodge Salmon Fishery in Upper Ballyduff, County Waterford where she instructs and guides on the Blackwater Lodge Fishery.

In 2004, Glenda became (& indeed still is) the only female to attain the APGAI-Ireland Salmon qualification, followed by the Trout qualification in 2006 

In September, 2006 she became the Emerald World Masters Ladies Salmon Distance Casting Champion. In November 2006, she added the APGAI-Ireland Trout qualification

Glenda is planning to promote fly-fishing on a much broader basis to the younger generation with a programme based on the very successful Fishstart model developed in Scotland on the Tweed. This will be taken to schools and youth organisations. She has already developed and given the first performance of a drama aimed at primary level to familiarise infants with the life cycle of the salmon and the ecology of the river system. Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net
Her adventures with the Loop team: http://looptackledesigneng.wordpress.com/

Frank Moors

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Frank Moors

Frank has been tying flies since the age of sixteen, having started fishing at the age of ten. His early interest in coarse fishing slowly diminished and he became, almost exclusively, a chaser of fish on the fly.

By this time he was regularly visiting northern England and Welsh and Scottish rivers in pursuit of true wild fish. 

Having developed his early tying skills by tying small batches of flies for local shops to help cover those early trips and tackle costs, he soon became known locally, in Cheshire, as an accomplished tyer of, in particular, salmon and sea trout flies. Also at this time he was actively working with the local Fly Dressers Guild and his tying skills were becoming more widely known.

He was soon invited to submit a number of magazine articles, introducing his Blue Alexandra variant, Jungle Cock Elver and the popular Nitro Shrimp – with the name Moors it had to be the Nitro! Frank continues to submit articles to the UK magazines.


Frank now ties regularly at the UK’s major Fly Fairs and has demonstrated his skills in Ireland and the Netherlands where his tube fly tying experience is much sought after.


Known particularly for his salmon and sea trout flies, he also ties great trout, grayling, pike and saltwater patterns and has a growing personal passion for tying classic salmon patterns.


Just recently Frank has taken the time to gain AAPGAI status at the Advanced level in Fly Tying.


After a very short time in Frank’s company you become aware of his relentless wit and humour but more importantly the simplicity of his approach to fly tying, which has been inspirational to many a beginner and advanced tyer.

Aidan Curran

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Aidan Curran 

I first started fishing at the age of 7 for flounder on the Shannon Estuary but it didn’t take me long to discover other species and other Angling disciplines.

These days I mainly only do fly fishing but still fish for all species using a fly rod. If a fish will take a bait it will take a “fly” of some description. Be it coarse, sea or game fish I chase them all with a fly rod and I tie flies that will deceive them.

Fly fishing and fly tying is my life, I’m totally addicted to them. I put a lot of thought into all my flies and I pride myself in tying good quality durable flies that catch fish.

I also drive a bus and assist disabled anglers for the Irish Wheelchair Association Fishing Club which is something I really enjoy doing.

I set up and run a couple of Facebook groups; Fly Fishing For Trout In Irish Rivers and Fly Fishing For Pike Ireland.

Wolly Ireland

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Wolly Ireland

My name is Walter Bayer (my friends call me Wolly), I was born in Nürnberg / Germany in January 1971.

I’m living since August 2006  with my wife and my three Kids in Ireland.

I picked up the fly fishing in May 2007 and the fly tying in December 2007 and since then I can’t get enough of it. I’m fishing the River Boyne around Trim / Ireland as a member of the club. Most time I’m out there for Brown Trout but I also got some nice Pike and Salmon.

I tied my first fly by using a self-made vise (brass-tube with screw to hold the hook) and using things I was able to find around and inside the house. I was studying plenty of websites, YouTube videos and also books to learn a lot about different techniques how to dress a fly and I’m still learning every day.

I’m also a member of the Boyne Valley Fishing Hub. Our aim is to get more youngsters interested into our sport and wildlife conservation. I’m holding fly tying classes for beginners/advanced within the Boyne Valley Fishing Hub.

January 2009 I found a very interesting article in one of my favorite magazines (which sadly went out of print in 2017) about a special way to tie dry flies. There are three crucial characteristics thereby, on the one hand you are not using a “standard” vise and on the other hand the fly is not tied around the hook shank, it’s tied “around” the strings of mono filament fishing line and the hook hangs freely mobile under the fly.

Advantage of this technology is a substantially thinner fly body and the hook swimming under the fly-body serves an unweighted fly-body and makes possible that the fly can follow the given current of water surface more simply in any way. There wasn’t enough information on it in this article so I had to find a way to learn this technique. Finally I got some information on different websites around the world. Combining all these information I found my own way to tie those flies. This technique is based on the technique of the Italiens, Valter and Ennio De Santis, better known as FACOCCHI-BROTHERS.

After 2 Years tying and trying these flies I got the balance and presentation right.

I have used those flies successfully on the river since and caught many nice Brown Trout. A few friends of mine have used these flies also very successfully on Stillwater as well as on rivers round the globe. I’m holding workshops for those who are interested to learn how to tie these fascinating flies.

I have been demonstrating this technique at different shows around Europe. I was also mentioned in Magazines and Books and finally got one fly sent to the Masters Fly Collection that’s bequeathed to the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum USA.

If I’m not behind the vise ore the loom in my free time you will find me in my workshop indulging my other hobby – the woodworking. I love to combine my two hobbies into one by creating fly tying stations, tools, displays, fly boxes and many more things we fly fishing and fly dressing people love to have.

contact :
 outlawflyfisher@gmail.com
Facebook:www.facebook.com/outlawflyfisher

Dean Armstrong

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Dean Armstrong

My name is Dean Armstrong from Omagh in Co Tyrone. I am a Salmon angler and fly dresser. I have been fishing since I was a small boy and tying flies for over 20 years. 

I tie almost entirely large Scandinavian patterns for anglers travelling to Norway, Canada and Russia.  

My flies travel further and wider than I ever will. I am very proud in the knowledge that my flies have accounted for several fish over the magical 50lb mark on the world famous Alta River in Finnmark.

In 2013 an Angler landed the largest Fly caughtNorweigan fish (58lb) on a Green Highlander tied in Ireland.

I am delighted to be attending the Irland Angling Show and will be happy to share the techniques I use for tubes more suited to our Irish spate rivers. Email: dean.armstrong.flies@gmail.com 

Alan Kelly

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Alan Kelly

My Father introduced my brothers and I to the waters edge, at a tender age five. ‘Fishing’ became my obsession, my heart is HOOKED.

I grew up a stones throw away from my local river in north Kilkenny, Ireland, I have not moved! And I still fish these rivers with my Dad and my brothers. It was six years before I held my first ‘Fly Rod’ – This was for me the ‘True’ method of fishing. I was now, a student of nature. Surrounded by hatches… I looked and fell in love with the wonders of form and environment. The Hatches.

‘I started tying flies’ after studying the behaviour of various seasons, the appetite of fish. ‘Life’ on the river’s ‘life’ on the lakes. The birth of nature.

As any ‘Fly Tyer’ would do with the creations on the vice… I matched the hatch as close as possible as I studied the real deal in the palm of my hand. There is a very special feeling when you ‘Strike’ a fish with a fly you have created! When someone reports back that they have success on a fly that you formed… that’s powerful. A smile beckons.

I am forever experimenting with new materials, creating patterns, improvising my tying for rivers and lakes. The results from others have been amazing… and I cherish every report! I do put in the hours on my Vice!

I am currently an Administrator of an exciting Facebook group called ‘Fishbook’ (Ireland) where I post my finished work, demonstration videos and offer advice to thousands of ‘Like- Minded’ members. My partner in this site is Sid Rainey.

We hope to grow the site over the next few years.
But for now…
I hope this short BIO serves as an introduction to what I love.
Fly-fishing, fly-tying and the beauty of an amazing way of life.

Enrico Fantasia

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Enrico Fantasia

I used to play the French horn in the Fenice Orchestra before becoming a chef and running my own restaurant in Venice. Being life always unpredictable, I’m now a wine merchant in Dublin and travel the world working as a private chef to Hollywood stars and European Royals.  

I tried fly fishing on a balmy Spring Sunday of many years ago and I was instantly hooked (and way before I hooked anything else…) and tying my own flies came as a natural succession. I like tying forgotten traditional Irish patterns, as well as experimenting with new design and materials.

Email: grapecircusflies@gmail.com

George Burdess

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George Burdess

Hi everyone!! I’m George Burdess and I’m 22 years old. I have been fly tying for 13 years and fly fishing for 15 years. I am a self-taught fly dresser and began when my uncle introduced me into fly fishing 15 years ago, two years after that I took up fly tying to which my uncle encouraged before passing away in 2009.

I began reading up a lot about fly tying and when the Irish fly fair started I began attending the show each year to which my fly tying blossomed. One of my mentors Stevie Munn who runs the Irish fly fair gave me the opportunity to give tying demos at the 2015 show which I attended. This was the start of what could only be described as the food to my hunger of fly tying.

Since then I have given fly tying demo at shows all over Ireland even tying at the British fly fair and International show 2018! I am a Pro Team member for Irish Fly Supplies as well as Deer Creek, an ambassador for the Wild-Society app, a journalist for The Countryman’s Weekly having my own segment called fly of the month and made my debut in the Fly Fishing & Fly Tying Magazine Oct addition with my Iron Bru pattern.

My area of fly tying ranges from Irish Lough patterns, traditional wets, twisted traditionalist, emerges, lures and river patterns. I look forward to seeing you there!!!