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Hello everyone from all of us in APGAI Ireland. What a strange year it’s been! Our members have been severely constrained in their ability to offer tuition in both casting and fly dressing since the lockdown, due to obvious social distancing restrictions. However, All of us in APGAI Ireland are still available for advice and hopefully you can find a member close you though our website at: https://apgai-ireland.ie

And now we’re missing the highlight of the year – The Irish Fly Fair! The APGAI Ireland Fly Dressing Team who organise the Youth Fly Dressing Competition are really sad that we won’t get to see how our next generation of fly dressers are coming along – normally we would meet many of the young people who competed last year returning to show us their skills and it’s often astounding to see the progress and improvements they’ve made. All we can advise is ‘Keep at it!’ and hopefully we’ll see you again in 2021.

The Junior Fly Dressing Competition sponsored by Veniard a the Galway Bay Hotel 2019

Personally, I’ve had a low-key season – a few brownies from local rivers and now looking forward to some pike fly-fishing over the winter. I love tying those big pike lures – no rules or recipes and the bigger the better!

I’ve also developed a new obsession over the summer – mullet on the fly. If you want to explore The Dark Side, do have a go at this. It seems so simple – you can see them, you can cover them but often, you’re completely ignored. Then one day – WHAM! You’re suddenly attached to a steam train. It’s a weird mix of frustration and excitement. Small #14 shrimp patterns have worked well for me this year but there’s no guarantee with that!

Arthur Greenwood - apgai-ireland at The Virtual Irish Fly Fair 2020

So, let’s hope that we can all meet up again next year and enjoy the craic at The Irish Fly Fair.

Keep tying, keep fishing and above all, keep safe.

Arthur Greenwood


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