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Fergal Collery - Ireland

My name is Fergal Collery. I`m 18 years old and I come from a small little village in county Sligo which is located in the Northwest of Ireland.

Since I was a child, I have always had a keen interest in fishing. I was probably nine when I got my first spinning rod but it wasn’t until later, when I was in my teens that I developed a keen interest in fly-fishing and fly tying.

One day I met a family friend who was an avid fisherman, he explained to me about a salmon fly which he was having a lot of success with. The fly was the Poshtosh. I have always being creative and enjoyed making things and working with my hands so I decided to have a crack at fly tying. Ever since then, I have being tying flies - and that is probably four or five years ago now.

I predominantly tie all salmon flies but I wouldn’t say that I have a favourite fly - I enjoy tying many different styles and variations of patterns and sometimes I like to add my own little twists.  With social media and so many excellent fly tyre’s posting regularly it is a great source of inspiration. I really enjoy going to the shows and demonstrations, as it is a great opportunity to meet people who have an appreciation for the sport and share ideas.
I am very much looking forward to this year’s Irish fly fair, I have been a visitor to the show for the last four years so this year it’s a honour for me to be Invited to tie at this great event. Don’t be afraid to stop by over the weekend and say hello.  Tightlines for the remainder of this season and see you all in November in Galway.

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