Navan Rotary Club and Angling Awareness

The Rotary Club of Navan, in it's role of serving the community, played a major part as the main sponsor, in the recent very successful Angling Awareness Day on the River Boyne promoted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and Navan and District angling Club. The purpose of the event was to create a greater awareness among young people of the benefits and thrills to be had from fly fishing.

The day long programme of events was enjoyed by over 100 deeply interested spectators who attended the illustrated lectures in the Ardboyne Hotel on how to keep safe while fishing, how to match and choose fishing tackle wisely and the skills required to cast a fly with a fly rod. After lunch in the hotel the location changed to the near by River Boyne at Kilcarn Bridge where the assembled audience was treated to a series of fly casting and fishing demonstrations, including wet fly fishing, dry fly fishing tactics, nymph fishing and salmon fishing.

Among the highlights of the day were the salmon Spey casting demonstrations with two handed rod, given by Master fly casting instructor, Peter O'Reilly,a past president of Navan Rotary, who explained some of the 'trade secrets' and showed how to make 100 ft.-plus casts with consummate ease This was followed by a presentation by Eamonn Conway, APGAI-Irl. on the tackle and tactics required for Czech nymphing. Eamonn then took to the water and proceeded to show the assembled audience how it is done by catching and releasing numerous trout to loud applause from the very appreciative and spell bound young spectators.

The day ended with members of the audience being given an opportunity to have a go themselves.

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