The Launch of the Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre

On Friday 20th November 2009 members of the angling media and a cross section of the angling fraternity ascended on the Dargle valley for the launch of the Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre. To mark the launch of this new premier rainbow trout fishery which can only be described as an angling paradise, the media and anglers were treated to casting demonstrations and a fly casting master class by the world famous author and casting instructor, Peter O’Reilly.

The day started with a warm welcome from Hugh Duff, owner and fishery manager of Tinnahinch, and after tea and coffee Peter O’Reilly gave a very informative presentation on the principles of casting followed by a single handed casting demonstration on the green area in front of the fishing lodge. It is always a joy to watching casting perfection and Peter is gifted with the skills and techniques and the ability to pass on his knowledge with great humility. Following the single handed demonstration on the green area the guests assembled on a bank of the lake where Peter demonstrated double handed casting techniques. During the demonstration Peter talked the guests through the single ‘Spey’ cast, the ‘snap tea’ and ‘snake roll’. Peter also explained why these casts are beneficial for the salmon angler and gave great tips for both the novice and experienced angler wishing to improve.

After the casting demonstration, everyone in attendance returned to the beautiful Scandinavian log cabin for a magnificent five star lunch generously sponsored by the Ritz Carlton hotel which included tender lamb, lemon sole and asparagus that was grown locally in Augrium. After lunch Derek Davis, well known angler and celebrity and food connoisseur gave a wonderful and very entertaining speech which he gave credit to chefs at the Ritz Carlton who had prepared and cooked the beautiful meal, he also spoke his experience of fishing at Tinnahinch and told all the anglers present they would need strong ‘leaders’ as the rainbow trout in the Spring fed limestone lake were very powerful and of a very high quality. Derek Davis the officially declared the Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre opened!

In keeping with the itinerary, after lunch all present went out for an afternoon fishing. Over the next two hours some fantastic fishing was had with double figured rainbows being landed. Everyone commented about the power and vigour in the fight of the rainbows. One or two anglers were even broken. The day finished back in the lodge where Hugh Duff thanked the Ritz Carlton, Peter O’Reilly, Derek Davis and all present for supporting him in launching this new fishery. Hugh made a presentation to Peter O’Reilly and paid as special tribute to Josie Mahon and Des Chew of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board for all the hard work in support which they gave in organising the event. Josie Mahon, Inspector with the Fisheries Board, said a few words and commented that the Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre was a great asset to angling the Eastern region. Josie wished Hugh Duff every success with this venture and then she made a presentation to Peter O’Reilly and thanked Peter for giving his time and expertise.


About the Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre

The Tinnahinch Fly Fishing Centre is situated in the Dargle Valley forms part of the Henry Grattan Estate. This historic estate was once owned parlimenatarian, Henry Grattan and the river Dargle runs through it. It is situated one mile from Enniskerry and half a mile southbound from the Powerscourt Estate. The lake is set in a quiet mature wooded valley, the lake is spring fed and comprises of four acres of cystal clear water well laid out with five islands, peninsulas and coves. The fish are hard fightings, fully finned rainbow trout many of which are over 12lb in weight.

There is a separate junior pool and tuition in fly casting is available all year round. There is a large log built club house which is approached by a tree line avenue which accomdates a recpeiton room, a tackle shop and bar. Views from the decking overlook the lake and are spectacular.

Fishing is by appointment with Hugh Duff, proprieter, telephone 01 2766 089

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