CLANE TROUT & SALMON ANGLERS Association,
oNCE AGAIN IT IS MY PLEASURE TO PRESENT THIS YEARS ANNUAL REPORT.
As we look forward to a new angling year it is with sadness that I and
many others look back on 2009.
The beginning of the season saw the sad passing of our Vice President
Harry Smith. Harry was a long standing member of Clane Anglers and in
recent years a valued and enthusiastic member of the committee. He was
an avid angler on both the Liffey and his beloved Mask, I am glad to say
that Harry was catching fish on the river on opening day 1st March 09,
unfortunately this was the last time he was to cast a fly on the liffey.
To try and capture the essence of Harry here as an angler, friend,
husband and father could not do justice to his memory, all I can say is
that those of us who fished with, spent time with and knew him will
understand. Perhaps the most enduring qualities of Harry that will
remain with me were his generosity and humour.
He had a great generosity of spirit and gave of his time and experience
to all whether prince or pauper and asked for nothing in return. He had
a wonderful sense of humour and enjoyed immensely the banter and fun
among fellow anglers. He loved to quiz anglers for nuggets of
information and would then dissect it and come to his own conclusions.
He was a man who knew his own mind, and held dear principles that he
firmly believed in. But above all to me and too many others he was a
great friend and fishing companion and I can still hear him say when
getting ready for a fishing trip "you are better looking at it than for
Harry we will miss you. R.I.P
( tribute by
chairman Terry walsh )
The committee have decided to rename the autunm cup competition in memory of harry smith. it will now be known as the harry smith memorial CUP
a month earlier jack finnan’s brother willie passed away in u.s.a. after a long illness.
in november p.j. wallace of clane also passsed away.
ALSO IN 2009 MEL FITZPATRICK’S MOTHER MARGARET PASSED AWAY.
MAY THEY AND ALL THOSE WHO LOST FAMILY MEMBERS OR FRIENDS last year R.I.P.
the water level on opening day was good and as a result quite a few members fished. throughout the month the fishing was good. the weather was quiet good with below average rainfall and higher than normal TEMPERATURES.
as in previous years a work party carried out a clean up on the river. thank you to all those who turned up to help the river was fishable for most of the month as rainfall was light and there were no reports of artifical floods from turlough hill esb station. AS A GESTURES TO THOSE WHO HELPED WITH THE CLEAN UP A DRAW FOR AN ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP TOOK PLACE AND RICHARD DUGGAN WAS THE WINNER. THANKS TO ALL WHO HELPED WITH THIS WORK
during the second week of april the weather improved. it was during this spell of good weather that the wet & DRY TOOK PLACE. there was a very good turnout for this event with 15 members taking part. THE DAY ITSELF SAW TEMPRETURES REACH 17/18 DEGREES WITH BRIGHT SUNSHINE . TONY doherty won the event with 4 fish (2lb 12 ozs) PETER DOHERTY took 2nd place 3fish ( 2lb 11ozs) and PAUL dunne finished 3 rd 4 fish (2 lb 10 ozs )
THE MONTH OF APRIL ON THE RIVER WAS FOR THE MOST PART PRODUCTIVE AND ENJOYABLE FOR MEMBERS WHO FISHED.
THE GRaY CUP COMPETITION TOOK PLACE ON THE bank holiday weekend sunday 3 rd. 12 members TURNED OUT FOR THE EVENT. it was a perfect fishing day overcast and warm. THE FISHING WAS GOOD AS RISING FISH WERE SEEN FOR LONG PERIODS. paul dunne won the event with 4 fish (3lbs 8ozs) john mccabe took 2 nd (4 fish 3lbs 5 Ozs) and kevin dunne finished 3 rd (4 fish 2lb 9 ozs )
the leinster lake qualifier was fished on Lough ennell on sun 10 th . Clane had 8 members taking part. The fishing was very slow on the day as was expected with this dour lake just 2 fish were weighed in for a total of 134 anglers
unfortunately no clane members qualified.
the weather was good for much of the month and As expected the fishing WAS excellent AND MANY MEMBERS were seen on the river enjoying the evening rise to yellow may duns and sedges.
The leinster river championship was fished on the N. K.T S. A. A STRETCH OF THE LIFFEY ON THE 31 ST . tHE WEATHER WAS VERY WARM AND SUNNY. as in previous years the competition was dominated by anglers from n.k.t.s.a.a. the first four places went to them
Peter doherty representing clane took the remaining place on the leinster team. Peter later went on to qualify for the irish national team for next years home international to be held in england in july
Our thanks to Tony doherty for the work his does in organising this event and to mick deeley , kevin summers and n.k.t.s..a.a. FOR THEIR COOPERATION with the staging of this event
aNGLING PRESSURE WAS heavy for THE FIRST two WEEKS OF THE MONTH . there was a strong hatch of yellow may duns during this period and large numbers of fish were taken on this fly during the evening. however the better fish were taken on sedges during the evening rise
The weather prior to the Michael o’ REILLY COMPETITION WAS mixed. this competition was FISHED ON sat 6 th .
6 members turned out on the night. THE weather on the night was not good from a fishing point if view and as a result the FISHING WAS difficult throughout the evening.
tHe EVENT WAS WON BY peter doherty (3 fish (1LB 12OZS) 2 nd was john mccabe 2 fish 1LB 6OZS ) AND denis goulding FINISHED 3 rd ( 2 FISH 1LB 1oZ )
THE national CHAMPIONSHIP WAS FISHED ON LOUGH OWEL ON THE 7 th. clane had 2 members taking part. the weather was atrocious for the entire day with gale force winds and heavy rain. neither clane members qualified for the irish team.
DESPITE THE FACT THAT JUNE WAS THE WETTEST SINCE RECORDS BEGAN THE EVENING FISHING REMAINED GOOD THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.
THE WEATHER CONTINUED IN THE SAME PATTERN AS JUNE . HOWEVER MEMBERS WERE NOT Deterred FROM FISHING THE EVENING RISE AND THEY ENJOYED SOME EXCELLENT FISHING.
The Twilight competition was fished on the 12 th. with 14 members taking part. THERE WAS A GOOD RISE of fish ON THE NIGHT. John McCabe WON THis EVENT 3 fish 2 lbs 2ozs) DENIS GOULDING tOOK 2nd PLACE 3 fish 1lb 12ozs) and KEVIN DUNNE FINISHED 3RD 3 fish 1lb 8Ozs)
The first week of the month brought very Heavy rain and unsettled weather which continued for the month. fishing became difficult as the river was in constant flood. THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS FISHING WAS LIGHT DUE TO high water levels.
The poor weather continued into the first week of the month. the autumn cup was held on the 6 TH with ten members taking part Conditiojns on the day were poor with heavy rain all day .
the last week of the month saw a big improvement in the weather ; with warm settled conditions and as a result there was some very good backend fishing.
OUR CHRISTMAS OUTING WAS held in MAYNOOTH FISHERY ON THE 6TH. 22 members took part on what was a cold and windy day. the fishing was slow and a sink line proved to be the best method with black boobies and nymphs the most effective pattern’s.
the presentation of prizes took place after a very enjoyable meal in the millicent golf club. the committee would like to thank edel beresford and betty hayes for their additional generous prizes
Please note the change of address FOR the club treasurer .
mR PETER DOHERTY.
THE CLOSING DATE for renewals IS APRIL 1st. ALL MEMBERS MUST RENEW THEIR MEMBERSHIP PRIOR TO THIS DATE.
IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT LAPSED MEMBERS WILL INCUR A NEW MEMBERS ADMISSION FEE.
THE ABOVE RULE WILL BE strictly enforced as the club has a considerable WAITING LIST .
please be aware that nO FURTHER REMINDERS WILL BE SENT REGARDING RENEWALS .
In order to comply with insurance terms it is necessary to charge all o. a. p.’s a subscription of €10.00
As is the custom , each year the committee selects a long standing member for honoury membership in recognition of their contribution made to the club . paul dunne is to be thIS YEARS recipient. paul has until recently been a very active committee member for many years . he can always be relied upon to contribute in any way he can to the actiivities of the club. paul has also represented our club at national and international level on many occasions.
THE committee / club MADE A contribution OF €500 TO THE ALZHEIMERS ASSOC. OF IRELAND.
THE COMMITTEE WHOUD LIKE TO THANK EUGENE O’HAGEN FOR SETTING UP AND MAINTAINING OUR WEB SITE
EUGENE UPDATES THE SITE REGUARLY AND IS ALWAYS KEEN TO POST ANY INFORMATION FROM MEMBERS. MEMBERS RENEWAL FORMs CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THIS SITE. THE SITE IS WELL WORTH A VISIT. eugene’s mobile is 087 - 2531604
THANK YOU AGAIN EUGENE
THE COMMITTEE STRONGLY RECOMMENDs THAT YOU PARK ONLY WERE YOUR CAR IS WELL OFF THE ROAD AND NOT CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION. the committee ask that you avoid any confrontation over parking with residents living close to the river. THE MAIN AREA FOR PARKING IS IN THE VILLAGE AT THE BRIDGE. FISHING ABOVE THE BRIDGE ON THE GOLF COURSE STRETCH IS PERMITTED only IN THE EVENING . IF YOU HAVE ANY QUERIES please CONTACT ME ON 086- 8533755 .
i WOULD LIKE TO REMIND MEMBERS THAT WE OPERATE A STRICT 2 fish BAG LIMIT AND AS A CLUB WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE CATCH AND RELEASE.
the committee request that ALL MEMBERS DISPLAY THEIR MEMBERSHIP BADGE WHILE FISHING and that you carry your membership cards with you .
I would like to remind anglers to dispose of tippet / leader material carefully in order to avoid injury to wildlife. a simple film cannester is an ideal way to store discarded nylon to be disposed of later
a box of flies where found at the parking area near the bridge in the village . the owner can contact either myself or peter doherty .
Listed below is a reminder of the phone numbers of the waterkeepers and relevent bodies should you need to contact them to report pollution or illegal fishing.
The waterkeepers can be contacted on the following numbers :
KCC Contact John Shannon 045 980200 switch board of KCC
EPA Contact David Smith 1890 0335599 Switch board EPA
ERFB Contact Brian Beckett 01 2787022
FLAC contact Peter Doherty 087-6769977
THIS IS THE eleventh SEASON THAT A POINTS SYSTEM HAS BEEN OPERATING TO DETERMINE THE TOP FIVE ANGLERS TO REPRESENT CLANE IN THE LEINSTER LAKE QUALIFIER AND FLAC RIVER COMPETITION. the 2009 top rod was tony doherty
1 st TONY DOHERTY ( 39 pts )
2 nd PETER DOHERTY. ( 35 pts )
3 rd JOHN MCCABE ( 28 pts )
4 TH DENIS GOULDING ( 23 PTS)
5 th Norman Morrow / Paul dunne ( 18pts )
THE PRIZE FOR HEAVIEST FISH WEIGHED IN AT OUR COMPETITIONS GOES TO.
PETER Doherty WITH A FISH OF 1 lB 6OZs
1 st peter Doherty 3 FISH ( 1LB 12 OZS)
3 rd denis goulding 3 FISH (1LB 1 OZS)
lISTED BELOW IS OUR COMPETITION dates FOR THE COMING SEASON. IF YOU INTEND TAKING PART IN ANY OR ALL OF THEM I STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU KEEP IT IN A SAFE PLACE. THE DATES ARE ALSO SHOWN ON YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARDS NO FURTHER REMINDERS WILL BE SENT DURING THE SEASON. the meeting place for our river competitions is manzors VILLAGE INN car park
Seamus Manzor for the use of his meeting room,which is much appreciated.
Paul Dunne for his meticulous records of our competitions.
Pat & MARY CLEERE for their generous sponsorship of the clubs membership cards AND FOR PROVIDING DAY TICKETS.
thanks also to Mary Cleere and JACK FINNAN OUR AUDITORS .
tommy fagan who looks after oUR boat on lough lene
john bradley who looks after our boat on lough mask
The landowners whose permission to cross their lands is vital and without which there would be no ClanE anglers
the Fishery Board for their help and advice.
tight lines for 2010.