You don’t need an ancestral connection to feel drawn to Ireland, though many of us have one, as I do on my mother’s side of the family. Whether you like traditional music, honest golf links, or pints of Guinness that truly taste better than the American imagination might suggest, there are ample reasons to make a “life trip” here. And now there is another reason: fishing. Whether you fancy spin tackle or two-handed fly rods, Ireland has something to offer every angler. And the action — particularly for Atlantic salmon and sea-run brown trout — is only getting better.
Last year, Field & Stream editor-at-large and Fly Talk blogger Kirk Deeter fulfilled a lifelong ambition of visiting Ireland, where he not only soaked in some ancestral culture, but also cast flies in the fabled River Moy and Lough Currane.