As we worked downstream, swinging traditional wet flies (in my case, a Cascade) with two-handed 7- and 8-weight rods, Markus hooked a bright salmon. But after a few minutes of fight, the fish rolled through a rapid and spit the fly. Soon thereafter, we met two anglers who had been luckier, landing a grilse salmon. The friendliness among anglers you encounter along the banks of Irish rivers is a level above what most Americans are used to.
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.