I am a fly fisher & fish biologist from Waterford, Ireland. I can usually be found somewhere close to running water with a fly rod in hand trying to catch a fish, or with a camera strapped around my neck trying to capture a special fly fishing moment, or both. I fish mainly on the large southern rivers in Ireland (R. Suir & Munster Blackwater) swinging flies for Atlantic salmon. I also fly fish along the southern coast of Ireland for European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) which is a beautiful inshore species that is regarded as the premier saltwater sport ﬁsh in Ireland (you can also swing flies to big sea bass, which is a lot of fun #basspsey!!). I have been lucky enough to fish in destinations including Mexico, America and Scotland for both saltwater and freshwater fish, however, I value my local fishing above all else. I have published photographs and articles online in a variety of national and international fly fishing magazines.
Conservation is very important to me. I am a fisheries scientist and my research work focuses on fish migration and salmonid conservation. My current work is focusing on migration of salmonids at sea. Improved survival at sea is necessary for population recovery, and we investigate factors likely to influence this survival by tagging and tracking these fish. Little is known about the movements of salmon in marine waters and we aim to fill some of these knowledge gaps.
At the end of the day, I’m just a crazy fly fisherman trying to save the fish.
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