Fly fishing

Western People — Art of Mayo makes flies available in new book

Traditional Irish salmon flies from Mayo and all over Ireland, commissioned 120 years ago for the 1902 Cork International Exhibition, now feature in a new historical picture book from Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Fly tying involves “dressing” a hook to create an artificial fly, which is then used by anglers on the end of a rod and line to catch fish.

In recognition of the cultural significance of the craft, a collection of traditional fly dressings was commissioned in 1902. Inland Fisheries Ireland has now published the picture book online, making it available free of charge.

For the 1902 exhibition the Bangor and Ballina districts salmon flies were ridden by John Devers (Main Street, Ballina). A total of four flies for Bangor District and eight flies for Ballina District have been tied and are now included in the new online book titled “The 1902 Cork Collection of Salmon Flies”.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is exploring ways to re-present the original collection and members of the public are encouraged to contact the state agency with any suggestions they may have.

The 1902 Cork collection of salmon flies, including Mayo flies, can be found on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website at www.fisheriesireland.ie and the Fishing in Ireland website at www.fishinginireland .info