Merlin Unwin Books

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This practical fishing book, written by Ireland's top flyfishing instructor Peter O'Reilly, looks at the rich tradition of game angling in the Emerald Isle.

Flyfishers have been catching trout and salmon from Ireland's abundant rivers and loughs for centuries. In more recent times, a range of techniques and tactics have been developed that are perfectly suited to the Irish fisheries. Many distinct and highly effective fly patterns have also been invented.

The author, much sought-after as a fishing and flytying instructor, shares his knowledge gleaned from years of practical experience by the waterside. Here are tips on such specialist skills as fishing the duckfly, mayfly and murrough on the loughs; the merits of fishing the Irish shrimp fly for salmon; and such arts as dapping; Erriff-style slack-water fishing; and imitating the Sheelin bloodworm.

Brimming with clear advice on tackle, flies, techniques and rivercraft, this is your perfect companion guide to fishing Ireland's rivers and loughs for trout and salmon.


Full leather edition, hand-bound in elegant dark green goatskin leather, by the finest English craftsmen in Ludlow, Shropshire. All the elements of beautifully bound books have been incorporated, including:

• Hand-marbled endpapers by Ann Muir   
• Gold silk ribbon marker
• Green/cream head & tail bands   
• Raised bands on spine
• Set head and tails
• Gilt heads           
• Gold blocked on spine and front    
• Rounded and backed           
• Protected in top quality dark green slipcase   
• Bound-in limited edition flyleaf


These books are individually crafted and the materials are hand-made to order – nevertheless, we aim to deliver books within, on average, six weeks of receipt of payment.

Author: Peter O'Reilly
Illustrator: Charles Jardine
ISBN: 978 1 873674 35 2
Published: June 2000
Latest edition: September 2008
Format: 246 x 189 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 192
51 colour photographs
7 black & white photographs
55 black & white illustrations
Price: £160.00

Flyfishing in Ireland LIMITED LEATHER FIRST EDITION by Peter O'Reilly
Flyfishing in Ireland hand-made Ann Muir endpaper
Flyfishing in Ireland hand-made Ann Muir endpaper

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