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Loughs of Ireland 4th Edition

A Flyfisher's Guide

Here is the long-awaited, completely revised and updated new 4th edition of Peter O'Reilly's Loughs of Ireland.

This book has established itself over 20 years as the definitive angler's guide to the trout, seatrout and salmon stillwater fisheries throughout Ireland, both Northern Ireland and Eire.

It is essential reading for anyone fishing the loughs in Ireland, whether local or those wishing to plan a visit there. Information includes:

  • average size of fish caught
  • the most productive bays
  • numbers of fish caught recently
  • telephone numbers for permissions
  • which flies work best on each particular lough
  • useful relevant websites and email addresses
  • boat availability
  • contact details of local fishing guides
  • best times to fish each particular lough
  • special angling tips for individual loughs

"Peter O'Reilly has set the standard to which all angling guides should aspire." Trout and Salmon magazine

Author: Peter O'Reilly
ISBN: 9781873674727
Published: July 2006
Format: 234 x 156 mm
Binding: Hardback
No. of pages: 320
Price: £20.00

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Loughs of Ireland 4th Edition by Peter O'Reilly

Reader reviews

Reviewed by Jean-Michel Sťnamaud in August 2009

Dear Mr O'Reilly, First of all, thanks a lot for your outstanding book, recently offered to me by a friend in Ballina. Just one question for my understanding : what is the meaning of the reference numbers at each lake (e.g. "G 44 22" for Easky lough, page 80) ? Thanks a lot for your answer, and once again, congratulations for this so useful book, especially for me, since I am a beginner in lake fishing ! Best regards JMSénamaud (France, near Limoges)

Dear Mr Senamaud, The referenes are Ordnance Survey map grid references. Best regards, Merlin Unwin.

Press reviews

Reviewed in Trout Fisherman Magazine in July 2007

'Far more than just a guide-book, the latest edition of Peter O’Reilly’s authoritative tome is a browser’s delight. Chapter and verse on fishing waters great and small is delightfully mixed with anecdote, reminiscence and, where the author deems fit, blunt criticism.'

Reviewed in Trout & Salmon Magazine in August 2007

'Books about fishing come and go. But when a book is published for a second, third and now fourth edition, you have to say that the book is hitting the right sport.  Loughs of Ireland will not only prove of value to those who are new to Irish fishing. Many of those anglers who already have a pervious edition of this book will, I feel surely buy the new edition to keep abreast of the changes that occur with time.'

Reviewed by Jim Lysaght of The Avondhu in May 2007

'Certainly one of the most comprehensive ever written about lake fishing in Ireland, from the smallest, secluded lake, hidden in the hills of Kerry, to the vast Lough Corrib in the west of Ireland. Merlin Unwin Books are well known for the qulity of their publications, and with plenty of photographs and maps, Loughs of Irealnd is well up to their usual high standard.'

Reviewed in Flyfishing & Flytying Magazine in July 2007

'Peter O’Reilly is probably Ireland’s most respected game angling pundit.'

Reviewed by Derek Evans of Irish Times in August 2007

'Peter O’Reilly deserves a PhD for his outstanding contribution to game angling. Well researched information, updated to contain e-mail and mobile phone contacts, facilities for anglers with disabilities and the latest catch statistics. A lavish publication and a must for every game angler.'

Reviewed in Irish Country Sports & Country in September 2007

'From Merlin Unwin Books comes an essential book for any Irish angler’s bookshelf and an absolute must for the visiting angler.'

Reviewed by Nick Parry of Irish Angler's Digest in June 2007

'I regularly find myself referring to Mr O’Reilly’s publications. This book is an essential reference for all anglers.'

Reviewed in Waterlog in June 2007

'Loughs of Ireland is the definitive work on the subject and is a compulsory purchase if you are considering doing any trout angling in the country.'

Reviewed in Waterlog Online in July 2006

'These ought to be on everyone's bookshelf.'

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