TOP young anglers from across the country will be testing their skills on Lake Finore this Sunday when the picturesque Fintona waters play host to the All-Ireland Junior Fly-Fishing Championships.
It is the latest boost for the sport locally which last summer entertained angling teams from around the globe at the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships, an event which all competitors this coming weekend will be batting it out to compete in when it comes around again in 2015. Martin McClenaghan, chairman of the Finore Anglers Association Group, said they were pleased to be hosting another major competition which will feature young anglers, from throughout Ireland, aged 15-18.
“It is great to be hosting the junior inter-pros and it promises to be an exciting few days for the competitors involved. The event will take place over two days. On Saturday the anglers are at a lake in Donegal and then on Sunday they will be fishing our own Finure. There will be ten from each province competing. The Ulster team has four from our own club, so those lads should know the waters well and that might give them a slight edge,” stated Martin.
Last year’s World Championships were jointly hosted by the Finore Anglers Fishing Club in Fintona and Loughmacrory & Murrins District Angling Association (LMDAA) and proved to be a major success. Martin believes that being selected for this top national competition underlines the impression they created last summer.
“ It is a good boost for us after getting the World Championships last year. That helped to showcase our infrastructure and everyone was very impressed with the high standard of the facilities and quality of fishing. Hopefully it will be the same again on Sunday.”
Among the host competitors is Tattyreagh’s Feargail Armstrong, fresh from his victory at the recent Ulster Junior Fly Fishing Championships, where he won the Lakes competition and came second in the Rivers competition.
Feargail will be vying not just for inter-pro success with Ulster but will also want to finish in the top five in the individual category which would earn automatic selection for the Ireland squad which will head off to Colorado in the USA next year for the World Youth Fly Fishing Championships.
Last year Fearghail was part of the Irish squad that competed on home waters in the 2013 World Championships where he acquitted himself well and another productive weekend in the next few days will give him another chance to take on the best young fly fisherman from around the world in 2015.