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The Lakes Of Clare

From the town of Killaloe the angler may proceed to the lakes of the

County of Clare. You go west to the town of Broadford, eight miles

distant, where there are three or four lakes, the furthest off one,

Dromore; this town is eighteen miles off, and about eight from the

county town, Ennis, on the river Fergus. Twelve miles up this river is

Corrafin, a neat town, near which is the celebrated lake of "Inchiquin,"

or its large trout and splendid views. Here the angler will find

boats and every accommodation.

The flies in my list for the season will kill exceedingly well in these

lakes, made two or three sizes larger, and in fine weather the size they


They are fond of grouse hackle, wrens, browns, turf-coloured flies,

amber, black, grey, &c., &c., with brown grouse wings. The "yarn fly"[B]

is not used here.

Before the tourist angler leaves Killaloe, if he has time, he should by

all means see the antiquities of the place, Lough Derg and Holy Island,

where there are to be seen the ruins of seven churches, and a round

tower 70 feet high, the entrenchments of "Brian Boroimhe," King of

Munster, at Cancora, and his tomb near the Cathedral in the town.

This ancient town is seated on the western bank of the Shannon, in the

County of Clare, over which there is a bridge of nineteen arches; at a

short distance below it, this grand river rolls over tremendous ledges

of rocks, where there is an excellent fishery. It is a great pity that

this fine river should be prevented from being of the greatest benefit

to the country through which it runs, all owing to the "cruives," the

"stake nets," "bag nets," and every other destructive invention that

can be contrived for the wholesale slaughter of the splendid Salmon. Oh!

look to it, you that have the power.

From Limerick the angler may proceed to Athlone and Galway, but I should

advise him to proceed to the south first, and fish the Blackwater and

the lakes of Killarney; Mr. Jas. Butler has prohibited the fishing at

Waterville this spring, in consequence, as he says, "of the numbers

visiting, coupled with acts of poaching." I should say the lake is free,

as it always was and ever has been, knowing that Mr. Butler is most

polite to gentlemen.