Ireland on the Fly
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From Patagonia to the Ponoi – Matthew Solon, the Clare man guiding around the world

From Patagonia to the Ponoi – Matthew Solon, the Clare man guiding around the world

A guide’s life…..Matthew Solon enjoying the saltwater action.

We’ve all seen the pictures of far flung fly fishing destinations with anglers holding huge fish and a guide beside them looking just as happy to have seen such a monster fish landed, and I’m sure you’ve probably thought, now that’s a job I wouldn’t mind doing.

Working, living and fishing in some of the most incredible fly fishing destinations in the world, how could you not love it?

But what’s it really like?  Beyond the Instagram pictures of giant fish and smiling guests, it’s also a nomadic life cut off from society for most of the year and certainly not a life for everyone.

Matthew Solon is a Clare man who has followed this path guiding on the Ponoi, in Patagonia, the Seychelles and Iceland and he joins us on this week’s show with some tall tales and insights into the guiding life.

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Fulling Mill Competition

If you’re a fly tyer or want to get into fly tying then this is for you….
Ireland on the Fly have teamed up with Fulling Mill to give away a box of fly tying materials – with free shipping – to one lucky listener each week. 

With more than 1,400 products to choose from, each perfectly packed by hand, their new range of fly tying materials warrants closer inspection. 

Anyone wanting to see them in person and handle them could do well to get along to the Irish Fly Fair in Enniskillen Co, proudly sponsored by Fulling Mill. 

Held over the weekend of 18th, 19th November they can not only see these materials being put to masterful use by the likes of Jackie Mahon, but they can stock up from Fulling Mill dealers, like Rodgers Tackle, who will be laden with new stock.
From Dozens of exciting new dubbings, chenilles, yarns & wools, to perfectly prepared and packaged marabou, zonkers, deer belly and Bucktail – the range is going down a storm. This week’s top mover is their New Eco Warrior Dub – be sure to check it out.

So, to be in with a chance of winning the £50 worth of materials, just answering the following question:

‘Which hotel will play host to this year’s Irish Fly fair?’

Email your answer to and we will announce the winner on next week’s show