Ireland on the Fly
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The Last Salmon: ‘We don’t have time, we need to intervene now.’

The Last Salmon: ‘We don’t have time, we need to intervene now.’

Burrishoole Fishery, county Mayo.

Internationally renowned fishery scientist, Ken Whelan, issues a call to action on the latest episode of The Last Salmon.

He says that ranching can and will work to help improve salmon numbers in relation to supporting a rod fishery for anglers and he explains to us the background to its successful development and implementation – albeit with caveats and cautions.

Likening it to racehorse breeding, he points to the Burrishoole ranching programme and the work of Dr. David Piggins and says this is the model that can be followed for supporting a rod fishery in lieu of wild stock.

Whilst wild fish conservation measures must continue to be carried out, drastic and innovative action is needed, says Ken, if we are not to see entire salmon stocks disappear.

 The Last Salmon is a new podcast hosted by renowned actor, Jim Murray, and award-winning producer, Daire Whelan, which offers hope and solutions to the tragic story that is unfolding for an iconic species in crisis - the wild Atlantic salmon. 

Listen and follow on Apple, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts, and for regular updates, follow the show at

A Salmon Masterclass with Paddy McDonnell

Are you passionate about fly fishing but struggling to catch more salmon? With declining numbers, having the right tactics and understanding how and where to catch salmon is more important than ever before. 

At 8pm on Thursday 20th June, join us for a special Salmon Masterclass with one of Ireland's most renowned salmon anglers, Paddy McDonnell, to learn how to increase your catch rates on the water. 

Born near the famed River Moy, Paddy had already caught thousands of salmon by his 20s and has dedicated his life to helping others catch salmon on the rivers and lakes on the west coast of Ireland.

For this Masterclass, Paddy will be sitting down with Ireland on the Fly presenters, Tom Doc Sullivan and Daire Whelan, with tips and advice to catch more salmon this season.

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity where you will also get the chance to ask Paddy the salmon questions you've always wanted to know. 

And don’t worry, if you can’t make it on 20th June, you will still receive a recording of the webinar to watch back at any time. 

Tickets cost €10 and you can register and pay by going to:

** 50% Loyalty Discount **

As a loyalty bonus to those who have attended our two previous Masterclasses, we’re also pleased to offer a 50% discount for this Salmon Masterclass webinar.

If you already paid for our two previous Masterclasses and sign up for this one, then the €5 discount will be refunded to your account after you register and pay for this third webinar.

Just to say thank you for your loyal support of our Masterclass Series!

Who is giving the Masterclass?

Paddy McDonnell, one of Ireland’s most experienced and most respected salmon anglers, guides and instructors.

How do I access the webinar?

Once you register, you will receive an email with your unique link to log-in to access the webinar.

When is it on?

8-9pm on Thursday, June 20th.

If I can’t make it, can I still view a recording of the Masterclass afterwards?

Yes, all paid attendees will get sent a link to access and view the recording of the webinar afterwards.

Register and pay for your access to A Salmon Masterclass with Paddy McDonnell at:

Stay tuned for our masterclasses throughout 2024, covering salmon, rivers, loughs, streamers, lures, dries – everything to make you a 
better salmon or trout fly angler, helping you to catch more this year and learn from the best.

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