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#1 Tidal


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 04:48 AM

Tuesday 11/21/17 6:30pm - Im not quite sure how we ended up there but at some point as my wife and I were sitting at the dinner table mulling over life we ended up swapping videos on our phones. I pulled up the Wild Rover, the Dubliners version. We listened and sang along and she told me stories of her family singing this song in her youth and she reminded me how the Skelligs played it at our wedding too. Next she played Galway Girl the Steve Earle version. I had never heard the song before but as I listened one line in particular caught my attention. I told her my god, what a perfect name for fly.
Galway Girlby Sharon Shannon and Steve Earle
Tuesday 11/21/17 10pm Tying a few flies for the next morning playing Galway Girl over and over. 
The Galway Girl
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Tail a few small crests
Body back half blue ice dub pulled from an old fly, front half 3-4 Hooded Merganser crest feathers tied in at the bird end twisted and wrapped around the shank
Wing Hooded Merganser crest feathers folded back and tied off with black thread
Wednesday 11/22/17 9am Raining hard temp in the low 40s.
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By this point in their run (they are brood stock salmon) they are not at all pretty fish and they weren't put here by their choice, but they mean well and their lineage runs deep, and the riverbanks are full of trash and the river is repairing from a 5,000,000 gallon sewage spill 4 weeks prior, and if you focus hard enough on keeping your line straight through the run you wont hear the sound of trains in front of you or brakes of the cars on the streets behind you.
I am soaked but not cold. I am below a highway, in a city, up to my waste in a river, a ford hubcap at my feet as my position marker, day off from work, in the rain, alone a perfect church.
I cant say I was more surprised than proud as it was one of those casts were current and focus and fish and fly all just kind of come together quick. As I fought the fish I sang along a bit and smiled inside.
And I ask you, friend, what's a fella to do?
'Cause her hair was black and her eyes were blue
And I knew right then I'd be takin' a whirl
'Round the Salthill Prom with a Galway girl
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#2 Dale A. Darling

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 05:30 AM

Great stuff Val. Missed this till now. Hope you're safe home tonight. Go again soon.
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Posted 25 November 2017 - 11:08 AM

Dear Val We have been i Ireland 3 times for fishing river Bandon near by Cork.....and we love the music, there Guinnes and oysters, but most of al the warmnes kind people there said Good morning when you meet the in the moning at the street....thast a kind of good life

Remember to live your life, there are no replay of it!

#4 Classic Salmon Fly Tyer

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 12:04 PM

I love it...both the story and the fly. Thanks for this one Val.......

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"I've spent many days on the golf course and said I should have gone fishing.

But I've NEVER been on a trout stream or Atlantic Salmon river and said I should have played golf." - Me

#5 dgotz


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Posted 25 November 2017 - 01:06 PM

Val:  Looks like you and the Galway Girl were right at home in such pristine and perfect surroundings.  Disparate beauty is right my friend.  My thanks for a great start to my day



#6 Bud Guidry

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 01:29 PM

Great, I actually chuckled out load at the Ford hubcap. Enjoy life, build memories for the rocking chair val





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#7 Ronn Lucas

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 04:24 PM

I can't add anything to what has been said already but bravo!!

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Posted 25 November 2017 - 11:45 PM

I can relate to the hubcap, beats a syringe. Good stuff Val !

#9 Tidal


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Posted 26 November 2017 - 12:48 AM

The jetsam on this river is mostly nipper bottles and toys peppered with clothing and the occassional sex related item. I also found a empty wallet once and on this day a Sears credit card.

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Posted 26 November 2017 - 09:37 PM

Great tying, fishing, and all the connective tissue story