• WELCOME TO THIRTYARDS

    Saltwater flyfishing along the wild coastline of Wexford, Ireland, and sometimes further afield!
    Thirtyards is ultimately a slowly planned attempt to create an awareness about flyfishing for bass in Ireland, but it is also about time and place, experience and information. At this time an unmeasured bass fishing universe exists in my mind and on these pages I’m trying to capture something of the wind and the waves, the rain, the light, and the sounds, the pace of the Irish bass fishing coast. – Jim Hendrick

  • Where we find the fish

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • The opportunities created

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • The anticipation

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • The chance

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • Transforming us

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • Choices made

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • Stopped is a presentation too

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    Bassfishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

  • Balance found

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    Bass Fishing Saltwater Fly – Jim Hendrick

Blue white deceiver – St Helens Wexford. During a run of fish both day and night (Fish ran all day with moving water) the blue and white deceiver was simply unbelievable for many weeks through to September. I learned so much over a three week period, in hindsight its difficult to remember a run of fly caught fish like it since. Yes there have been days, and odd weeks no doubt but… Read More

  If you’re looking for accessible versatile and quality saltwater flyfishing equipment then look no further, ECHOFLYFISHING continue to successfully provide them all. Speaking for myself, I’m continuously happy with the rods I own both in the EPR the 3S and indeed the TI range. I seldom comment about gear but I’ve said this before see HERE from 2012 – these rods are ideal for the Irish angler looking to dip his toes… Read More

– It will be rain tonight. – Let it come down. William Shakespeare – Macbeth The weather can recreate both the world and indeed ourselves. But is it the change in ourselves because of weather that often brings us closer to the fish? William my brother and many other friends experienced amazing bass fishing this morning. The opportunity we saw some days ago was realised through the accumulated experience within ourselves, both… Read More

An opportunity approaches. Thirty seven years later I’m still fishing at the location. Now I do it a bit differently and with a little more experience. There’s still so much to learn though. I’m here looking for a low tide fish on the fly, a favourite time of mine, and now all this time later the fly is my favoured method. The timing is critical like most things in bass fishing and… Read More

The building anticipation is heightened considerably both by the approaching weather systems and also by the fact I have holidays from Friday.

Hard, hot light by ten a.m., windows ricocheting sun, concrete incandescent, even blacktop white. No day to stay in the city. Tackle chosen, we drive south and west, right angles giving way to round, to hills that fall away to sea, the highway here a line along a ragged edge, order eroding into mystery. A half moon cove no wider than two homes, its tide near flood, sun overhead. We rig, hoist… Read More

Making a good presentation by ‘casting backwards’ is an essential skill – especially on the open coast. For a right-hander faced with the prevailing south westerlies its the best way to safely make good casts.

For Jose, a mayan guide who reminded me of what it means to be a fisherman