The Heritage Council (@HeritageHubIRE) Tweeted: Simply wonderful..🎶🐦 Sit back, relax and enjoy the bird song from Attymon Bog and Carrownagappul Bog in Galway from this mornings dawn chorus event. #nationalbiodiversityweek2021 #biodiversity #BirdSong #lovenature #LoveYourHeritage

Vision Meri Seatrout Fly Line

The Meri Seatrout fly line is not only the perfect complement for the rods of the same name from Vision, but an excellent choice for everyone who is chasing coastal silver – regardless of the rod, or indeed the type of predatory fish!

This series of modern fly lines has been developed for the special requirements of inshore fishing. And the people behind Vision understand just as much about this as they do about their pike fishing! Above all, it is the 10 m long head that makes the Meri a clear recommendation for throwing flies under adverse conditions. 

The special taper allows you to load your rod quickly and effectively and to get your sea trout or bass fly far and on target with minimal false casts. Even in strong winds. The compact design of the head with the long tip offers power and presentation at the same time and ensures a clean turn-over of your leader. 

Even extra long fluorocarbon leaders can be turned over very delicately if necessary.

The comprehensive Meri series from Vision includes four lines with different sink rates. With this range anglers are prepared for all situations on the coast and there are definitely no nasty surprises. 

It is a series of lines designed for coastal fishing. It has a 10m head and a total length of 33m. The Meri series consists of several densities of lines to cover all the needs of coastal anglers. Float to SloMo tip (3m tip) is perfect for fishing shallow and cold water. The SloMo (10m) version is the perfect all-round coastal line with its floating running line. Fast Inter is the go-to line for deeper banks and fishing from the boat. Fast Inter to S3 (4m S3 tip) tip is a great choice for fast retrieve, windy conditions and boat fishing. 

Meri has a thin and durable DuraSlim coating. DuraSlim enables us to manufacture a line with thinner running line than before without sacrifising durability. The low stretch core helps you to feel the takes and it also transfers casting energy far more efficiently than traditional cores. The tippet ring at the front end of the line and ready made loop at the back make it easy to attach to the backing and leader. Phthalate free.

  • Thin and durable DuraSlim™  coating
  • Thin running line with a 4 meter handling zone
  • Taper designed for easy loading and long casts
  • 4 densities to cover all the needs of coastal anglers
  • Low stretch core
  • Tippet ring at the front of the line for attaching leader
  • Small ready-made loop at the back for attaching backing
  • Clear markings of the line weight on the tip loop
  • Designed in conjunction with the Meri rods




Hakai Magazine (@hakaimagazine) Tweeted: Early last year, @ManchanMagan began collecting words from towns along the west coast of Ireland—before they disappeared. The Foclóir Farraige, or Sea Dictionary, is his online database of recordings and definitions. @cm_geib @galway2020 @ForasnaGaeilge

All year the flax-dam festered in the heart
Of the townland; green and heavy headed
Flax had rotted there, weighted down by huge sods.
Daily it sweltered in the punishing sun.
Bubbles gargled delicately, bluebottles
Wove a strong gauze of sound around the smell.
There were dragonflies, spotted butterflies,
But best of all was the warm thick slobber
Of frogspawn that grew like clotted water
In the shade of the banks. Here, every spring
I would fill jampotfuls of the jellied
Specks to range on window sills at home,
On shelves at school, and wait and watch until
The fattening dots burst, into nimble
Swimming tadpoles. Miss Walls would tell us how
The daddy frog was called a bullfrog
And how he croaked and how the mammy frog
Laid hundreds of little eggs and this was
Frogspawn. You could tell the weather by frogs too
For they were yellow in the sun and brown
In rain.

Then one hot day when fields were rank
With cowdung in the grass the angry frogs
Invaded the flax-dam; I ducked through hedges
To a coarse croaking that I had not heard
Before. The air was thick with a bass chorus.
Right down the dam gross bellied frogs were cocked
On sods; their loose necks pulsed like sails. Some hopped:
The slap and plop were obscene threats. Some sat
Poised like mud grenades, their blunt heads farting.
I sickened, turned, and ran. The great slime kings
Were gathered there for vengeance and I knew
That if I dipped my hand the spawn would clutch it.

Death of a naturalist

Seamus Heaney



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