Peter O’Reilly is one of Ireland’s leading authorities on the trout and salmon fishing for which his country is justifiably famous.
He has been fishing for more years than he cares to remember. Early in his career he set himself the task of providing his fellow anglers with factual information on Irish game angling as well as the flies to use and how to fish them.
He is the author of four of the best respected books on angling in Ireland:
- Trout and Salmon Loughs of Ireland
- Trout and Salmon Rivers of Ireland
- Flies of Ireland
- Flyfishing in Ireland
Realising the need for and benefit of professional fly-casting tuition, he became the first qualified game angling instructor in the Republic of Ireland. His initial qualifications in fly-tying and single & double handed casting were with the Association of Professional Game Angling Instructors (APGAI) in the UK.
He was acutely aware of the need for an organisation to qualift and represent the interest of angling instructors in Ireland and in 2002 Peter was one of the founding members of APGAI-Ireland. A firm believer and advocate of life long learning, in 2003 Peter achieved Master status with the US based Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF), followed up with receiving THCI certification in 2008.
- APGAI-Ireland Certificate in FD, SH & DH
- AAPGAI Advanced Certificate in FD, SH & DH
- FFF Masters in CI & THCI
- Child protection training
- Garda clearest cert (children & vulnerable adults)
Peter’s private casting lessons at Navan, as well as his fly-fishing courses at some of Ireland’s premier fisheries have been in great demand for the past three decades. His client list includes beginners to the sport, seasoned anglers who want to sort out casting faults, stars of stage and screen, state dignitaries and sporting legends from all over the world.
Peter is an avid, skilful angler and dedicated teacher. Nothing gives him more satisfaction than to see a novice cast a good line and catch their first fish on a fly.
A word of advice:
Why wait for the opening of the fishing season to take a casting lesson? Come along during the closed season, then when the fishing opens you will be up to speed and ready to go.