Last March my daughter called. She wanted to go on vacation to Ireland and wanted to know if I wanted to go with her. I only hesitated for a second and said, if we could include some fishing in the trip, I was in.

More than a decade ago I was interested in European fishing styles and flies. I purchased and read a number of books as well as researched the topic online. The British and Irish have very different styles of angling relative to the USA and I had always wanted to go. Learning a different way to fish for the same species we have here is interesting.

Denis Peirce writes a fishing column for The Union’s Outdoors section and is host of “The KNCO Fishing & Outdoor Report,” which airs 6-7 p.m. Fridays and 5-6 a.m. Saturdays on 830-AM radio. Contact him via his website at