Mc ClayDougal

This day can be taken at any time of the year but is best during the warmer seasons.

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The idea of the McClayDougal Challenge is similar to the established game season McDougal but no pheasant is taken. Instead of game shooting, participants take part in a clay shoot whereby every now and then a coloured clay will appear and this take the place of the cock bird and the one that needs to be hit to start the challenge.

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After lunch you tie a pheasant tailed nymph fly (with instruction!) from a supplied tail feather and then attempt to catch a trout on your fly in the afternoon. Definitely no fly tying skills required! The day is for a party of 6 to 8 people. The purpose is to have a relaxed and amusing day out in the country, and those who achieve a McClayDougal will each receive a prize.

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Everything is included from guns, cartridges and all fly tying material and fishing equipment in addition to morning coffee, pre lunch drinks, lunch with wines (which will be either a quality cold lunch or BBQ dependant upon weather), and afternoon tea.

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Program of Events

  • Meet at Ashbourne for coffee around 09.00 to 09.30am
  • A clay shoot which will involve various simulated birds (pheasant being the most popular).
  • Champagne and smoked salmon before lunch, being either a quality cold lunch or BBQ with wines, dependant upon the weather.
  • After lunch participants will be given a demonstration of Fly Tying and the opportunity to tie flies for use in the afternoon.
  • Fishing will commence around 14.00
  • Tea will be served in the Fishing Lodge around 16:15 before departure.

Dress etc

  • Casual clothing according to the weather forecast.
  • Loan of guns can be made with prior request unless you wish to use your own and you do not need to bring a fly rod, unless you wish to.
  • Cartridges, all fly tying material and equipment as well as pre lunch drinks, lunch (with wine) and afternoon tea and prizes are all included.
  • Present cost £180 per head (plus VAT) all inclusive.
  • No prior Clay Shooting or Fly Fishing experience required.