Mc ClayDougal

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


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.


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.


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.