Fly Fishing on the Falkland Islands
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Falkland Islands Fly.Fishing

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Murrell and Weir Creek are the home and yard waters of the Stanley "Beach Boys".
Located at the gates of the capital, that would be considered a village here, it can be reached in just a few minutes.

And that's why many a wife hears on weekends:
"Honey, I'm going to Murrell."
If she is lucky, she and the kids may accompany daddy for fishing.

Anyway - an excursion to the Murrell promises great leisure time and the motto is like in a German fishing documentary series:
„Rute raus, der Spaß beginnt“ (Get your tackle out, the fun begins).

The Murrell and Weir Creek

The Murrell River is a relatively short river that is closed as spawning water all year round.
This area begins at the "Drunken Rock", which did not receive its name from the alcoholic state of the rock, but that of the gauchos, who in the 1940s used this place as a passage.
The Murrell flows into the eponymous, Elongated Bay, where all the fishing pleasure takes place. The bay is divided between two owners: the Murrell Farm on one side of the land and the government of the Falkland Islands on the other.

At the Murrell there are slightly different regulations for fishing than in other waters. Therefore, you should always inquire about them when you want to get a permit to fish there.

The picture below shows two of the many possible fishing spots at the Murrell.
A small promontory above the bridge known as Black Point.
Directly in front of it, the tides and a certain enforcement of fresh water pass in a channel that with its sloping edge promises to be a good place for some big sea trout or a mullet .
There are always a lot of fish in the stretch of water around the connecting bridge to Murrell Farm. The bridge was only built a few years ago.
The reason is that every specimen has to go through the pipes under the road and back again.
Since the tidal current is huge, there is a strong draught in front of the bridge, which forms river-like structures.
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As can be seen very nicely in this picture below, the fishing spots on both banks of the Murrell are almost limitless.
All the beautiful fish in the pictures below were caught by us at these phenomenally situated coastal strips in just a few hours.
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This is a picture of Weir Creek – a side arm of the Murrell – at low tide.
The canal in the bay, in which the tidal current flows, is clearly visible.
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Fishing permits must be obtained from the landowner before entering.
Telephone number of the landowner: 31001 or 54665 or 51665
Adrian Lowe owns the private lands around the Murrell.
He is an original and considered as the pioneer of a sensitive tourism in the Falkland Islands. Undoubtedly Adrian is THE contact person when it comes to a fishing trip on East Falkland or other sightseeing tours.
Ade - as he is called amicably - has accompanied many a fishing journalist through all the years and has seen their rods swing.
Who knows how high he would rank me and Eddie among them…
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A true Falkland Island character:

Adrian Lowe describes himself as one of the "smaller farmers“. A clear understatement, seeing that his land ownership comprises 78 km², comparable to the British Channel Island Guernsey close to the French coast. The only difference is that now only he and his wife Lisa live on Murrell Farm and more than 62,000 people reside on Guernsey.
Adrian is always very laidback and sophisticated, but he gets really enthusiastic when he talks about his wife Lisa's cooking skills. For him a culinary epiphany is taking a crispy leg of lamb from his own land out of the peat oven, accompanied by homemade bread with fresh butter and milk from their own cows.

The changes in daily living habits that for us have taken place over a period of several centuries, took place on the Falkland Islands in just a few decades.
And with eloquent stories, Adrian likes to take his guests on that exciting journey:

In his youth, horses were the only means of transportation. He used to ride long distances to the stations (farms with large properties), sleep there, help with the sheep shearing for several days and then people would celebrate the happiest of parties.

Only very lately horses were replaced by Land Rovers. And still then, until the 1980s, the settlements in the camp and his farm could only be reached cross-country.

He loved getting up at four in the morning, accompanied by the song of birds, to dig peat, hard work that could take months.
Now this work is done by machines in a few hours.

Today he has exchanged the horse for a Defender – although still a classic one.
You now find good roads for traffic. Farms like his are well equipped with wind power, solar energy, generators and the Internet.

But in his heart, Ade never looses the calmness and pleasure when he sits down in his armchair in the evening and looks from the living room window at the Murrell – at peace with the world.

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