I finally got around to fishing Knockaderry for the first time on St Patrick’s morning. This lake is one of my favourite fisheries and I was really looking forward to wetting a line there. The day itself started out cool but the day got warmer and by mid morning there was a great midge hatch. The sun shone and the breeze was gentle giving a lovely slow drift, ideal for buzzer fishing.
By lunchtime my car was covered in small midge. The big hatch really got the large rainbows moving and quite a number were rising and feeding on natural fly. Fishing small buzzers through the layers was the effective tactic.
There are some serious trout in this lake and the average size of the rainbows was 5 to 6lbs.
These fish will take you to the backing and I was glad I decided to fish with a 10ft 7wt and not a lighter outfit.
Ned Maher told me that Ardaire Springs also enjoyed a bumper day with the rise in temperatures. The last time I called over there I managed a fantastic 18lbs rainbow.
Looks like we are spoiled for choice for quality stocked fisheries here in the south east at the moment!