This year a pal and I delayed our visit to Lough Corrib until late April due to the abnormally cold spring. It proved to be a good move as the weather was horrible all March. We knew we had missed the duckfly hatch but were hoping for Olives and large buzzer. Once again we stayed at Grasshopper cottage Cornamona near Clonbur.
We hired a boat and engine from our good pal and top guide Tom Doc Sullivan. Unfortunately we were too early for Olives this time. Our approach was to fish the conditions as there was no significant hatch. On the morning s the Lough was calm and the sun was high although it was cool enough with a Northeast wind.
In these conditions we fished buzzers. I was really impressed with my Mackenzie FX1 10ft 6wt for this method. Luckily we managed to boat some nice trout with the largest 58cm and in prime condition.
In the mid afternoon the wind picked up and we tried pulling traditional wet flies and dabblers on intermediate lines. This was productive especially around shallow areas. We had a mixture of small trout with some better fish to just over 2lbs and quite a few missed takes also.
Overall we had a great weekend and are really looking forward to next year already.
The weather has been pretty good recently for this time of year but no wind means flat calms on a reservoir and this is far from ideal for the boat angler.
Flat Calm on Vantry
Factor in the cold weather on a stillwater that hasn’t been stocked for some time and you can expect some pretty tough fishing. BUT you can still catch some quality fish like this cracking brownie!
Nice Vantry Brown
These were exactly the conditions that faced me on a very recent trip to Carrigavantry reservoir. My tactic for the fishing session was to set up a 10ft 6wt rod with a full floater and 4 of my own buzzer patterns on a 20ft+ leader. I always have confidence in fishing buzzers on this reservoir no matter what the time of year. The no. 1 thing you have to remember though is to fish these buzzers extremely slow or static.
At times the fishing was really tough with no drift whatsoever. But perseverance and a a little luck where the wind blew ever so slightly (just enough to move the boat along) for about 30 minutes meant I landed 3 browns and 3 bows for the session including the ones pictured above, this brown: