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.
In January the Waterford Reservoirs fished well with some quality trout caught on Knockaderry in particular.
February was a month of fishing shows. First the Hooked Live show in Citywest where I gave a talk on fishing tactics and I also attended the Angling Ireland Expo in Swords. The latter is the only of the two that is going ahead in 2014 but it should be a cracker. I didn’t get much fishing in but I did get a few hours in on Ardaire Springs for the hard fighting rainbows there.
March is a busy month with the Waterford Reservoirs reopening but this year the cold weather just continued.
The River Suir opened for fishing on the 17th but the highlight for me was our annual trip to Lough Corrib for the Duckfly Hatch. In 2013 we hit Cornamona in freezing conditions with no Duckfly to be seen. We wondered if all our early season reservoir fishing in severe conditions might prove an advantage? It certainly didn’t hurt as we caught some cracking wild brown trout.
April started with more really cold weather.
However it was a great month for buzzer fishing on Carrigavantry.
For me the highlight was when the weather picked up enough to take Luke and Leah out on Knockaderry for a few hours. I think there was more time spent having picnics than fishing.
Guiding other people is awesome but taking your own kids out fishing is SPECIAL. The brief session was capped off with one of the nicest fish I have ever landed from that lake. AWESOME!
Stay tuned for Part 2 where I will be reviewing the second 4 months of 2013!