I had heard a few times that the western Lough’s can fish well at the end of the season to daphnia feeding fish in the deeps. There can also be a chance of dry fly fishing with sedges and daddies.
With this in mind I contacted my pal and Corrib boatman Tom Doc Sullivan to see if a trip would be worthwhile. Tom really knows his stuff and he told me to make the journey. However I wouldn’t be fishing any of the drifts I had fished on previous trips. It seemed like – go deep or go home!
I was joined by my mate Dave who has also fished the lake before but never at this time of year. Preparation had gone well and I was armed with a Mackenzie FX1 10ft #6 and #7wt. Tom had recommended tying up some bright daphnia patterns to pull on an Airflo Fast Intermediate line. As usual he was spot on.
We didn’t know what to expect but followed Tom’s advice and with good conditions we had great sport catching beautiful wild Irish trout in a fantastic location. 24 trout landed in 2.5days fishing is awesome.
We learned a lot about fishing the lake at this time of year and it was brilliant to have several nice trout take our dry flies.
There is still a month left and the great thing was there wasn’t as many boats out compared to mayfly time. The weather was much milder than some of our early season duckfly and olive fishing trips too.
We will definitely be contacting Tom around this time next year and if prospects are good we will be back.
Recent guided sessions produced some nice spring salmon from the Munster Blackwater river. This season the water levels have been quite high on our local rivers and fly fishing opportunities have been fairly limited. Luckily the weather has been improving and the rivers reached a better if not ideal fly fishing height, particularly in the upper stretches. As a consequence we managed a few very nice salmon.
My guests were using two outfits, one was a 13’7 Mackenzie Atlas rod matched with a Mackenzie Phased Density Shooting Head in Float/Sink 2 and a short leader to a White Francis fly.
The other client used a 15ft Mackenzie FX1 GRAPHENE Rod matched with a Mackenzie Float/S1 shooting head and attached to the business end was a local shrimp fly pattern called Hick’s Bug. The guys were blown away by this kit and when good fish came the were even more impressed.
So some very happy anglers and a nice tackle test was a great result. The river is coming into good order again after the latest flood so fingers crossed for some more action. Tight lines!
Been too busy lately to blog but here’s a quick update on how the fishing has been. We have had a few salmon on the Munster Blackwater from the Ballyduff Bridge Beats with Brendan O Dwyer having 4 grilse on fly yesterday at Ballincurrig and Tony Murtagh having another at Ballyduff Bridge. Most of my guiding in the past week has been for bass and things are improving here with some nice fish from these tides. Tight lines!
A storm raged across Ireland last night and today’s forecast was for gusts of wind to 150kph. Fly fishing – surely not! BUT, Shane and I were committed to fishing Ardaire springs – and opted to brave the elements! When we arrived at Ardaire the wind was howling. There was a little shelter on one side of the lake, and a lot of waves on the other. Shane opted for buzzers on an intermediate line and I decided to fish a bloodworm on a floater. I was first to get amongst the fish.
A nice bow on a bloodworm
This method caught 15 trout for me in the morning which was superb fishing.
Another one falls to the bloodworm
In the meantime Shane had been hitting some very nice fish on his buzzers and seemed happy to be breaking in his new Greys rod.
A nice fish on the new Greys GR50 10ft rod
l moved around the lake trying any likely looking spots and landed a few more really good fish including the belter pictured below.
A super Ardaire Bow
After lunch the fishing continued to be good but did slow a little. I switched to buzzers and had a few more bows and the odd small brown.
As the wind died down and the temperature dropped the fish went deeper and we both switched to mini-lures on sinking lines to try and tempt a few more fish.
Shane into one.
As the light began to fade I managed a few more bows before it was time to tackle down and head home.
Overall it was a great days fishing and worth the trip.