Lough Corrib 2018

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.

2013 – A Review – Part 2

May

By May the fly fishing season had really taken off.  Another trip to Lough Corrib for the Mayfly (although this was a bit patchy) produced some nice trout.

Corrib brace

Corrib brace

Fishing Awareness Day took place at Carrigavantry Reservoir.  Days like this are really important to get youth into our sport.

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A highlight of the day was the entomology workshop by Willie and Martin.

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And the Waterford Reservoirs continued to produce quality trout to buzzers.

June

It was a case of more of the same in June with the arrival of:

Good hatches on the Suir and its tributaries.

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Grilse and seatrout in the Munster Blackwater.

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And Bass (and bass anglers!) in Dungarvan Harbour

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July

In July the reservoir trout turned their attention to Caddis.

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I took part in the Charity Open Day at Ballyduff Bridge that raised a lot of money for the Crumlin Childrens Hospital.

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And helped out a few other associations with casting demonstrations on the Blackwater and Slayney.  It was around this time that I decided to establish Game Fishing Ireland as a an independent local business guiding anglers in the area for:

trout

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salmon

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and sea bass.

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August

August was a busy month with tuition and guiding starting to take off.

I stocked up on some saltwater flies.

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And the bass fishing was tough but rewarding.

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