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Corrib warms up for the mayfly

May 3rd, 2018 | by

Lough Corrib is seeing small hatches of olives at the moment, but wet fly fishing and buzzers are taking most fish. No big sign of mayfly yet, and with the whitethorn bush still showing no sign of flowering, it may be another while yet. Weather over the past week has ranged from sunshine and flat calm to driving rain and wind, with some frosty nights thrown in for good measure. It is still unseasonably cold and everything appears to be a few weeks behind this year.

Mary Miller from Lough Corrib Fly Fishing was in touch with a report on fishing for some guests last week.

Visiting anglers from England, Paul Smithson and Greg Simpson fishing out from the Fishing Lodge, Lough Corrib Fly Fishing with ghillie Greg O’Donoghue caught three splendid trout with a total weight of over 16 lb!

The first fish was over 3lb the second over 4lb and then this beauty of 7lb 10oz!

Paul Smithson with his 7lbs 10oz Corrib trout

Paul Smithson with his 7lbs 10oz Corrib trout

 

All caught on size 12 buzzer’s in the Limnagh area.

Two other anglers out from the lodge on the same day had four fish for 8lbs on size 14 dry olives and size 12 buzzers near Kid and Goat Islands.

 

Greg Simpson with a lovely trout off Corrib

Greg Simpson with a lovely trout off Corrib

 

Gary Costelloe from Lakelands Angling Centre, Portacarron (tel. 091 552121) was also in touch reporting on fishing for some guests.

Bright sunshine, no wind and cold air made fishing hard for the Aberaeron Angling Club’s annual Corrib outing. John Davies , Conrad Jones ,Brian Hughes and Geoff Churton battled hard on Corrib for three days catching a total of 7 trout.

The best of these was a fine fish of 4lbs 14 oz, caught by Geoff Churton on a Sooty Olive.

Geoff Churton caught this chunky 4lbs 14 oz Corrib trout

Geoff Churton caught this chunky 4lbs 14 oz Corrib trout

 

Corr na Mona Anglers held their annual Hospice Pairs Competition on Sunday, in tough conditions, with flat calm in the morning giving way to cold northerlies and thundery showers after lunch. The winners on the day were Gerry Dixon and Johnny Faherty from Oughterard. Well done to all who took part and raised money for the hospice, and a big thank you from the competitors to the sponsors, who included Airflo, Lough Inagh Lodge, Mick Hegarty, Tom Doc Sullivn, Eamon Gavin, Kevin Kerrigan,  Dorrie Gibbons, Costelloe & Fermoyle Fisheries, Connacht Angling Council, Tí Bhurca, Brendan Lynch and Treacey’s Pharmacy.

 

Martin Kinneavy of the host club with Gerry Dixon and Johnny Faherty, 2018 winners

Martin Kinneavy of the host club with Gerry Dixon and Johnny Faherty, 2018 winners

 

The forecast for the week ahead is a gradual improvement, with some real warmth coming by the end of the bank holiday weekend. Water temperatures are still hovering around 9 degrees C, and could do with some warm weather to bring on the mayfly and olive hatches. The next few weeks usually sees the cream of the fishing on Corrib, and we hope to have a lot more to report then.

 

Sunset from The Fishing Lodge at Clydagh (photo: Mary Miller)

Sunset from The Fishing Lodge at Clydagh (photo: Mary Miller)


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