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Duckfly up on Corrib but weather deters anglers

April 5th, 2018 | by

Reports from Corrib are that the duckfly have been hatching off well for the past week, although cold easterly winds have meant the hatch has been localised, with some areas faring better than others. For those not aware of the duckfly, this is a large chironomid midge that hatches in huge numbers at this time of year, ans is the first major hatch on the lakes.

They can be imitated using buzzer nymph patterns, which imitate the sub-aquatic nymph form, buzzer emergers, which imitate the hatching insect in the surface film, or adult buzzers – dry fly patterns imitating the adult fly on the water surface.

Headford angler Conor Ledwith kindly sent us in a short clip of a buzzer nymph that he “rescued” from a trout he caught this week on Corrib – anglers and flytiers may be very interested to see the insect their buzzers are trying to imitate.

 

 

 

Adult Duck Fly

Adult Duck Fly

 

Angling guide and B&B host Larry McCarthy, from Corrib View Lodge www.corribangling.com, reports good fishing since Wednesday last. Saturday was the best day with 10 trout to the boat, although he forecast more challenging fishing this week with the change in weather.

 

Malcolm Patrick with a nice trout during duckfly season 2018

Malcolm Patrick with a nice trout during duckfly season 2018

 

Basil Shiels from Ardnasillagh Lodge (tel. 091 552550) was out on Tuesday, and despite Arctic conditions in a biting easterly, his client landed 8 trout to 6lbs on dry buzzer – a fine achievement in those conditions!

 

A well-fed Corrib wild brown trout caught this week (C&R, photo Larry McCarthy)

A well-fed Corrib wild brown trout caught this week (C&R, photo Larry McCarthy)

Elsewhere, Galway angler and well-known flytier Robbie Pitman landed a cracking trout of 63cm on buzzer from Corrib on Easter Monday, estimated at 6lbs+. The fish put up a great fight on light fluorocarbon tippet, and Robbie showed his skill to land the fish. Conor Ledwith landed 3 fish on dabblers on Wednesday in a nice wave suitable for wetfly (2 returned). Conor was very happy with his short (3 hour) outing, considering he could see snow on Nephin in the distance and it was freezing cold on the lake!

 

Robbie Pitman's 63cm Corrib Trout

Robbie Pitman’s 63cm Corrib Trout

 

With a rise in temperatures forecast for the weekend, I would anticipate a lot more anglers being out, and I hope to have a lot more sport to report next week. Saturday and Sunday are set to be a lot milder, with light variable winds making for perfect conditions for buzzer and dry fly fishing.

 

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