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“The early bird gets the worm” on Corrib this week

June 6th, 2018 | by

Mayfly fishing is petering out with this heatwave, with dappers finding it hard to keep fly fresh overnight. Winds have been light variable over the last few days, which hasn’t helped matters, so it looks like that’s it for the first mayfly hatch of the year. Watch this space, however, as in recent years the second mayfly hatch in late July has often produced exceptional sport, with some comparing it favourably to the May hatch. The heat and light winds have brought on Caenis hatches, however, and the early risers have been having tremendous sport. Buzzer and dry olives have also been producing some good fishing.

Ted Wherry of Mayfly Lodge, Ballynalty (tel. 087-4305957)  reports of visiting anglers Peter Dixon and Adrian Harrop from Lincolnshire England having a difficult week’s fishing in the Ballynalty and Ballindiff areas, catching few fish but Peter landed a fine fish of 4.5lbs.


Peter Dixon from Lincolnshire with a nice fish

Peter Dixon from Lincolnshire with a nice fish


In the Oughterard area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Boat boat Hire, Guiding & Self Catering (tel. 087-9604170) reports visiting Swiss anglers Keist Othmav & Franz Kramev landing 6 trout for their visit with fish weighing 1-2lbs. Staying in the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (tel 091-552550) reports excellent fishing on Lough Corrib on Caenis, Dry Olives and Buzzer for those staying at the Lodge. Colin Wright from Belfast for six days fishing had 37 trout, 7 on Caenis the remainder on dry olives and buzzer with the best fish being 4.75lbs. Stephen Richardson had 9 fish for one day all on buzzer. David Johnson had 6 fish for one day, all on buzzer. Colman Counihan had 5 fish on Caenis on Sunday morning last.

In the Cornamona area Tom Doc Sullivan http://www.tomdoc.com guided Neil Carmichael for 6 days and had only one day where Neil did not have a fish, Neil landed 16 fish all on mayfly patterns (8 on wets, 8 on dries) with the best fish being 3.25lbs, and Neil sportingly released all his fish.

Richard Molloy of Ballard Shore Boat Hire & Self Catering (tel. 087-2879339) reports a quieter week gone by due to the bright sunshine conditions but Meath angler Paul Geraghty bucked the trend whilst out trolling over the weekend and landed a fine trout of 12lbs 8oz which he sportingly returned to the lake.


Larry McCarthy from Corrib View Lodge reports exceptional fishing for his early-rising clients. Larry says “I started my 4.30am shifts on Sunday the 27th of May and it has been unbelievable Caenis action every morning since. I guided one client Jeremy for 5 days from Sunday evening last and boated and returned 84 trout with a very high average weight. Thursday our last day together we had 18 trout weighed and released for a 3lb average.

Another Corrib beauty illuminated by the early morning sunlight

Another Corrib beauty illuminated by the early morning sunlight #cprsavesfish


On Friday I spent a few hours with my son John and we had 10 fish to 4.5lbs. Saturday I finished with Ann Mc Williams and she boated 4 good fish on her first Caenis morning, and on Sunday I guided Anthony Quinn, a regular client and friend and he boated 8 good trout on Caenis. The early starts have been great with some incredible sun rises thrown in.


Sunrise on Corrib can be a great time to be on the lake.

Sunrise on Corrib can be a great time to be on the lake.


I’ve been out a couple of mornings myself, and it really is incredible to see the numbers of fish rising all over the bay. Getting close to them, however, is another matter, and it’s a testament to Larry’s skill as a boatman that he can get his clients that number of fish. Other anglers have been having great sport on the other side of the lake, with Harold O’Toole landing 7 good trout in one morning, all sportingly released.


John McCarthy with a fine Corrib trout taken on Caenis

John McCarthy with a fine Corrib trout taken on Caenis


With the settled weather set to continue, and the Caenis hatches just getting started in earnest, “the early bird gets the worm” looks set to be the recipe for success on Corrib over the next week or two.

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