While reports are a bit more sparse this week, with far fewer anglers out fishing, the fishing is far from sparse, with anglers enjoying excellent sport during the Caenis hatch, and indeed, mayfly fishing. While most consider the mayfly season over, there are still good numbers hatching off on some days, and anglers fishing mayfly patterns are still catching fish.
Andrew Shaw from the UK kindly sent on a report from last week’s short visit. “Fishing out of Lisloughrey, Cong I took two old friends out more in hope than anything and was rewarded by some excellent fishing. Robert “Spud” Collery and Adrian Lack both had fish in the bright sunshine on the 10th on dry fly with only one other boat anywhere in sight. On Friday 11th, with odd hatches of mayfly, they took 6 fish up to just under 2lbs in the Inishmicatreer area on both dry and wet fly until we lost all the wind around tea time. We finished with a flourish on Saturday in wonderful weather and wind conditions finding reasonable hatches behind Ardillaun and in front of Cleenillaun in the afternoon, with fishing as good as it gets at the height of the mayfly period in my experience. We boated 8 good fish up to 2lbs, with plenty more juniors – all but two fish for the pot returned. We brought them back on the plane from Knock in one of Spud’s Wellington boots!”
Early risers are being rewarded by good bags of fish, with Caenis hatches in full swing. Settled conditions with light winds suit this type of fishing, with stealth and accurate presentation essential for success, providing a good test of angling skill for the wary wild trout of Corrib. Anglers who can master these skills can enjoy superb fishing at this time of year, and it can be truly amazing to see so many trout rising to these hatches. Anyone who thinks there are no trout in Corrib really needs to get up early some morning for a look!
Mike Holian, from Bayview Angling Centre and B&B near Cong, was again in touch to report on more good fishing for guests. Christoph Quinter, Switzerland, spent a few days spinning and trolling, reporting 12 trout, best 3lbs, releasing all but 2. He also landed 6 pike, best 5 kgs. Hans-Ueli Studerus and Bruno Ruegger led a party of 4 from Switzerland; they fished for 10 days (trolling) and reported 32 trout, best trout 5 lbs. Maggie & David Plum, visiting from England, boated 6 trout over 2 days. Tony Hall, Ballinrobe, had 5 trout for 7lbs over the weekend fishing wet and dry fly.
To book fishing or accommodation at Bayview, contact Mike Holian at 087 2130416 or check www.bayviewangling.com
With settled weather incoming again over the next few days, prospects for Caenis fishing are excellent again, while sedge hatches and mayfly should keep trout interested also. Fishing will probably be best in the morning and evening, with bright conditions during the middle of the day more conducive to having a siesta in between all that excellent fishing!