Fly anglers on Corrib are eagerly awaiting the first big hatch of the year, the duckfly. This large buzzer starts to hatch in mid-March, with hatches peaking in the last week of the month most years. A few small buzzers were spotted over the weekend, but it looks like next week at least before the main hatch gets underway.

In the meantime, anglers trolling and lure fishing have enjoyed good sport in between the spells of inclement weather. Angling guide Damien Culliney, who guides on Lough Derg and Co. Clare, took a trip to Corrib with his friend John for a short session. They had 3 fish to the boat, all on lure.

Damien Culliney with one of the trout caught on lures
John with a lovely trout taken on lure

Tomi Kurman (Tomi Guided Fishing) has had a few guests out this week and he has been putting them on some great ferox trout as usual.

A nice ferox trout
A fine ferox for obne of Tomi’s guests

Jasper Mathews from Wild Atlantic Angling Experiences was also on the lake with a camera-shy lady friend, and she landed 2 fine trout, both just under 3lbs, taken on the troll in touch conditions. Jasper currently has availability for guided fishing in March, April and May and is taking bookings now.

Jasper holding Steph’s nice trout

The duckfly hatch should be making an appearance very soon, more fly anglers will be dusting off their rods and firing up the outboard, and we look forward to more reports soon.