Jackie Mahon writes from his blog at jackiemahonfliesandguiding.com

Well after that crazy April weather, it has been a mad few weeks since on the water and I am only getting around to doing the May blog now.

The fishing on Lough Arrow and Lough Melvin has just been outstanding most days for the month of May, with an overall average of 5 fish per day, there certainly have been some happy anglers in the boat. Both the green Mayfly and Spent has produced some lively sport at times and some great lumps in the mix as well.

On the downside I witnessed myself some of the bad manners that has arrived to the shores of Lough Arrow, with boats cutting you off on drifts that you were on and pushing in on top of you when you are at a corner of a island waiting for the spent to fall. On one occasion there was a boat so close to me I thought they wanted to have tea with me in the boat, but that is enough giving out. It is in the best interests of everyone that we maintain some sort of good manners while on the lake, slow down while navigating between drifts, and give plenty of space between boats. Trout are easily spooked and once they are “off” that’s it for the day for everyone.

Let’s get back to talking about the fishing. The Mayfly came early this year and the fishing was brilliant, two over seas anglers from the UK had 17 fish in 3 days fishing with us on both dries and wet fly, a few days later I had my great friend over from Scotland Ewan MacGregor and his son Alan and over the 4 days we landed over 20 fish from 1.5 up to 5lbs. The weather again this year caused some problems with winds again turning around to the north and east which affected the greens and the Spent fishing but we still managed to catch some fish. When the weather eventually came right, the Spent came and boy was it good. There were fish moving and feeding hard on the Spent. One of my clients lost the fish of a lifetime, well over the 10lb mark.

The following day I was guiding Ewan and Chris in the same area when Ewan hooked a Lough Arrow large brown on one of my Fulling Mill signature Spent. After a long hard fight we landed him and we weighed him in at 7lb 10, he was safely returned and swam away hopefully to give another angler the enjoyment of catching him again.

Later in May I had the pleasure of guiding Giorgio from H2O magazine who was doing an article on fishing on Lough Arrow. Thankfully we managed to get him a few Trout. I was honoured to be asked to write an article on the Lough Arrow and also a piece on Irish style Lough flies. It will be coming out later on in the year so keep an eye out for that. I also had the opportunity to do a Mayfly update for the Ireland on the Fly podcast with Tom and Daire.

My guiding turned to Lough Melvin for the last week of May and again the Mayfly was up and going well, some days landing over 10 fish which were mostly caught on my range of Stimulators and Mayfly. At the very end of May we had early starts and the beginnings of the Caenis fishing… but Caenis fishing is another story.

On a sad note before I finish my blog, we lost a dear friend in May Ruth Mettler. I had the pleasure of fishing with Ruth on many occasions and we became great friends. She will be sadly missed amongst the fishing community of Kinlough anglers.

Tight lines.


Go fishing…

You can purchase some of my patterns in the new Fulling Mills brochure for 2023 which will be out soon.

For guided fishing please do not hesitate to contact me as there are still some dates available for 2023.

Jackie Mahon Flies and Guiding

Address Barnadearg Grange Sligo F91HW68 Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 9222458 Website: jackiemahonfliesandguiding.com

Trout fly fishing on Lough Arrow