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posted 18 May 2014, 09:37 by Mary Miller   [ updated 20 May 2014, 07:12 by Sue Hunter ]

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Anyone for caenis?

posted 8 Jul 2013, 07:44 by Mary Miller

Where does the time go? It only seems like yesterday that the Mayfly arrived and now they're coming to an end or are they? Paul and I fished the annual Thomas Craven memorial match out of Kilbeg yesterday and had Mayfly hatching in Clydagh bay all day. The conditions were great if you wanted a tan but not so good for fishing with temperatures in the 20's and hardly any ripple but the fly were there and the odd fish would brave the elements and sip down fly. We persevered fishing a single dry Mayfly all day and were both rewarded with a couple of fish and had plenty of offers - we were either to quick, too slow or the fish must have been blinded by the sun! Only a few days before Paul and a guest had lots of fish in the same area pulling wets and in recent weeks this has been the main method for catching. As well as the wet Mayfly patterns the Golden and Claret bumbles on size 12's have been great pattern's and a small Green Peter has also been very effective. The most productive areas have been fishing around Inishanboe and surrounding islands, Ballycurrin bay, through to Greenfields and around Rabbit island. Mostly small fish have been caught just under size in good numbers with some days 25 + released. Larger fish have been caught but not in the same number. Fishing artificial dry Mayfly has been  patchy this year. Some days there have been great hatches but the fish were not up on top taking them. Other days you could fish a dry fly without many of the naturals hatching and you could tempt a fish to take out of the blue - no rhyme or reason to it, I guess that's why it makes it's so interesting, challenging,###### frustrating!! Talking of frustrating but an absolutely incredible sight has been the Caenis hatches (see pic below). Tiny tiny little flys that hatch in the morning mainly in June and the fish go nuts for them. You have to be an early riser to get out and witness the spectacle of the feeding fish frenzy that occurs when they are on the Caenis. Our bay in front of the house and Ballindiff have extraordinary hatches of this fly and the fish come out in their hundreds (no exaggeration) to feed on them literally slurping them from the surface. To catch them is another matter, stealth, accurate casting (that counts me out on both these) and using size 18 - 22 patterns fished singularly with only one angler at a time fishing from the boat. 
A great experience to see the phenomenon that is caenis fishing at 5am in the morning ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

Having had a great day last year on the lower lake at the Screebe fishery I was really looking forward to a return visit this year with my friend Sue. We left a windy Corrib behind and set off for the hills of Connemara. Parking the car at Screebe bridge we set off in the boat. The lough is fairly small so only one boat is normally available to take out. Set in stunning countryside and slightly sheltered from surrounding mountains it makes it an ideal place to fish if the other great lakes of Corrib and Mask are unfishable due to big winds. The fish are plentiful and eager to take almost any fly put in front of them. Traditional wet patterns and any fly with a bit of flash in the dressing picks them up. We had a great afternoon with over 30 little spotties giving us great sport. Not long before we finished I wanted to see if "George" was still lurking in the depths. Last year Trevor the fishery manager on the Screebe had taken me out and told me of this large resident fish who controlled, patrolled a certain area on the lough near a big rock. He rowed me to the area and told me to get ready. Now I thought it was just one of those tales but on my first cast in the area my fly's were followed by a gigantic trout for this size lough and I ran out of arm trying to get him to take at the boat. The last time that year that "George" was caught he was over 8lb! Anyhow back to this year I went on the oars and rowed Sue down the shore side to the big "George" rock telling her the tale. Just as we got to the area and I said "any minute now I will press the button and "George" will come out" Sue hooked into a really large fish! OK it might not have been "George" but it was really funny that she should hook another fine fish in the same spot. Unfortunately he decided to jump hook but we estimated he was well over 6lb!!  We'll be back....................

So now at the Fishing Lodge fishing will be on hold, well during the day anyhow, It's 27 degrees outside and my first swim in the Lough is about to take place. I better warn them in Galway to open up an extra floodgate!

Let the show begin

posted 28 May 2013, 03:03 by Mary Miller   [ updated 28 May 2013, 07:56 ]

Well at long last they're here, what all anglers hope to see when they visit Lough Corrib Fly Fishing at this time of year. They are rather making a late appearance thanks to the weather but at last the May fly are up and the fish are on them. Let me go back a couple of weeks though first and report on the buzzer fishing. One of our regulars Jim had some cracking fish on the buzzer going out with Paul and fishing the areas on the lake that nearly always provide great sport in the right conditions which ideally need to be light winds. They found the most productive areas to be Bungalow bay (through the causeway at Greenfields) and down the lake which is a much favoured spot for buzzer feeders at Burnthouse, around the Galcarrick area and Annaghdown. One of Jim's best fish came at the very end of the day when they had come into Kilbeg pier to moor up for the day and noticed a good hatch of Campo buzzers hatching at the end of the pier. Jim put up a team of three buzzers and fished off the jetty. On his first cast he had a fish over three pound and on his very next cast an absolutely stunning fish of over 4lb! What a great end to a day - good angling!! We have had many anglers who have experienced the buzzer fishing for the first time this year and had great sport - Henry I know it made you smile watching grown men twiddling with the line very delicately and you made me smile saying it looked like they were knitting!!
There has also been a great hatch of olives so far this year although  more fish have been taking a light nymph imitation just under the surface rather than the adult dry but anglers who have been out in the last few days have reported that the fish are now up and seeing good "splashy" rises a good sign that they are taking the adult. 
So now the fish have a good menu to choose from with Buzzers, Olives and as I said at last the May fly. I can see eight boats out in the bay with plenty of gulls working the water always a good sign that the fly are up. The dappers at last can fish with naturals rather than imitations and the recent Mayfly cup match held out of Greenfields was won with 5 good fish on the dap. Team "Lough Corrib Fly Fishing" came second and I had the biggest fish of the day over 3lb. One of the most productive areas being out in Greenfields bay across to Inishanboe and up to Inchagoill. Wet Mayfly imitations seem to be pulling more fish at the moment and Golden Olive dabblers have been working particularly well fished on the top dropper in the last couple of days. Patient dry fly anglers have also been rewarded with green mayfly patterns and the old favourite Grey Wulff.
If the weather gains a few more degrees of warmth, a touch of drizzle and soft winds the show really will begin.

Still Waiting - Patiently

posted 10 May 2013, 04:30 by Mary Miller   [ updated 28 May 2013, 02:02 ]

Here we are not far off the middle of May and still no sign of any May Fly. Hardly surprising with the still cool conditions that seem to be lingering at the moment. What we need is warm damp conditions and I think when we eventually get a few degrees warmer there will be an explosion of fly. There have been some good hatches of Olives this week and the fish have been taking the nymph just below the surface. Guests have been successful fishing small patterns and the most productive areas being Inchiquin bay and Greenfields. The buzzer hatches have slowed down but anglers have also been catching  bigger fish up to 5lb when the conditions have been right. Paul and Jim did very well in the Andrew Egan memorial match held out of Greenfields last weekend. Paul won the competition for the second year running fishing buzzer and Jim came third, fishing dog fly patterns. Jim also had a cracking day this week catching 10 fish in really difficult conditions on Olive nymphs. Today the chaps are off to Mogans and Birchall bay areas I wonder if they'll see any May fly? I think the name should be changed back to it's original - June fly!

Fish of a Lifetime

posted 29 Apr 2013, 09:50 by Mary Miller

Usually by now the fish are up searching for Olives and early May Fly hatching but due to really "off" weather conditions the lake is a few weeks behind and hardly any of these fellows have surfaced yet. We have seen the odd Olive hatching but no where near enough to gain the trout's interest - yet. However we have been having great hatches of the small buzzer and on the day's when anglers have gone out fish have been caught fishing buzzer patterns on size 10's and 12's. Most productive areas have been Burnthouse and fishing the bays and around the islands to Galcarrick, closer to home Rabbit, Kid and Goat islands. One of the best days saw 2 fish over 3lb and a beauty of over 6lb being caught and returned.
Now what about the fish of a lifetime? "The staff" of Lough Corrib Fly Fishing decided to venture out for an afternoon and headed up to Greenfields. There were a lot of buzzer hatching and the wind had dropped providing lovely ripple conditions to fish the buzzer nice and slow. Fish were rising so everything was set for success. After a couple of drifts Paul had a fish on a simply tied black buzzer of 3lb and not to be out done I had one soon after on a similar fly of 3 and a half ( who says size matters). Just before we were about to pack up I had a very, very, very, solid hook up with a very, very heavy fish. It felt the weight of a milk churn and I knew I had never hooked a fish of this size anywhere before. Several times it swam off taking me down to my backing and each time with heart beating faster and faster I managed to get it back to the boat. The film "Jaws" came to mind when the skipper said "we need a bigger boat" only In this case it was the net in question of suitable size. Eventually I got it to the surface, difficult when you've got your fingers crossed and landed the pike. OK so it wasn't a trophy brown trout that I guess we would all like to catch - at least one but it was a fish of a lifetime especially as it was over 20lb and caught and released on a size 10 buzzer on 8lb leader! Certainly a fish that I will remember.

Last weekend a charity match was held to raise funds for Galway Hospice fishing out from the Carrick shore. Even though there were no hatches of upwings a good amount of fish were caught with the most productive method pulling wets. The most productive boat had eight sizeable fish near Inchagoill and quite a few small fish caught and also returned. 

All we need now is for a little warmth to bring the fly on and then it will be all systems go, Paul has just come in from sorting the boats for tomorrow and said that he'd seen some Olives hatching so tight lines to all visitors to Lough Corrib.

Early Days

posted 19 Mar 2013, 05:17 by Mary Miller

Lough Corrib Fly Fishing received it's first guests last week and even though the weather in the main has stayed cold I'm pleased to say they all caught fish while staying at The Fishing Lodge. Frank who came over from Germany enjoyed his first experience of Lough Corrib and Fly Fishing. On his first day he mainly used spinners on the lake which didn't produce any fish but after some fly casting tuition with Paul he fished buzzers and he caught his first ever wild brown trout on a size 12 black buzzer. Mags and Tony had 3 fish on the buzzer with the best fish of 4lb 2oz caught by Maggie on a crisp packet buzzer. Fish are starting to rise and almost like they were celebrating St Patricks day began popping up in the bay in front of the Fishing Lodge.
The fly life hasn't started in earnest but it's encouraging to see fish being caught so early on duck fly imitations. Hopefully when the weather starts to warm in the next couple of weeks we should start to see some great sport (as I write this there are a few flakes of snow falling!)
Hurry up April/May........

Opening day

posted 22 Feb 2013, 02:40 by Mary Miller

All week I had been looking at the forecast, was it going to be amiable  for the 15th. I shouldn't bother really and just do as Billy Connolly does -" put your head outside the door and that's the weather". Eventually the day arrived and we were lucky, a South Westerly and for the time of year "fairly" mild. A week on as I write this it's a different story at least 2 overcoats colder. We went out at 11am and as much as anything we wanted to launch the new boat. I didn't have any champagne handy but did bless the Corrib and all who sail on her with a nip of Whiskey. We decided to stay local, not much point going further a field this time of year. Always plenty of fish in our bay in front of the Fishing Lodge. We did a couple of drifts but Paul decided that with the wind direction it wasn't quite the conditions that he was looking for so we motored round the corner to Clydagh Bay and the water looked perfect with a gentle ripple. We did short drifts onto the bank and worked our way along. 
We fished with Di 3 lines with a minkie on the point and a mixture of wets further up the cast. Paul caught a lovely conditioned fish of about a pound and a half on his top dropper which was a claret bumble. So that was it Lough Corrib Fly Fishing mission accomplished, new boat - very happy with and lunch for the next day. 
All we need now is for the weather to warm up and bring on the fly life and that won't be long.

Counting Down

posted 8 Feb 2013, 02:51 by Mary Miller   [ updated 22 Feb 2013, 02:42 ]

A week today and the season starts. Looking at the Lough this morning I'm just hoping we get the same weather for next week. Gentle ripple with a soft Westerly wind - lovely. It's pretty mild as well so with a bit of luck not too many  layers will be needed. I expect now that I have said this it will be really wild, Northerly gales and 20 layers will be needed before you'll even step outdoors. Well what ever we get we'll be up for it. We have been looking forward to opening day at the Fishing Lodge since the 1st of October and everything is ready for the new season. Engines serviced, boats scrubbed, bring it on! 
All round the lake the various fishing clubs are having their AGM's and we went to Ballindiff anglers meeting last night. Good to catch up with friends and share their anticipation of the fishing to come. During the meeting emphasis was put on boat safety including the importance of wearing life jackets correctly including crutch straps. At Lough Corrib Fly Fishing safety is paramount so checks will be done and re done on all things connected to safety.
Before the outdoor games begin there are a few indoor ones that need finishing ready for our first guests so best get on.
Paul and I would like to wish everyone a great fishing season and look forward to meeting up soon.........

Wet fly days

posted 9 Jul 2012, 13:16 by Mary Miller   [ updated 12 Aug 2012, 02:54 ]

Paul and I have been out a couple of days this week and fished closed to home. In the bay we have had good wet fly conditions and caught a good selection of small, medium and large fish all on wet fly's. On each occasion there was a lack of any fly hatching and no fish moving but pulling a team of small wets got the attention of the fish and we had great sport. I fished a floating line and Paul a five foot ghost tip both lines worked equally well. The most popular fly was the golden olive bumble fished on the top dropper. I changed it's position for a while replacing it with a claret bumble on the top and moving it down a peg. I thought perhaps the fish would still take the top dropper but the claret was ignored and the golden boy was chosen every time. 
There are a lot of salmon in the lake at the moment and we have seen several jumping in our bay close in. Paul also saw one being played and unfortunately lost while he was taking part in the Federation Cup competition being fished out of Cong at the weekend. A good number of trout were caught and money raised went to help with the work of Corrib river preservation. He did quite well and won a days Salmon fishing so hopefully soon I "may" have something  
Next trip out will be an evening visit off the bank to fish sedge imitations just need the conditions to be a bit warmer and calmer. 


posted 29 Jun 2012, 07:27 by Mary Miller   [ updated 28 May 2013, 07:55 ]

Before I get on to salmon I really want to thank my friend Sue Hunter who has, is, and will be helping me with this site! Apart from a broken ankle she is now needing therapy for having to deal with me and my computer nurdness!! 

"If" we get the odd day when you can't fish on the Corrib due to bad weather i.e. white rollers and sea birds flying sideways it may give you the opportunity to go salmon fishing, after all Ireland has some of the best salmon fishing available in Europe and even if the lough is fishable you may like the chance of having a day casting for a freshly run salmon straight from the sea. One of the best spate rivers is less than 40 miles from here, the river Erriff with its famous Aasleagh falls at Leenane. The fisheries board controls an eight mile stretch divided into nine beats all of which are in areas of outstanding beauty.
We will take you over in the morning with a packed lunch and arrange to pick you up later after hopefully meeting a fish or two. The scenery on the way alone is worth the visit. Tackle can be provided. Sue hurry up and fix the leg I owe you a days salmon fishing!

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