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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!
Mary Miller,
8 Jul 2013, 07:44
Mary Miller,
8 Jul 2013, 07:45