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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.