You have joined me on the adventure of fly fishing Irish Lough Corrib (below) during the very early season.
Now the 'craic' really gets going with buzzers such as duckfly in March and April. This is the first bit of real excitement for fly- fishermen during the fishing season. Read all about the duckfly here!
The Duckfly typically hatch during the day when the sun is
at it’s warmest.
The hatches occur largely in areas sheltered from the
prevailing westerly wind. The flies hatch in huge clouds with the swarms often
being mistaken for smoke from a distance.
They are referred to as ‘duck flies’,
because they hatch in such abundance that the ducks scoop them up in great
mouthfuls from the surface of the water.
Duck fly hatch out from big underwater holes known as ‘duck fly
holes'. These are large underwater holes with a muddy bottom and plenty of weed
growth. The eggs hatch under the mud and the larval stage of the fly, known as
the bloodworm, wriggles about on the bottom. There, it undergoes a transformation to
become the swimming pupa which ascend to the surface in great numbers.
Once at the
surface, the pupa’s wing case pops open, and is now known to anglers as an
‘emerger’. The adult fly now pops out and flies off for cover in a hedge,
returning later to the lake surface to mate and reproduce, starting the cycle
again as the eggs drop down to the lake bottom. I’m proud to say my biggest
trout so far on the fly was caught on a duck fly ‘emerger’.
At just under five
pounds he made my heart sing! I was grinning from ear to ear for the rest of
the day. If you are lucky enough to know the location of a ‘duckfly hole’, you’ll
have great fishing, especially when imitating the pupa stage of the fly. Access
to local knowledge saves a lot of time searching. Spending the day with an
experienced Corrib angler or engaging the services of a guide or ghillie is invaluable.
Try using an epoxy buzzer for fly fishing Irish lake Lough Corrib during March and April.
The practice of fishing imitations of the pupa stage of the
fly has become popular in recent years, with patterns called skinny buzzers
suspended stationery over a duck fly hole. These imitations look uncannily like
the real thing. The invention of the epoxy buzzer has revolutionized buzzer
fishing. These modestly tied flies are finished off with a covering of epoxy
resin which gives them a durable slick coating which resembles the exoskeleton,
making for an excellent imitation of the real thing. The smooth epoxy covering
also helps them to penetrate the surface film and gives that little bit of
extra weight, helping them to sink faster.
The duck fly hatch allows for a wide range of fly fishing methods.
Bloodworms, Pupas, emergers, adults and egg-laying females provide varied
choice for the fly fishing enthusiast.
Small, thin and sparsely dressed black wet fly patterns such as this wet duckfly shown above work well at this time for fly-fishing Irish Lough Corrib, for example Black Pennell, Connemara Black, Peter Ross, Black and Blue, Sooty Olive
among others are also successful, with the flies being retrieved very slowly. One
can also use a small black dry fly to imitate the egg-laying female. It works
well to keep this dry fly moving.
I recently tried and had success fishing with the ‘balling
buzzer’ pattern like the one shown on the photo underneath. This is a large fuzzy looking pattern which is used to imitate
a mass of male flies which have surrounded a single female in an attempt to
mate with her. The ball of flies bounces enticingly on the surface triggering
an enthusiastic response from the trout.
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