Fly fishing trout on Lough Corrib is different during the second part of the season, when the frenzy of the mayfly is over. The lake goes
relatively quiet for a bit, probably because the trout are stuffed with mayflies. Another
factor is the plentiful food supply of shoals of tiny perch, known as pin-head fry at this time.
Sunset on Lough Corrib, County Galway, Ireland, at Annaghdown
This is a
difficult time for the fly angler, as the trout chase large shoals of these
juvenile fish, scooping them up by the mouthful. Best results at this time can be achieved by
staying away from areas where the fry congregate. Your best bet at this time is
to seek out fish shoaling on daphnia, or take a break from day time fishing and
wait until late evening when you can catch trout feeding on buzzers.
Around mid-July day
time fly fishing improves once again as the trout start to liven up. At this
stage of the season, dapping a Daddy long legs or a live grasshopper can be
a productive and fun way to fish, and is
another traditional way to fish on the Corrib. Localised areas of the lake also
have good sedge fly fishing.
Dry sedge fly imitations.
Sedge flies are the adult stage of caddis larvae,
which resemble small caterpillars, that live in tubular protective cases on the
riverbed. They fashion these cases from stones and small bits of twigs. The
adult flies look a little bit like small moths and there are many different
types of sedge varying in colour and size.
The fly fisher can effectively
imitate all stages of the sedges development, the most popular method being a
dry fly such as a ‘Green Peter’ or a large ‘Murrough’, which are traditional
local patterns. Dusk is an excellent time for sedge fishing, when you can watch
with trembling hands the spectacle of big brown trout ‘hammering’ sedges, as
you fumble in the fading light to tie on an artificial one.
A fine cock trout from Lough Corrib.
Towards the end of the season as autumn approaches, the fly
angler can enjoy action packed fishing once again. Wet patterns can be useful
once again especially when fished along the shore and around the numerous
islands. Good flies at this time include Sooty Olive, Raymond, Bibio, Murrough,
Green Peter, Black Pennell, Claret Bumble and Watson’s Fancy.
Large trout are often
caught at the end of the season, often near river mouths or in rocky shallows
as they prepare to make the journey to the spawning streams. They can be very
aggressive and territorial at this time and will snap at flies that cross their
Anglers fly fishing trout on Lough Corrib are truly spoilt for choice and can enjoy
amazing fishing all season long. As I write this it is late January and my
excitement is starting to build at the thought of heading out on the lake to do
it all again this year!
A brace of trout caught on Lough Corrib.
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