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  1. #1021

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    Been out today from 10.30 until 3.00 (Doorus). Lovely warm South wind strong enough to put up a decent wave. I had 3, all keepers with the biggest just about 2lbs, but only kept one for eating.

    All were caught on size 12 dabblers. The first 2 on a sooty olive dabbler and the 3rd on a dark olive dabbler.

    With the amount of mayfly shuck on the water and the lack of rising fish, they must have been taking the mayfly nymph.

    Roll on tomorrow for another go.

  2. #1022

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    Been on Corrib North and South of Rabbit Island today and yesterday. Had 3 keepers between 2 of us. Seen plenty mayfly today but no fish taking them. All 3 fish on dry patterns of mayfly and olives.Heard there was fish been taken on buzzers but I never fish them. Wet flies were useless. Boats moving all day.

  3. #1023

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    Any further updates from the last few days? Doesn't sound like the fish have turned fully on to the mayfly yet.... I'm on Corrib (around Doorus) for 3 days from Friday. Slightly concerned about the weather being forecast but I've no choice as it's the only window I have. Any words of wisdom other than bring sun factor?

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    Just back from 3 days on Corrib - fished the Greenfields / Inishmacatreer area and one trip out to Inchagoill - Sunday was tough with very few Mayfly where we fished, and we had to fish hard for a couple of fish despite good weather conditions. Monday was better with a steady trickle of Mayfly in most areas and we had 17 trout between 1 and 2.5 pounds to the boat - all on dry Mayfly patterns. Tuesday was very hot and sunny but we managed 5 trout to the boat on dry Sedge and Mayfly patterns - lost a few fish too.

    Very sunny for the next few days - Buzzers may be the best option.
    When all else fails , a running kick in the b0ll0x will often work wonders !!!

  5. #1025

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    Folks can anyone tell me about this "CAENIS" fishing??

    From what I know the following apply:

    • Early Start (on the lake by 5am)
    • Small flies size 18 and smaller?
    • Light gear, 4# weight line and <5lbs cast?
    • 1 fly per fluorocarbon cast?

    Can anybody add to the above?

    What conditions are required?

    Also, v important, where abouts does this hatch of fly happen, is it in deep or shallow water, reedy or rocky? I've heard of Saddle Island; does anyone know where that is?

    FYI: My boat is in Greenfields…

    Hoping to give it a throw some morning late next week.

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    Hi,

    The fly will hatch over any water under 10ft deep. But bigger hatches over shallow marly bottoms.
    I fished it last week and blanked, same set up as you described. Other years I have been more successful, I am up again next week so hoping for better luck.

    Its not easy fishing, and I think you might be better off going with Larry McCarty and learning from him, I have fished it for yrs and after last week I think I need a refresher course.

    So you need calm, cloudy conditions from 4am onwards to 7:30AM. Small flies, I fish one as with 3lb line it cant take many knots. I use an electric engine as you can not make any noise in the boat, and keep movement to a minimum. Wading from the shore is quite successful.
    Persevere and expect to blank, but you will see lots of fish feeding to keep you going.

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    According to Larry you don't need to go down to smaller than 16 or 18 but you do need a fine tippet. The Irish Angling Update reports one of Larry's guests having 85 trout over 5 days and they were seeing hundreds of fish but it's all over by 8am. They're then stuffed and in cloudless blue skies and no wave are very uncooperative for the rest of the day.
    “There is no more lovely country than Monmouthshire in early spring. Nowhere do the larks sing quite so passionately, as if somehow inspired by the Welsh themselves. There is a blackbird on every thorn and a cock chaffinch, a twink as they call him there, on every bush...... It moved me profoundly. I had been spared to see another spring, and I thank God for it.”

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    I usually tie my caenis patterns on a b160 side 14 hook. Looks more like a standard size 16, just wider gape. Really it probably represents a small cluster of fly. It's rarely refused if it's on the fishes lline. I usually use 2 flies, the bob is more of a sighted, tied a bit bigger on the same hook. I keep maybe 30 inches between the two flies. Otherwise can be hard to spot the tiny tail fly at 20 metres.. I use 4lb grandmax tippet. Think it's 0.13mm

    Cheers
    JJ

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    On Sunday on Oughterard Bay they were feeding hard on spent Caenis until 12pm. It was 20c + little ripple and blue skies. Trout are funny, you wouldn't expect to see them in that weather feeding hard ont he top. They refused every pattern I threw at them.

  10. #1030

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    I forgot to update this thread!

    So, I made my "maiden" Caenis voyage on June 6th. Arriving in Greenfields at 04:45 I met another local whom ghillie whom knew the lie of the land and informed me that I didn’t need to travel far, simply push out from the shore in Greenfields Bay and as the light wind was N.E.E that would push me out further into the bay. He shared two flies, one which was to be used on the dropper, same was primarily used as a strike indicator and the tail fly was to be no further than 24” from the dropper. He also noted that we were early as there was no fly dancing. Right enough it wasn’t until 05:45 that the first of the fly appeared. I pushed off from the shore and out of the harbour as did the ghillie and his client. I sat back and watched these guys and their approach, they were a “well-oiled machine”, the ghillie positioned the boat with the bow downwind, thus exposing as little of the boat to the soon to be oncoming feeding trout and allowing him to get the boat in position quickly and quietly. WHICH IS KEY. There was no unnecessary false casting, their presentation was quick and precise, it wasn’t long until I could see a pod of fish feeding in front of them, they were feeding so quickly, maybe a dozen trout staying on the surface and absolutely nailing the fly. I could see that the challenge for me would be trying to keep up with the fish, same problem was not an issue for the other gents, they shortly hooked and from what I could hear broke in a nice trout.

    I was now ready to have a craic at it myself, I positioned my boat into the wind and with the aid of both oars and an electric engine I managed to keep inline and as quiet as possible. Sure enough it wasn’t long before the next pod of fish starting feeding in front of me, I stayed quiet and as they neared the boat I was ready and my made my first cast made which I made an absolute balls of, too much adrenalin. Opportunity missed! From then until 10:30 I spent stalking pods of fish, which came on frequently despite the then bright hot sunshine, I landed 3 trout, none of which were huge; the biggest was max 1.75lbs. I would say the average size of fish were circa pounders, certainly not many PB’s. Perhaps that’s reflective to my location?? Anyhow a well worth visit, I’ll be back next year and will try and rope in someone to share the boating / fishing with me to have a better chance of covering fish.

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    Sunrise on Corrib, photo taken @ 05:33

    Any reports from the lake now?? Has the “second hatch of mayfly” started?? I’m itching to get out for a day’s dapping the daddy and grass hopper!!

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