Lough Corrib

mattcullen

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I think most guys are using intermediates, Kelly Green seems real popular. We used them at the start of the month but last Saturday I switched to a floater, not that it mattered much, and tomorrow I will start with a floater as well. Maybe a tip to get it down a few inches. But depends on the fish, maybe they are rising and I can fish dries all day :)
When you say a tip do you mean adding an intermediate tip? Might try that myself next time. Is it awkward to cast? Good luck tomorrow

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Has anyone a pic of the octopus. I remember it as a salmon fly. Is there a trout dressing?
here's a link to one. I was looking it up myself:

Irish Fishing Flies by Frankie Mc Phillips : FLY: Octopus (Yellow)
 

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Just back from 3 days on Corrib - weather was ok - a bit bright at times but conditions were good at times also. Didn't find any big hatches but some areas had a steady trickle of fly . Any time we found found rising trout we got them - land the fly in front of them and they nailed it - every time.
The problem was , as others have said , the fish were small - didn't see a decent fish for the whole 3 days - biggest fish of the many we caught was about 1.25 pounds.
There was, of course, reports of better fish caught , but most anglers we met all had the same story - lots and lots of small fish .
Seems that most of the better fish are still feeding on Buzzer.
Still enjoyed my 3 days though - Corrib is just a beautiful place to be.
If the fishing was always easy then maybe it would lose some of its magic . Corrib trout are a bit like women - we'll never fully understand them.:D
 

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Just back from 3 days on Corrib - weather was ok - a bit bright at times but conditions were good at times also. Didn't find any big hatches but some areas had a steady trickle of fly . Any time we found found rising trout we got them - land the fly in front of them and they nailed it - every time.
The problem was , as others have said , the fish were small - didn't see a decent fish for the whole 3 days - biggest fish of the many we caught was about 1.25 pounds.
There was, of course, reports of better fish caught , but most anglers we met all had the same story - lots and lots of small fish .
Seems that most of the better fish are still feeding on Buzzer.
Still enjoyed my 3 days though - Corrib is just a beautiful place to be.
If the fishing was always easy then maybe it would lose some of its magic . Corrib trout are a bit like women - we'll never fully understand them.:D
Nice one Ian, did ye fish the buzzers at all or just stick to the dries?
Hoping to fish it next Friday if the weather plays ball.
There's definitely something about the place that keeps drawing you back. I was telling people in work I was up there fishing last week and they couldn't get their heads around me travelling all the way up there, fishing all day and catching one small fish and then wanting to go back. Think your bang on the money with the comparison with women! Doesn't make sense but there ye go. Off sea fishing in Kilmore Quay this weekend for a tonic. I'll hoik a loadda pollock and mackerel (maybe a few cod if I'm lucky) outta the sea but I'll still be dreaming of my trip up to Corrib next week!It's a sickness!
 

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Nice one Ian, did ye fish the buzzers at all or just stick to the dries?
Fished mostly dries apart from 2 hours on buzzer yesterday , initially wind was light and had a fish on my second cast - thought I was in for a cracker of a day. 30 mins later the wind got up and made controlling the drift a bit tricky. There were 4 other boats in the area fishing buzzers - didn't see anyone getting fish and they all fooked off once the wind got up - we persevered for a while but as there was plenty of wind and cloud cover we went looking for Mayfly . Had plenty of smallish fish on dry Mayfly patterns for a couple of hours but late in the afternoon it got very bright and we packed up about 6 pm.
 
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The place is magical doesn't matter what the weather throws at you, how many fish are laughing at the your flies when it comes together its something you never forget. Out in early June hopefully the hatch is not over by then.
 

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This week the weather was a ******, always off and not quite right.Next week looks to be an improvement in temperature.Hope to get a break from these westerlies and get some gnat fishing

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Just back from 3 days, talking to lots of anglers and the same story across the board. Lots of small fish, the odd one good size a day. The dap being the most effective. I probably had 12-15 small trout Saturday dapping, then one 2lb'er in the middle. Amazing to have so many anglers with consistent stories. The 13in + Trout are just not interested, that lake needs a few floods into it to stir things up get the water temp's down, the lake felt warmer than the air temperature.
 

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Just back from 3 days, talking to lots of anglers and the same story across the board. Lots of small fish, the odd one good size a day. The dap being the most effective. I probably had 12-15 small trout Saturday dapping, then one 2lb'er in the middle. Amazing to have so many anglers with consistent stories. The 13in + Trout are just not interested, that lake needs a few floods into it to stir things up get the water temp's down, the lake felt warmer than the air temperature.
Is it very unusual to get a lot of small fish on Corrib? Only fished it a few times myself. Normally when I see reports I get the impression folk tend to catch 1 or 2 trout between 1lb and 2.5 lb or so. Maybe they just don't mention the tiddlers!
 

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Is it very unusual to get a lot of small fish on Corrib? Only fished it a few times myself. Normally when I see reports I get the impression folk tend to catch 1 or 2 trout between 1lb and 2.5 lb or so. Maybe they just don't mention the tiddlers!
You will always get some small fish but not in these numbers.
When you see the numbers of small trout that we are seeing right now it means the 1lb+ trout are not out there competing with the small fish, they are happy to let them feed near the top.
A normal day in May with the weather I have fished in, should get you 5+ trout over a pound with a couple over 2lb etc. You will get a smaller sprinkling of trout under a pound but they are normally squeezed out of it by their bigger brethren.
Right now it seems only the small fish are interested in whats going on at the top of the lake, the bread and butter mayfly fish (1lb +) are nowhere to be seen.
 

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Interesting, cheers for the reply. I'm hoping to fish it Friday so if I do will let you know how I get on, not that that would necessarily be any reflection on how well it’s fishing. So is your thinking that the warm water is basically making the bigger fish lethargic?
 

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I was on Corrib last week - Struggled to get fish on the dries, Dap was most effective - Best fish 2 lbs most were under 1lb - decent amounts of May fly - but the lake is rotten with Buzzers !!! There everywhere
 

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I was on Corrib last week - Struggled to get fish on the dries, Dap was most effective - Best fish 2 lbs most were under 1lb - decent amounts of May fly - but the lake is rotten with Buzzers !!! There everywhere
Are many fish being taken on buzzers do you know? Weighing up whether to bother fishing it this Friday or not if it's calm and hot (again!!)
 

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Are many fish being taken on buzzers do you know? Weighing up whether to bother fishing it this Friday or not if it's calm and hot (again!!)
They were 2 weeks ago, my friends had some fish up to 4lb but had some blanks in 5 days fishing , but funny thing a well known top guide passed me by Devinish Island on Saturday morning on his way down the lake Buzzer fishing with a couple of clients. They apparently blanked. I dont like naming names especially with second hand information but if he blanked then the buzzer fishing must be over.

There is hot weather coming in, and Saturday morning there were Caenis hatching as the shucks were on the boats, so maybe you can do that Friday morning ? around 4:30AM :)
 

mattcullen

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They were 2 weeks ago, my friends had some fish up to 4lb but had some blanks in 5 days fishing , but funny thing a well known top guide passed me by Devinish Island on Saturday morning on his way down the lake Buzzer fishing with a couple of clients. They apparently blanked. I dont like naming names especially with second hand information but if he blanked then the buzzer fishing must be over.

There is hot weather coming in, and Saturday morning there were Caenis hatching as the shucks were on the boats, so maybe you can do that Friday morning ? around 4:30AM :)
Don't think I'm ready for that ! Nah, am up in Galway Thurs anyhow so was considering staying over to fish Corrib Friday. Will just pray for wind and if not , take a cast on a river somewhere Thurs evening and head back to Dublin. I hear Cong Canal is a good spot. At least there's plenty of trout in Corrib, even if small. As other posters have said, has to bode well for the future
 

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despite good hatches of fly, the trout on Derg were similarly disinterested.Hoping the change in weather tomorrow will kick start a change in mood.Dour best describes the last week

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My Mate is still on Corrib - fishing to wet and dry mayfly has improved over the last few days, he is seeing a lot more trout on the surface, might be another week left in the May fly, but the Ceanis is not far away. I hope to get up to Sheelin at the weekend but I hear things are slow enough there too.
 

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Hi All,
Was on Corrib (Dooras area) last weekend with very similar results to others here of mainly small fish met and the dap being the most effective method but no real hatches of note. Largest fish just under a pound. I'm down again this Friday and Saturday but weather looks like it might not play ball. Any reports over the last few days?
 

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^ Good luck today, bring the spinning gear.

I have heard the hatch has peter'ed out, to be expected I suppose. Now the post-mortem begins, where were the bread and butter Mayfly 1lb to 2lb trout ?
 
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