Stretching over 30 miles from Galway city to Maam Bridge, The Corrib is one of the world’s great game fisheries. With a season that opens on 15 th February, serious wet fly fishing really begins in mid March with the first fly hatches- large chironomids known locally as duckfly. Useful flies are Sooty Olive, Olive Bumble, Cock Robin, Invicta, Green Olive and Claret Olive. This is followed in late April with rises of lake olives with the mayfly hatch beginning around mid May and is the high point of the angling season for wild brown trout. Dapping the natural mayfly is the best and most successful method using a light 15ft rod and dapping the mayfly on the top of the water. During the months of June and July the trout can be on the perch fry and difficult to tempt to the wet fly and so, many anglers go to the Connemara fisheries for salmon and sea trout angling, returning to The Corrib in August and September dapping the grasshopper and daddylonglegs as well as wet flies.
Most anglers use a 10-11ft fly rod and a cast of 3 wet flies with a breaking strain of around 5 lbs. Should the day be calm and warm, it can pay to fish a dry fly and also during the summer months inthe evening from around 9.00p.m. there can be a good hatch of fly and fish feeding on them.
Given the size of Lough Corrib, it is a daunting task for a newcomer to its waters to know where to
fish and its pays to hire an experienced fishery guide that will provide the angler with an enjoyable and safe day out.
As a qualified angling guide, I have boats at Curra on the lower part of the lough and is a good area for early season fishing of the duckfly and olives. Also during the summer months for late evening or early morning angling.
For the Mayfly I have a boat mid way up the Corrib at Birchall.
Keeper’s Cottage is a well-appointed property in the grounds of Fermoyle Lodge accommodating 4 people with a kitchen/diner, living room and two bedrooms (a double and a kingsize which can be split into two singles). There is also additional accommodation for 4 further guests in the self-contained ‘mews’ where there are two double ensuite bedrooms. Minimum stay 3 nights from 110 Euro per night for the cottage and 45 euro per bedroom per night in the mews. Please contact Mary Walsh firstname.lastname@example.org
Costello Lodge: www.costelloelodge.com
Situated beside the river estuary, this is a beautiful 5 star Edwardian residence originally designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens as a fishery lodge as it was connected then to the Costelloe Fishery when built. Its first owner was Bruce Ismay of the White Star line and owner of the Titantic. The property is steeped in history and capable of accommodating up to 16 people.
Please contact 00353 87 2260065 or email@example.com for details of availability and prices.
Peacockes at Maam Cross, Connemara H91 P798 is a 25 bedroom hotel. It is just a short journey of 20 minutes from the fishery and is a convenient place to stay and enjoy an evening meal after a day’s fishing. It also offers easy access to Lough Corrib.
Contact : 00353 91 552306 , firstname.lastname@example.org or check out their web site: www.peacockes.ie
There is many other B&Bs’ and Air B&Bs’ in the surrounding areas of Rossaveal and Carroroe.