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.