The season for brown trout on Lough Corrib opens on February
15th and trout are usually caught on fly from the very first day
of the season. However, the best wetfly fishing is at the
beginning of April, for about two weeks, and again during the
Mayfly period, May 16th to 30th.
Dapping the natural mayfly is very popular in late May / early
June. Dapping the grasshopper or daddylonglegs in August /
September is also popular. Wet fly-fishing during the same
months usually gives good results.
Trolling can take salmon and big ferox trout, the salmon from
April onwards and the warmer summer months are often best for
the large ferox trout. In certain areas of the Lough, fresh-run
grilse are caught on fly from about the third week in May.
Dry fly can take plenty of trout during the daytime, even if
trout are not rising freely. Fished on the "blind," it can bring
up excellent trout. Mayfly dry tyings are important, including a
few tyings of the Gray Wulff and Yellow Wulff.
Fishing the wet fly is good on Lough Mask in April and during
the Mayfly period, which is usually from May 20th, or a little
later sometimes, to the first week in June. Wet fly can also be
very productive onwards from the end of July. There are many
areas of the lough where dry fly fishing can take big trout from
May onwards. The lough is famous for dapping the different
natural insects. Trolling for large ferox trout up to 18lb gives
The Clare Rivers produces trout to mainly dry fly on summer
evenings and sometimes during daytime. The Clare flows through
Tuam and into Lough Corrib, on the eastern side near Headford. A
permit from the local angling Club is requires for the Clare
River. There are
stretches of the Clare River, near Tuam and Corofin, where
spinning and worming is allowed for salmon at certain times
only, otherwise its fly-fishing.
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