In my last post I was full of anticipation, thinking ahead of a late Mayfly because of the cold spell we had in April, every thing seemed “topsy turvy” and in a way it was and continued to be so. Mind you Greg did manage to catch a beautiful 3lb trout on the natural fly within an hour of going out one evening in mid May, this just sums up the Mayfly this year it was very patchy.
We did have a great Mayfly festival in Oughterard but our expected visitors i.e. Mayflies were few and far between. Never the less it was a great social occasion with the most loyal of anglers making their annual pilgrimage to our shores. The place was hopping, the weather being more suitable to soaking up the atmosphere in the town than casting a fly on the water.
It was lovely to welcome back our regular anglers, Jim and John from Cork, the Welsh lads, Alasdair and Graeme and the Wathen party who have been coming to us for 18 years now and have booked again for next year as has every one else, convinced that next year will be better as do we!
We had some new anglers stay with us, in particular Nic Lucas who took this wonderful footage of catching a trout albeit not on a fly but we have to forgive him that since conditions were just not suitable for Mayfly fishing
Isn’t it brilliant?
Greg and I took on another challenge last Saturday 28th of May when we cycled the Tour de Conamara an 80 km cycle taking in a beautiful route through amazing scenery. It was a great event and we thoroughly enjoyed it, Thanks too to our angler guests who sponsored us to the tune of €140 which will go to Cancer Care West
Now we are convinced that there will be a good Mayfly hatch in July! if it happens we will let you know , we look forward to the long summer days and hopefully a few nice evening on the Corrib
Greg & Deirdre