Fly Fishing in May on Irish Loughs

Fly Fishing in May, on Irish Loughs

Some recent photos along with some useful tips for fishing for wild Browns or "Butter Bellies" as we call them on Irish loughs.

33342755 1066002696880302 1825019496281145344 n

Conditions play a very important role when fishing Greene fly or Duns on Loughs. I find best conditions are when its raining and windy. This stops flies, after hatching, getting off water too quickly and Trout get a chance to feed well.

received 1065997466880825

If it's bright sunshine the flys will just hatch and away. If you have long periods, days of good sunshine, it can become very hard to get good fishing. Best bet in these conditions is to wait for spent flys to fall in evening.

33477491 1066001766880395 1202364919010295808 n

Anglers sometimes miss a hatch or think there hasn't been one. Always make sure to check bushes and trees for spinners. Anglers often expect to see lots of action in the form of splashy rises, the truth is that most of time this is not so. I've seen big trout taking greene fly off the top and making a ring no bigger than china cup.

33413478 1065996826880889 3614145379638968320 n

In Kingsmill Moore's book "A Man May Fish" he refers to a fellow angler who has an eye like a "Traveling Rat" sometimes that's just what you need.

33515031 1066003726880199 1655302218607230976 n

Wind conditions play an important role in deciding where to fish. Watch for the direction the flies are being blown. If you get a lot of greene fly just follow them to shore line and you'll have a good chance of a fish.

33432200 1066002980213607 2515403010570452992 nSimilarly you can have some great fishing but the following day the wind changes. You'll be no good staying in the same place, follow the wind and find where they're feeding.

33596114 1066001500213755 4927342264729993216 n

Personal preference is long tapered leader 18ft to 6lb tippet 2 flies 6ft apart oiled and pulled across a big wave. On a bright calm day I'm happy to dibble with just the one fly.

33576472 1066004430213462 6582420638231691264 n

Tight lines!

If you would like a GAIA Instructor to help you put theory into practice, use Find An Instructor below to get in touch with your local GAIA instructor and have a chat about your requirements.  

Enter a city, town, place or postcode into the box below to find nearby GAIA Instructors.


logo footer 250

The Game Angling Instructors' Association

Get in Touch

GAIA Admin