[ May 2009 ]
Deirdre Forde reports that the 2009 Mayfly fishing season was greatly anticipated at the lodge, with everyone wondering if there would be a good mayfly hatch this year.
Thankfully, it was indeed an excellent mayfly with superb hatches amd reports all around the Oughterard area of trout busily feeding on the surface. Dapping proved very successful and for those that like to dap finally conditions were right to do so. Many of our anglers reported numerous sightings of big fish feeding on the surface. It has been some years since such an occurrence has been broadly reported.
What makes mayfly time so special is the loyal group of anglers who come every year and are prepared to accept whatever nature throws at them, including midges, copious amounts of beer and singsongs. One such group are six hardy Welsh anglers who recorded 145 trout for their week, with just 31 retained. The Kiesewetter party had 48 trout with 33 returned. The Pat Doyle trio caught 36 trout and kept 9.
Greame and Alasdair Mc Lauglin were delighted with their few days fishing after recording 10 nice trout. It was very heartening to see upbeat anglers who were adamant about returning as many fish as possible.
The good fishing continued throughout May and it is with all confidence that it can be said that 2009 has been the best mayfly season in the last 8 years.
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