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- Lough Corrib 18 May 2002

This year a group of 18 anglers went to Oughterard, Co. Galwaqy on the shores of Lough Corrib for our annual Mayfly weekend. We arrived there on Friday evening (as usual) with the intention of fishing on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. After the consumption of a few pints of Guinness in the local hotel on Friday night we awoke with our heads feeling a little hazy! Nevertheless, we got down to the lake at 9:15 am and we were all fishing by 9:45 am. This year I was paired with 'chain smoking Malachy' ( a very accomplished angler in all areas). Conditions were perfect for dapping, the sky was overcast and the wind was slightly up. But, for some reason (probably the air pressure!) the fish didn't seem to be very active. Then, just on the stroke of lunch, Malachy struck! I looked over and saw a lovely Corrib brown trout leap out of the water. It's hard to explain the feeling but it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand. And, like the previous year I went onto the lake after lunch with 100% concentration, determined to try my best. I was rewarded with four beautiful trout, the heaviest being 2 lb. Malachy also improved on his morning catch with another three trout in the afternoon. I must say that for their size , these fish are the hardest fighting fish I've ever encountered. The reason for this is that by the time we get to Lough Corrib it's the third week in May and the Mayfly have been hatching in significant numbers for about 10 days, therefore, they're full of food, full of muscle and full of life!

But, unfortunately "mother nature" was to play her part for the rest of our weekend with gale force winds blowing in from the Atlantic ocean.

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