Hi Colin lovely tie and a great blog there's some work putting that together very interesting could I be cheeky and ask you some advice I see you fish lough Conn I was asked by a mate who is fishing in a comp first week in May to tye him a dozen or so flys I have a general idea what he would need but wondering is there a few patterns that would be go twos you can't beat local knowledge would love to get down to fish myself sometime thanks Grahame ..
Hi Grahame. First week in May can be a tricky time. The first of the mayfly will be hatching but the fish tend not to be 'on' them just yet. There will be olives hatching but they don't hatch in big numbers on lough Conn. If pushed I would go with:
Connemara Black, Silver Dabbler, Raymond, Claret Bumble, Green Peter (red arse), Pearly Bibio, Invicta (tied with a red wool tail), Sooty Olive Bumble. Golden Olive Bumble (with a small orange tag), Olive Sedgehog, Light GOB (usual tie but with a guinea fowl hackle dyed yellow instead of blue) and a red sedge pattern.
I will post the tying for the Sooty Olive Bumble here soon.
Hope that helps!
Thanks Colin really appreciate that I would have some of those but plenty to get on with lol suppose you'd go with a few Mays in case would you tie with 10s or 12s or a mixture I read somewhere Conn trout take smaller flys than some loughs but that could be rubbish lol
12s are generally better than 10s to be honest but the best idea would be to tie up some of each. Even when the trout on Conn are mopping big mayfly duns they seem to prefer small size 12s. Yellow or Green Wulff are good dry patterns for Conn too.
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