Archive for January, 2011

Pike update and NZ flies…

January 26th, 2011 No comments

Not much news on the pike front this week.. My boat is moored on the Bealnabrack River in Maam in North Connemara, about a mile upstream of Lough Corrib. It was -7c on Friday night and on Saturday the river was frozen all the way to the lake. The ice was up to an inch thick in places! I drove my old lake boat through the ice all the way to the lake causing only minimal damage to the hull. The lake was ice free but the cold seemed to turn the pike off completely. Am i right in thinking extreme cold will put pike off feeding? I realise people ice fish for them so maybe its a localised occurrence. Such low temperatures are new to Ireland but i have a feeling these cold winters are here to stay! I never came into contact with a pike all day. Its entirely possible that there were very few pike where I was fishing! I’ll be out again next weekend. I hope its warmer and the fish are on!

In the mean time, here is what I prepared for NZ last season. If anyone is planning a trip out there this will give you some idea as to what sort of flies to tie. They worked well in Tasmania too with the addition of some beetle patterns.

Take tomorrow off work and go fishing!

Stuntman Ronan..

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Corrib Pike

January 20th, 2011 No comments

Today I did a days work, then came home to wash the motherload of dishes. After putting down a fire and having dinner I decided it’s time for a blog… Its been nearly a year since my last one!

This year my plan is work hard to fund my next fly fishing mission abroad and to fish hard for whatever is available locally. At the moment its Pike. Lough Corrib is only 40 mins away so thats where I put my boat in. I’ve been out 3 times in conditions varying from howling gales to flat calm and sunny. Its all fairly new to me, tying huge flies, wondering what colour use, what depth to fish them at and where, etc… The best way to learn is to get out there, explore and experiment…

John and I are heading out again this Saturday. The next blog will be about either Pike handling, Big pike (hopefully big pike) or flies.. or all three! Until then, Tight Lines…

Stuntman Ronan..

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