This month with Erne going a bit quiet for me I have moved over to Lough Melvin.
With a nice overcast day with only a hint of light comming through it was perfect conditions for the lake.
One of the monthly fly subscribers Trevor had asked me to show him the loughs in the area. Trevor is new to fly fishing and keen to learn about lough fishing.
This time of year Melvin can throw up a surprize. Fishing near the shore you can get large trout feeding on smaller fish and it is very common place to hook the odd grilse on the trout flies. Melvin also has Gillaroo that live near the shores and its own Sonaghan trout that feed almost exclusivly in the deep water on daphnia (a small plankton like creatrue that move up and down in the water depending on the light) I had a larger trout around 2lbs on a claret dabbler near the shore and we had some small fish.
Some popular dabblers on melvin. Silver also works on the shore for the larger fish and mabe the odd ferrox that live in the lough.
We moved over to the deeps and Trevor got his first Sonaghan and first decent wild brown trout on the fly.
Trevor examining the Gorgeouse George from his Sonaghan.
Very happy with his catch and amazed at how such a small fish could put up such a fight. I am still amazed when I catch one of the Melvin sonaghan the account they can put up for themselves pound for pound. The smile sayes it all. Worked for his fish although not a monster it was worked for and was a nice start to his lough fishing experience.