Posted by Murrisk on May 04, 2002 at 05:23:55:
May is here and with it the Mayfly (Order Ephemeroptera). Boatloads of flyfishers on Loughs Mask, Carra, Conn and Cullen. Two and three rods to a boat with an oar trailing for steering. Husbands and wives, and good friends, all sitting sideways in 18 foot clinker built lake boats on a drift. Green raingear and concentrated attention. Two and three wet flies per cast. Some fishing the dry fly witha cork body. Other fishing on the dap. Ultra light gear with a live mayfly impaled on a tiny hook fluttering along on the surface of the water. If a trout sucked in a fly on the dap one counted - how many beats ? - while waiting for the trout to return to its post. Only then would it eat the fly and only at that time should one set the hook. An art.