TROUT FLIES

On the SUIR, the extremely rich micro fauna favours every kind of Fly-Fishing (dry, wet, nymph). The numerous species of insects active on the surface or just under it make the choice of the right pattern  often a difficult one. When I first fish the Suir, 28 years ago, one evening I was having a difficult time to catch a fish despite the fact I was totally surrounded with rising fish gloriously ignoring any kind of patterns I was offering them…Along came an old Irish fisherman who after observing me for a while with a grin on his face…”a tiny white fly young man…a tiny white fly…that what these bastards are taking!” I will never forget this moment and you too, just keep in mind that most of your catch on this magical river will be made with micro-flies tied on 18, 20 or even size 22 hooks. This is probably the best tip I can give you about Fly-Fishing for wild brown trout on the river SUIR. 

LATIN NAME

ENGLISH NAME

Baetis rhodani

Large Dark Olive

Ritrogena haarupi

March Brown Ephémère

Ecdyonurus venosus

Late March Brown

Baetis pumilus
Baetis niger

Iron Blue Dun
Iron Blue Spinners

Baetis buceratus
Baetis tenax
Baetis vernus

Medium Olive

Baetis atrebatinus

Dark Olive

Chironomidés

Midges

Gammmarus pulex

Shrimp

Protonemura meyeri

Early brown

Centropilum luteolum
Baetis bioculatus

Small Pale Watery
Pale Watery Dun

Ephemerella ignita

Blue-Winged Olive -BWO-

Ephemerella notata

Yellow Evening Dun

Heptagenia sulphurea

Yellow May Dun

Caenis horaria
Caenis macrura

Caenis
Broadwings White Curse
 Fisherman Curse

Phryganea grandis
Phryganea striata
Rhyacophila dorsalis
Brachycentrus subnubilus

Great Red Sedge
Sandfly
Grannom
Black Caperer

Sialis lutaria

 

Bibio marci

Hawthorn Fly

Bibio johannis

Black Gnat

Isoperla grammatica

 

Simulium (spp)

Reed Smuts, Angler's Curse
Black Curse

MAIN HATCHES ON THE SUIR DURING THE FISHING SEASON

March - Late April

Large Dark Olive

Late April - Mid May

Medium Olive, Iron Blue Dun

Mid-May - Mid June

Midges, Pale and Small Pale Wateries, BWO, Caenis, Hawthorn, Alder Fly, Yellow Sally, Yellow May Dun

Mid June -  Mid July

BWO, Pale Evening Dun and Pale Watery Dun, Small darkOlive, Cinamon Sedge, Red Sedge, Sandfly, Silverhorns, Murrough, Black and Red Ants.

August

Same flies as July. Massive hatches of BWO in the eevnings. During the day the trout are actives on very small midges and Reed Smuts Angler's Curse, Black Curse, Angler’s Curse

September

Mostly hatches of BWO and various Sedges.

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