Battling wind and waves in a bellyboat

If necessary ask permission from the farmer if you need to cross his land to reach a lake.
If necessary ask permission from the farmer if you need to cross his land to reach a lake.

 

There are nice alternatives to be found in Mayo and other parts of Ireland for when the mayfly does not hatch or when the salmon do no move much upstream. You can use your bellyboat to fly-fish one of the small to medium sized lakes for pike.

Text and pictures Rudy van Duijnhoven

 

We fished a medium sized lake today, south of Ballina. This a very shallow lake, an intermediate pike line is really all that you need here.
We fished a medium sized lake today, south of Ballina. This a very shallow lake, an intermediate pike line is really all that you need here.

 

From a bellyboat you can enjoy nature from close up.
From a bellyboat you can enjoy nature from close up.

 

A streamer in natural colours, a combination of white, green and black, did the job for me today. I tried other colours, but only got takes on these flies.
A streamer in natural colours, a combination of white, green and black, did the job for me today. I tried other colours, but only got takes on these flies.

 

We were battling the wind and waves more than the pike today, but it still was a day well spend.
We were battling the wind and waves more than the pike today, but it still was a day well spend.

 

Nice Spring colours of bright yellow, plus the lake slowly turning white because of the windforce five to six.
Nice Spring colour of bright yellow, plus the lake slowly turning white because of the windforce five to six.

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