After the height of the duck fly hatch, in late April the lake olives start to appear. The lake olives belong to the Ephemeridae family of which the mayfly is the largest member. These beautiful flies have large upright wings and long wispy tails. Olives are much smaller than mayflies and there are many different species in Ireland.
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Hook Size: 14
Season: April to May
Natural Fly: Mayfly (Ephemeridae)
Where: Shallow Water
Tips: The lake olive is best fished in the forenoon and mid-afternoon, usually in and around shallows and bays. However, in May the lake olive can be used all day, evening fall of spinners, around shallows and near shores.