Fishing Steady and Beginners Luck
Well, I did say in my last update that I hoped we would add another one or two before the end of March and we did in fact land two, which brought the total for the month to 26, which is well above our 10 year average. The final two fish of March were taken by Yvonne, who had a lovely fish of approx. 9lbs from the Rock Pool on a Night Star. This was followed up a couple of hours later by Malte Willhoeft and on his first ever salmon fishing trip he landed a lovely sea liced 8lbs fish from Morrisons on a Willie Gunn. Well done Malte!
Last week saw the return of some longstanding syndicate members, with some other guests also. It was a difficult week from a weather perspective. Water fell to 20 by Tuesday but we also NNE gales and Finlough was unfishable at times and both water and air temperatures dropped again making it bitterly cold. After some rain on Tuesday night the river rose to 50 on Wednesday and Willie Cotter duly delivered with a fish of 9lbs11ozs from the Waterfall on an Appache Shrimp Tube. This was followed up on Thursday when Keith Pilkington also had a fish from the Waterfall on a Cascade of 10lbs2ozs. This means that Keith reclaims the trophy that he and his eternal fishing partner, Peter Morrison have battled over for the last 25 years at Delphi.
Thursday night and Friday we had some serious rain with a total of 52mms (2”) falling. Driven also by SE gales and the heavy rain the river rose to 80 on Friday, but during a slight lull in the middle of the day Joe Saxby Soffe (son of Nigel, who held the record for the biggest fish of the modern era for nearly 30 years) landed his first ever salmon in the Whin Pool on a Park Shrimp Conehead. The fish weighed in at 6lbs10ozs and while Joe was happy, Nigel was over the moon.
Conditions on Saturday, although bright were perfect, with the river at 60. Despite a Crack Team of Anglers who shall all remain nameless, we blanked, even though fish being seen. Yesterday morning the river was at 50 and David Allcutt got off to a flying start with a fish of 8lbs8ozs from the Rock Pool on a Delphi Collie. Jim Wilson from Mount Falcon and his fishing partner Bill Bullick landed a fish each in the morning. Jim’s weighed in at 8lbs1oz and was taken in the Rock Pool on a Willie Gunn. Bill’s came from the Whin Pool also on a Willie Gunn and weighed in at 9lbs3ozs.
The river is still at 45 this morning, so I would be hopeful that more fish will be landed in the coming days. With the trickle down effect of the lakes the river should hold at a nice height for most of the week anyway. D.McEvoy