158 FOR JULY
Fishing here in Delphi has been very good in July, with 158 salmon landed, which is actually the highest July total since 2006. 78 fish have been landed since my last update, which is a good number, although there was more of a take on fish in the first 11 days of July with 80 landed. Conditions could not have been better with rainfall amounting to 287.2mms(10.95”). 24 was the lowest water levels dropped to, so water was one thing we were definitely not short of. It seemed that everywhere after the first ten or eleven days of the month, fish were for some reason more difficult to tempt. It appears that this was generally a countrywide phenomenon with a few exceptions. Having said that we can’t complain because the system is well stocked with fish and it’s not their fault if we can’t catch them !!
Week 29 saw the return of some of our long standing Irish and Northern Irish syndicate members (due to Covid19 restrictions) for their final year and they did not disappoint with 20 fish landed for the week. All were Grilse varying in size from 2 to 6 pounds, with catches being evenly distributed between River and Finlough. Boyd and McMillan were again to the fore with 8 between them, the Booth, Scott and Whitley parties had 3 each and the Shortt party 2. Week 30 saw 28 fish landed mainly by syndicate members and a group of 5 anglers from Wicklow on a fishing package. Again all fish were Grilse ranging from 2.5 to 6.5 pounds with the only exception being a fish of approx 8lbs landed by Alexander Mills on Doolough. The Drea party had 12, Mills 9 and Booth and Daly 3 each. There were also a number of successful day tickets.
Week 31 we only had 2 syndicate members, and 3 on a package and the remaining rods all being day tickets. This turned out to be a good week with 29 fish landed. Average size of the fish this week was bigger than previous, with the largest of 10lbs falling to Michael O’Driscoll who only fished for a morning session. Not surprisingly the Dunlop party led the way with 8 fish, Finnegan’s 5, the Pecchia’s 3 and the remaining fish fell to day tickets. That brought our July total to 158 and as I said earlier, the most productive July since 2006.
August has started well, with 13 fish in the first 3 days, with 11 of these off Finlough. The Irvine party had 5, the Beattie’s 6, William Hamilton 1 and Ryan McGoldrick 1. Hopefully the good catches will continue. There is plenty of availability from Saturday on so if you’re interested in keeping our catches ticking over just give us a shout.