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I suppose you could say September 2015 was September like, in that the weather was all over the place and the salmon fishing varied greatly as well, depending on the weather.

As September’s go the weather was quite normal, with some stunning weather and then some extremely wet weather. Total rainfall for September was 199.1mms (7.84”), but believe it or not 151mms (5.94”) fell in a five day period from the 10th to the 14th. On Monday the 14th we had the highest flood of the year with the river rising to 110. The last week of the season was the polar opposite with some truly stunning days and no rain at all.

As a result the fishing tended to reflect the weather patterns, with the middle part of the month being the most productive. The first few days of the month were quiet, with the exception of Sharon Firn landing her first ever salmon, a nice fish of 3lbs14.5ozs in the Road Pool. Then week 37 saw some good catches mainly due to the productivity of the Corps party who landed a total of twelve fish. Others on the score sheet were Henri Pescarolo, Hamish Godman-Dorington and a first ever of 6lbs9ozs for Hugo Pearson-Wood on a Willie Gunn from the Turn Pool.

Week 38 saw eleven fish landed, throughout the system. Successful anglers included George Craig, Hamish Godman-Dorington, Jack Browne, Kit Westropp, Richard Vaux and fish of the week without doubt being Paul Sims beautiful fish of approx. 12lbs from the Stream on Finlough on a Claret Dabbler.

Week 39 saw the return of the dynamic pairing of Mark Corps and Mike Shortt who managed to land nine fish between them from both river and Finlough. The pick of these was without doubt Mike’s fish from the Turn pool of 14lbs11ozs, which believe it or not is his biggest ever Delphi salmon. The husband and wife pairing of Martin and Barbara Ceillier again proved successful with a fish each, from the river and Finlough respectively. Pat Cassidy from Monaghan was the last man to land a fish before the party on the last day. His was a fish of 3lbs14ozs off Finlough.

The 30th saw a great party atmosphere, with people who would not normally get the chance to fish, fishing and there was a good bbq at lunch time with a few beverages also. There were also some fish caught, the most important of these were first ever salmon for four year old Lili Reid, Tim Rogers and Sarah Sense. That brought our total for the month to fifty seven and a total of 392 salmon landed for the 2015 season.

I should also mention that Delphi and many fisheries in the West lost a great customer and friend when John Mills passed away on the 4th of September. John had been fishing in the area since the late 1950’s and was well known for his wit, charm and fishing ability. He will be sadly missed as he was one of the great characters of the fishing world.