Posted in Jun 2016
Whilst much of mainland Europe was under water, during the first half of the month Delphi was more akin to its Greek counterpart, basking in glorious sunshine and temperatures that for here were extremely high. Maximum recorded was 24.6 degrees C on the 8th. River levels had also dropped off to well below 0 and even the lakes had gotten very low and most days saw blue skies and calm conditions.
A beautiful time for holiday making, not ideal salmon fishing weather it must be said. Days were magnificent and the clarity of the water and the sky was breath taking. The sunsets weren’t half bad either. There was no rainfall at all up to and including the 8th and then we had 33mms between that and the 15th. From then on we returned to our normal Atlantic weather with a further 104mms for the month, making a total of 137mms or 5.4”.
From an angling perspective it was a disappointing month with fourteen fish landed in total. These were mainly springers with just three grilse so far by my reckoning. This is despite some nice water in the last week, but hopefully we will see a big improvement in the next few weeks. The run here has definitely been later in the last ten years so I would expect to see grilse showing shortly.
The month did start in fine style with some lovely fish being caught. Didier Briand from France managed to land his first ever salmon on the 1st of June, a nice fish of 8lbs15ozs from the Turn Pool. He followed this up on the 2nd with a monstrous fish of approx. 20lbs, which believe it or not is our second fish of 20lbs and over this year. His fishing partner and host Bertrand Fenart also had a fish on the 2nd of 9lbs2ozs from the Turn Pool. Bob Hadden’s persistence paid off with a nice fish of 8lbs1oz from the Turn Pool on the 3rd. Water levels continued to drop off and our next fish was landed by Ian Carroll on the 10th off Finlough. After a long day on Doolough Kurt Roth decided he’d try a few casts from the shore and actually landed a fish of approx. 8lbs on the 13th.
We actually had a small flood on the 14th but the water was very dirty as a result of the long dry spell. There was another good flood on the 19th and Daire Fitzgerald from Cork managed to land his first ever salmon, a nice fish of 6lbs10ozs from Finlough on a Silver Stoat. Ed Pettigrew from the US also had a fish from the Turn Pool of approx. 8lbs. John Leitch had a fresh grilse from the Meadow Pool on the 20th. Charles Cooper had one of approx. 5lbs from the Quarry on the 24th. Mark Corps then landed two on the 25th including one of approx. 15lbs from the Turn Pool. Yvonne had a nice grilse of 4lbs from the Meadow on the 26th and Martin Nolde had one of 6lbs5ozs off Finlough on the 30th.
With nice water in the river at present and more rain forecast over the coming days I would be hopeful that the grilse should start to appear shortly. Believe it or not we actually had hailstones today, the 1st of July.