[ August 2009 ]
The grilse were scarce at Rock House at the start of August and many anglers were wondering if they had disappeared altogether. Scarcity of fish is not a regular feature on the Owenduff when water conditions are good, so, quite justly, concerns were raised as to whether July's nearly no show would continue into August.
Sea trout were the first fish to be caught in the first week of the month with Oisin O'Sullivan catching one, Paddy Gargan and Mark Helmore with two more.
Things did improve slightly in mid-August with three nice fish of 4 to 7lbs on the 15th.
For the latter part of the month grilse began to show up in numbers. Father and son team, Oisin and Connor O'Sullivan, had a classic Owenduff day landing (and realeasing) six grilse and three sea trout representing the best day's fishing of the month.
The over all catch for the last 10 days was 14 salmon and 11 sea trout. There are good reports from further down stream and we are awaiting confirmation that the grilse and indeed sea trout have arrived in earnest, as the saying goes better late than never.
Anglers were very happy with rhododendron clearance on the high bank pool. Landing fish on this prime pool, although always challenging, is now somewhat less so. With only one month of fishing remaining, the management wish all anglers tight lines.
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