[ August 2009 ]
Another horrendously wet August at Delphi did not deliver the splendid salmon catches of the previous year. The grilse run is clearly poor. The expected late run never really materialised. And the fish themselves are skittish and uncooperative.
The total salmon catch for the month was just 44, bringing the season total to 357, the great majority of which have been spring fish.
The best fish was Hugh Brennan’s Doolough brute of 16 pounds, taken on a Collie Dog. Paul Wymes had an 11.5-pounder from Finlough on a mini-Collie and Shirley Morrison had a 10.5-pounder from Doolough on a Black Pennel.
Top rod was Urs Leibundgut with seven salmon over a 2-week period. Paul Wymes had six fish in a week, Bruce Jackson four and Hugh Brennan three.
The sea trout fishing started off very well but deteriorated as the month progressed, due to the very high water. The rainfall total for the month was an unseasonal15 inches and the river was in flood for much of the time. Nonetheless, 240 sea trout were taken. Danny Murray, Dave Lennon, Tom & Shirley Morrison and Mark Helmore were all notably successful.
Bill Horne had a 4-pounder off Doolough and Jeff Ansary a 3.5-pounder from Glencullin. There were a few others around the 3-pound mark. Sean Moogan had 11 trout to 2.5-pounds in a half day on Glencullin. It was great to see that lake back in action after almost 20-years of near abandonment.
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