[ August 2008 ]
Persistent heavy rain for the first three weeks of the month resulted in the river being in full flood making fishing conditions difficult. Although the last week of the month was dry and the river only dropped slightly and cleared.
The fishing was brilliant during the last week. The deluge of the first three weeks meant that the conditions were difficult. The height of the river meant spinning was really the only option until the river dropped during the third week of the month. Some of our anglers persevered and the majority spun and some fly-fished using fast sinking lines with tube flies. As expected, the floods brought by far the best runs of grilse and salmon of the season so far. Our anglers were rewarded with some spectacular fishing during the last week as the conditions improved. The grilse caught were an average of 4lb and the salmon were from 7lb to 16lb. The highlight of the month was Connie Corcoran and party took 8 fish from 7lb to 12lb at Fox’s beat above Ballyhooly on 17 August when the river was still very high and heavily peat-stained. Four were taken on the fly and 4 on Flying C’s – 4 were released. The fish were running through to the upper beats due to the height of the water.
The prospects for September are looking very good indeed as the river continues to drop.
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