All in all June was a relatively successful for salmon angling here at Delphi especially when one takes into account the weather conditions. We only had 102.4 mms (4.03”) of rain, which for here is low. Almost 50% of this fell on the 1st and the 26th, which meant that water levels were generally low. The exception was of course the first week. Water held up nicely as a result of the big flood we had on the 1st and again from the 26th on when we got 38.8mms in the last five days. Air temperatures finally approached levels that one would classify normal for the time of year.
The month started in fine style with 18 fish landed for week 18. All of these fish were springers bar one which was a grilse. The Moore party had a tremendous few days landing 9 between them. Fred Eberle had the biggest of the week with a fish of 11lbs12ozs from the Whin. Manfred Wolf even managed his first of the week with his last cast, in the Deadman’s and then proceeded to hook himself for good measure!
Week 24 saw water levels dropping off and we landed twelve fish. The Mills party accounted for six of these and Mark Corps, Mike Shortt and Michael Blake having four between them. The remaining two were first ever salmon for Ken O’ Boyle and Juerg Sturzenegger.
Week 25 saw the first real glimpses of summer weather, with water levels dropping even further. There were still nine fish landed. The O’Mahoney party accounted for six of these. Margaret Downes, Cian Murtagh and Johannes Hipp had the remaining three.
Week 26 saw the return of a long standing group of German anglers. Despite relatively fine weather they still managed to land eleven fish. Six of these fish were already recorded on my last update. Martin Nolde had his second fish of the week on the 25th, of 5lbs14ozs on a Delphi Collie off Finlough. Yvonne had a nice grilse of 5lbs14ozs off the Deadmans on a Collie Dog. Martin Nolde had his second for the day of 3lbs11ozs off the Rock pool on a Delphi Collie. Finally Ryan Mangiapane had his first ever salmon, a nice grilse of approx. 3.5lbs off Doolough.
The last fish of the week fell to Fredo Dietrich, a beautiful sea liced fish of 7lbs2ozs off the Whin pool on a Collie Dog.
The remaining four days of the month saw seven fish landed. There were four on the 28th, Klaus Buening landing two. The first was from the Quarry on a Shrimp fly of approx. 7lbs and the second from the Sream on Finlough of 6lbs10.5ozs on a Collie Dog. Peter Robinson had a nice grilse of 4lbs13ozs from the Whin on a Collie Dog and Peter Joyce had one of 5lbs12ozs from the King’s on a Willie Gunn.
There were none on the 29th and then three on the 30th. Cormac Hartnett had a nice grilse of 4lbs0.5ozs from the Turn pool on a Willie Gunn. Romuald Remy from France had his first ever salmon and it was a beauty of 10lbs12ozs with sea lice from the Turn pool on a Delphi Collie. Giovanni Mazzoleni had the last fish of the month from the Bridge pool on a Cascade tube weighing in at 5lbs13ozs.
That brought our total for the month to 57 fish and the year to date to 163. With water levels staying up nicely it led to some good fishing over the next few days.
We had three fish on the 1st, with Brian Fisher having two from the Grilse pool before breakfast of approx. 6lbs and 4lbs, both on a Collie Dog. Klaus Buening also had a nice fish of approx. 6.5lbs from the Whin pool also on a Collie Dog. On the 2nd we had three, with Giovanni Mazzoleni having two, one from the Waterfall of 4lbs13ozs on a Francis and one from the Turn pool of approx. 4lbs on a Nymph. Brian Fisher had a nice fish from the Rock pool of 4lbs8ozs on a Collie Dog. The 3rd saw two landed, with Charles Finch having a nice fish of approx. 6lbs from the Rock pool on a Cascade and Giovanni Mazzoleni having one, also from the Rock pool on a Collie Dog.
We had six before lunch on Saturday. The Shortt party had five off the river. Mark Corps had two from the Turn pool, one of approx. 11lbs on a Corps shrimp and one of 7lbs13ozs on a Blue Collie Dog. Christof Defillon also had two, one from the Rock pool of 4lbs2ozs on a Christof Special and one from the Turn pool of approx. 7.5lbs on a Nymph. Mike Shortt also had one of approx. 3lbs on a Nymph from the Meadow pool. David Healy had a fish of 3lbs4.5ozs off Finlough on a Francis. Finally Mark Corps had another off Fin this afternoon of 5lbs4ozs on a Collie Dog.
The water is still holding up nicely and with grilse entering the system and rain forecast for Monday it should bode well for the next few days. We have some availability this week so if you are interested just contact us. D.McEvoy