August is normally a difficult month for salmon angling and this year was no erxception, but we still managed to land 43 salmon for the month. Water levels were relatively low for the most part, with rainfall of 213mms (8.38inches) for the month. 111.7mms of this fell in the last week which was when water levels throughout the system finally rose.
Week 32 was the first full week of the month. Water levels at this stage were low but we managed to land ten salmon. Mario Renggli from Switzerland and Daire O’Neill from Dublin managed to land their first ever salmon. Highlight of the week was without doubt Urs’ 400th Delphi salmon which he landed in the Turn Pool on the Neighbours Cat nymph. Others to land fish this week were Gareth Beattie, Oliver Ross, Markus Merz and Alexander Mills.
Week 33 saw sixteen salmon landed. We had a nice fresh in the middle of the week which put water levels up somewhat. Rich Taylor managed to land his first ever salmon, a fine fish from the stream on Finlough of 9lbs14.5ozs. Biggest fish for the week was Urs’ of 11lbs9ozs from the stream on Fin. Urs finished his two week stay with seven fish. Others to land fish in week 33 were Malcolm Bell, Markus Merz, Mark Corps and Sean Dempsey.
Week 34 saw water levels drop off again and rainfall was only 22.1mms which made fishing difficult. We did however manage to land five salmon, with seven year old Tom Burke landing his first ever salmon. Paul Shalvey, Hugh Brennan and John Boland also managed to land fish.
The last week in August saw a dramatic change in the weather with Atlantic Depressions returning after a long absence. This actually meant that there were days when the lakes were unfishable. We landed eleven salmon for the week, with Stephen Kennedy (USA), Ben Beardsworth and Steve Whittaker (UK) all managing to land their first ever salmon. Salmon were also landed by Andrerw Cunningham, William McBurnet, Liam Dennehy, Tom Morrison, David Dunne and Enrico Fantasia with his first Delphi salmon of 11lbs3ozs.
Sea trout fishing was by and large excellent for the month with 289 caught in total. The majority of these were caught early and late, i.e. the sea trout fishing died a bit in the middle of the month and picked up again towards the end. It must also be said that by and large most of the fish were in the ¾ to 1lb bracket but in excellent condition. Hopefully this trend will continue next year.
There is plenty of fishing available over the next month and I would expect catches to improve as is often the case in September. D.McEvoy