Angling Report July 2014

It was an unusual month for angling at Delphi, with climatic conditions far from ideal for salmon angling. We had 156.3mms (6.15inches) of rain for the month, but the river only got to a decent level for a few days in the middle of the month. A lot of the time the weather was heavy and fish were playing more than hard to get. As a result total salmon landed for the month was forty.

The first few days of the month coincided with the second half of week 27. We had five fish in this period. The highlight of this was Patrick Hughes from Australia who landed his first ever salmon, a fine fish of 12lbs5ozs from the Turn pool on a Green nymph. Fish were also landed by Giovanni Mazzoleni, Reinhard Mittmann, Ash Mathews and Pat Cassidy.

Week 28 was a relatively dry week with only 24.1mms of rain and the river dropped off dramatically during the week. The pick of these was Sean Dempsey’s fish of approx. 14lbs taken on a Dempsey nymph from the Turn pool. Sean also landed three more, while Conor Hannon, and Nick Kreissl had one each.

Week 29 was the wettest week of the month, with 56.8mms and also the best for angling, with fifteen fish landed. Best of the week was Alan Boyd’s fish of 10lbs4ozs from the Turn pool on a Beaded nymph. Alan also had three more. Michael Righton had two from the Turn pool in half an hour, as did Patrick Carroll also from the Turn pool and Paul Smyth from the Quarry Run. Bill Williams, Ken McMillan, Pat Timpson, George Westropp and Mike Shortt also had a fish each.

Week 30 again saw the water run off with only 25.4mms. There were nine fish landed with Christopher Jarman accounting for four of these. John Mills had two, while his son Alexander had one, as did Anthony Walsh and Bob Hadden.

The remaining few days of the month were extremely difficult with water levels below 0 but there were still fresh fish seen and a few caught. The highlight of these was John Coulter’s first ever salmon, a sea liced 5lbs3ozs fish from the Whin pool on a Red Frances. William Beattie had two lovely fish on the afternoon of the 28th. His son Gareth had one on the 30th and Ross Sweeney finished the month off with a fish of 7lbs7ozs from Finlough.

On a more positive note we landed 103 sea trout for the month. Catches were slow enough to begin but they picked up towards the end of the month and have continued to do so in the first week or so of August with some excellent sport being had. Hopefully with some good rainfall I would also expect salmon catches to pick up. D.McEvoy