As is often the case with August the salmon fishing started brightly but the tapered off towards the second half of the month with the total catch for the month being forty five salmon. Conditions for the most part were excellent with again plenty of rain for one of our main Summer months. Total for the month was 173.8mms (6.84”). The river never went below 25 for the duration of the month and more often than not it was over 40.
As I said we had an excellent start to the month and the 1st was no exception with four nice fish landed. It wasn’t the biggest but the fish that caused most celebration was without doubt Jane Beattie’s fish of 6lbs8ozs off Finlough.
Coinciding with a huge flood on the Monday, week 32 proved to be the most productive of the month with twenty fish landed. The Beattie party accounted for four, Paul Wymes five, Urs six, Neville McConnell four and Conor O’Leary one. Biggest of the week fell to Paul Wymes from the Stream on Fin of 9lbs3ozs on a Foxford shrimp.
Week 33 was also quite productive with ten landed. Urs had three including the biggest of 10lbs1oz from the Turn pool on the Neighbours Cat nymph, Wayne Byrne had two in a day, Mark Corps also had two in a day, David Dunne had one and both Brian Forristal and Matt Gardinier had their first ever salmon.
In week 34 the Brennan party of Hugh and Peter Morris accounted for seven of the eight fish landed, the biggest of which was taken by Hugh in the Quarry pool on an Ally shrimp of 8lbs6ozs. Brendan Keenan also had a nice fresh fish of 4lbs in the Schoolhouse.
From then to the end of the month the salmon were really playing hard to get, with three more fish landed. David Allcutt had two, one off the river and one off Fin and Niall Green had a fish off Glencullin of approx. 3lbs. That brought our total for the month to forty five and the year to date to 335. Hopefully as is often the case in September the salmon will wake up a bit and be more considerate to those trying to catch them!! D.McEvoy