Well as usual August is a difficult month for salmon angling and despite relatively good conditions throughout. Water was a little low early in the month but since then it was good enough for fishing. August seemed to be relatively slow throughout the country with the exception of a few rivers.
At the start of the month it was Urs as usual who got off the mark first. He had two grilse on the Stream in Finlough on a Silver Stoat. The first weighed in at 4lbs9ozs and the second was 3lbs15ozs. Richard Hasson had a fish from the Deadmans of approx. 4lbs on the 5th on a Curry Shrimp.
William Hamilton had one the following day of approx. 4lbs on a Sunrae Shadow from the Quarry. There were two on the 7th , Urs having one from the Grilse pool of approx. 2lbs7ozs on an Improved Helmores Hackle and Ciaran Boland also having one from the Grilse Pool of 3lbs14ozs on a Willie Gunn.
The following day Urs had another of 2lbs7ozs from the Meadow, again on an Improved Helmores Hackle. The 10th saw two landed with Mick Kane having one from the Quarry of 9lbs10ozs on a Willie Gun and Christopher Jarman having one from the Road pool of 4lbs9ozs also on a Willie Gunn.
It was quiet then for a few days until the Beattie Party found their stride, having seven in three days. William had five, Gareth one and Oliver Ross, one. Five were off Finlough and two off the river, four on a Willie Gunn, two on a Cascade and one on a Green Highlander.
Dione Roberts had a fish of approx. 2.5lbs off Finlough on the 16th on a Tartu. The final two fish of the month were caught on the 21st by Harry Brooke, both on a Willie Gunn, the first from the Bridge Pool of 3lbs8ozs and the second a sea liced fish from the Goat Pool of 5lbs.
Fishing pressure has been relatively light since but we are about to get busy again with the usual long standing September anglers arriving throughout the month. Sea trout were disappointing with approx. sixty landed the highlight of which was Declan Fagan who had eight off Glencullin between 1lb and 3lbs.
September will give us a true reflection of sea trout numbers as many of our anglers prefer to fish for them. D.McEvoy
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