Well another fishing season has come to an end here at Delphi and the 30th of September was a stunning day to finish on. It was in fact one of the most beautiful days of the year so far. Fog and low mist early on and then it was burned off by magnificent sunshine later on. Add in the autumnal colours and it just makes this valley stunningly beautiful.
There was a great party atmosphere, the only downside early on being the midges which were absolutely dreadful. There was a great bbq at lunch time, expertly cooked by Mick Wade and myself, with all food disappearing in jig time. Needless to say there were a few beverages thrown in to add to the party atmosphere.
We also managed to land seventeen fish which brought our season total to a very respectable 392. Included in these were a number of first ever salmon, with four year old Lili Reid landing and releasing a nice grilse of approx. 3.5lbs in the Turn pool. Tim Rogers of Clew Bay Critters fame also managed his first ever, a fish of 3lbs3ozs from Finlough. Sarah Sense landed the last fish of the 2015 season and her first ever, a fish of 7lbs11ozs from Finlough. Sarah our sous chef Joe Jewell’s wife is also expecting their first child in November, so it will be a fine baby if it’s the same weight as her salmon!
The first few days after the fishing season closes are always a bit surreal, going from talking to anglers for three or four hours a day to absolute calm and no anglers to talk to at all. The first week or so I tend to wander around like a lost soul (although some might say I’m like that all the time!!) and then one gets into rhythm of autumn and winter work. There is a lot of tidying up to be done in the next few weeks and things that are difficult to do in the season. We will also be sitting down to put together our annual newsletter and then the hatchery work and shoots start in earnest, when there basically aren’t enough days in the week. Then before you know it the 1st of February is here and a new season is upon us again.
At this stage I would like to thank all customers, shareholders and staff for all their help and support throughout the year. I’ll keep you all updated in the next month or so as to what’s going on in Delphi so that you don’t forget about us altogether!!