06/10: Fishery manager David McEvoy reports from Delphi on a fine end to the season: The big news is that we did break the 500, although it wasn’t until the 30th and as most people know any method of rod and line goes.

There are some fish to report before the 30th. We actually landed 4 on Thursday. Mark Corps had 2, one off the Turn Pool of 7lbs 8oz on a Prawn Fly and one off Finlough of 4lbs13ozs on a Flamethrower.

Jeremy Nieboer had one off Finlough of 4lbs 3.5oz on a Collie Dog and finally Stephane Lamotte from France landed his first ever, a fish of 5lbs 8oz on a beaded nymph.

On the 30th we ended up with 49 fish all of which were caught on other methods. The most important element of this day is that it’s a fun day out for staff and locals. This it turned out to be and we had a great day with a lovely barbecue for lunch. It’s always great to see people catching fish that normally don’t get a chance. As usual there were quite a few firsts including;

Blain McNally, Killeen, 3lbs 13.5oz; Maura Prendergast, Louisburgh, 4lbs 12oz;

Kevin Gibbons, Louisburgh, 6lbs 7oz; Grace Wade also had the last fish of the season and her second ever of 6lbs 6oz.

I must mention Paul Wymes who aided and abetted 10 people to catch salmon who normally wouldn’t get the chance. This gesture made for a lot of happy people.

September’s total ended up at 53 salmon landed plus 49 on the last day which makes a total of 102. Sea trout have not all been totalled yet but again it will be well down on last year and the previous. This brings the total salmon landed for year to 528.

I would like to say thank you to everybody who made this season such a good one. Hopefully we will have many more in the future.

Delphi Lodge remains open for accommodation, and to contact them for rates, call the lodge at 095 42222, or check www.delphi-salmon.com