David McEvoy reports the the harsh weather conditions made the Delphi fishery unfishable at times but that fish were there to be caught when anglers could wet wet a line…

08 March: Week 10 proved to be very interesting indeed both from a fishing and more especially a weather viewpoint. We had 80.9mms (3.19”) of rain for the week, which meant that the lowest the river fell to was 55 with highs of over 80. Monday and Tuesday we had a covering of snow and slush on the front lawn. Water temperatures dropped to 4 degrees C which made fishing challenging to say the least. I would say that anyone who passed the river and saw people fishing in hail, sleet and snow showers probably thought those people were completely mad. On Friday and Saturday Finlough was unfishable due to south westerly gales. The top half of the river was therefore extremely difficult to fish except for the most experienced anglers.

Marcel Dittrich had two fish in two days
Marcel Dittrich had two fish in two days

Having said that an experienced German party persevered all week and were duly rewarded, with three fish landed and a few more met and lost.

Marcel Dittrich had two fish in two days. The first was a picture perfect Delphi fish, in other words short and deep. The fish was taken in the Waterfall on a Willie Gunn Waddington and weighed in at 11lbs1oz.

The following day Marcel managed to land the first fish of the season off Finlough. It was taken at Boat Point on a Pot Belly conehead and weighed in at 8lbs15ozs.

Max Groener had a salmon from the Meadow Pool despite appalling conditions

Yesterday in what can only be described as appalling conditions Max Groener managed to take a fish in the Meadow pool. It was Max’s second ever salmon and needless to say he was over the moon. The fish weighed in at 6lbs9ozs and was taken on a Tosh conehead.

It looks like the weather this week will again be mixed but hopefully the system may get some chance to settle between the rain and the gales! There is the odd slot here and there so anyone interested, please contact us as I can’t remember everyone.

David McEvoy
Delphi Fishery

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