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Blast and Cast

Well we’re nearing that time of the year again when those of us who have a passion for both shooting and fishing are coming to the end of our shooting season and getting ready to activate those casting muscles which for most of us have now been redundant for a couple of months. Saturday will see the end of the shooting season and Sunday will herald the start of the 2015 salmon fishing season.

As my heading suggests we have an enthusiastic group of Bavarians who are going to finish off the shooting season here and try their luck on the 1st for a fresh Springer. Hopefully they may be lucky on the fishing front as it would be fantastic to open the season with a fresh fish.

February is not for the faint hearted but personally I love it as there is something special about getting on the water again, always anticipating and hoping for that long slow draw on the line that one would normally associate with a springer as opposed to the aggressive take of a kelt and then it normally comes to the surface and you know it’s not the real thing. For me early spring fishing is about peace and tranquillity and feeling good to be alive and out on the water again. Having said that I’m sure that many people must think that salmon fishermen are off their heads to be fishing in what sometimes can only be described as vile weather conditions.

We have a good amount of availability in February for those of you who need to get their fix of getting out on the water again, so please feel free to contact us and we’ll keep you updated on our progress.

For ourselves here January is a very busy time as quite a lot of things come together. Shooting has been busy, but most time is taken up in the hatchery, tagging and fin clipping our smolts and then eggs start to eye up and reach the stage where they must be shocked and counted. It can be a slow, cold and painstaking job but one that has to be done!

Well I better get back to my eggs and hopefully see or hear from you all shortly! D.McEvoy


Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

SONY DSCWell we have now passed the shortest day of the year, although it certainly doesn’t seem like it around here in the mornings. This morning at 9am I had to use a torch to see the temperature gauges in the weather station, (of course it’s nothing to do with my deteriorating eyesight!!)

As usual since my last blog we have been flat out here with Winter work, predominantly netting, stripping (fish that is) and a couple of shoots thrown in for good measure. The netting was actually more successful than expected as we caught up more than 650 fish. There were some crackers but again no 20 pounders, so we’ll have to wait for another year.

Sea trout spawning was quite good but as per usual this followed the weather patterns. There was little or no spawning till the end of November as the month up until the last few days was relatively dry. There was some rain before the 15th but it’s nearly always after that that sea trout start to spawn. Once they started towards the end of November spawning activity has continued at a steady paces, with plenty of mild soft days, especially in the last two weeks. Sea trout at this stage are all but finished but the salmon who start later will continue for another week or two. Some years they will go well into January especially in the tributaries such as the Glenummera which is rather water dependent.

Our shoots were also successful with the guests thoroughly enjoying the opportunity to see the elusive woodcock and getting a chance to bag one or two, although we get more mileage out of it when they miss! The two shoots ran back to back, so we had six days straight after which both men and dogs were rather like a spawning fish i.e. spent and drained of all energy. It gave me a great satisfaction when one of our beaters who has done the Tour of Ireland cycle race a couple of times even admitted to being tired.

I’m sure now it won’t be long before a few fresh fish start to sneak into the system and in just over five weeks we’ll be trying our luck for one of those elusive fresh one’s again. You’ll all have to start thinking about flies and tactics again shortly, even though I’m sure some of you already have.

At this stage I would like to thank you all for your support during 2014 and wish you all a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year from all at Delphi Estate and Fishery. Here’s looking forward to 2015!



Delphi Annual Fishery Newsletter 2014

We are pleased to announce to publication of our annual fishery newsletter for 2014 which we hope you will enjoy. We are now looking forward to the 2015 fishing season and with this in mind, we now welcome enquiries for the 2015 fishing season.

The 2015 rates for fishing packages are as follows:
7 night’s (full board) & 6 days fishing €2,295 to €2,610
4 night’s (full board) & 3 days fishing €1,245 to €1,465
3 nights (full board) & 2 days fishing €895 to €1,030
Extra Fishing per day €135
Guides (normally shared between 2 anglers) €100

*Includes 7 night’s accommodation (Sat. to Sat.), all meals, and 6 days fishing (Sun. to Fri. inc.). The only extras are wine, drinks from the honesty bar & state salmon licence, if required.

You may ‘lock in’ fishing bookings now with a 10% deposit, followed by a further 40% at the end of January 2015. Demand is already high, particularly for the Spring, therefore please do let us have your preferred dates as soon as possible, and we will do our very best to find you a suitable slot. Reservations can be made using our on-line reservation form:  www.delphilodge.ie/fishery/reservations/reservations

We look forward to hopefully seeing you all next season!

Delphi Fishery Newsletter 2014

Delphi Fishery News 2014


Another Fishing Season Slips By

DSCN1173Well it’s that time of year again when salmon anglers pack up their gear for the Winter and we are all in a bit of a trance and wonder where the fishing season went. The 2014 salmon angling season was by and large disappointing for most salmon anglers. Reports from around the country are for the most part the same with rod catches down on previous years. Needless to say there will be many theories thrown about as to why the figures were down, but marine survival seems to rank high on the agenda.

Since my last update on the 21st of September we landed 19 salmon. Water levels remained extremely low making angling difficult. On our last full week of fishing the Shortt party landed five fish, three from the Turn pool, one from Morrison’s and one from the Road pool. All were landed on beaded nymphs.

We got a little rise in water on the 25th and Jonathan Powell managed to land a 10lbs fish from the Turn pool on an Ally shrimp.

I should also mention that Brian Gottorp Jeppesen managed to hold onto the prize for the largest salmon and win the trophy of the Sir.Henry Club from Denmark which was presented to him on the 22nd just before their departure.

The 30th of September was relatively quiet compared to recent years, but personally I had expected this, especially after the long dry spell we experienced and fish being particularly dour. We did however manage to land thirteen fish. Seven of these were off Finlough, two off Deadman’s, and one each from Bridge, Turn, Quarry and Whin.

That brought our total for the month of September to 53, which considering conditions was actually quite good. Weather for the most part was extremely dry and calm. Believe it or not the first 21 days in September saw absolutely no rain at all. Total rainfall for the month finished at 34.6mms (1.36”). This is actually our driest month on record here since February 1986 when a total of 10 mms fell. By Monday the 22nd the rock in the middle of the Grilse pool was actually out of the water, which is only the second time in 23 years I have witnessed this. The previous time was at the end of June 2010 following three months of relatively dry weather.

53 for September brought our total salmon catch for the year to 257, the details of which will all be explained in detail in our annual newsletter.

On a more positive note sea trout catches were our best since 2010. When one includes the September catch of 199 our total for 2014 was 591. Again it must be noted that the majority were in the ¾ to 1lb bracket, but hopefully this bodes well for both salmon and sea trout next year.

On a totally different note I must also say congratulations to Laurence Joyce who got married to Claire Heraty yesterday. (I should add that Paddy Heneghan would have said they were churched yesterday). May they experience many years of happiness together. For those of you who don’t know, Laurence is the man who for the past 16 or 17 years has done all the hard work in the hatchery producing our smolts which have provided many of you with countless hours of enjoyment and frustration on their return to Delphi.

Finally I would like to thank all our customers, staff and friends at the end of the 2014 fishing season for their support during the year. Don’t worry I will update you through the closed season on our progress during the winter months and of course to remind you of the beauty of this little gem called Delphi.



Thirty Caught Despite Drought Conditions

DSCN1163Despite truly incredible weather, salmon fishing has been steady with thirty fish landed since my last update. By truly incredible weather I mean our rainfall gauge has registered 0.0mms since the 1st of September. If this continues for the remainder of the month, we may even have less rainfall than February 1986 when it was only 10mms.

Winds for the most part have been relatively light and from an Easterly direction. It’s certainly a far cry from the Atlantic depressions that normally roll in, with heavy rainfall and gales.

Roger and Carol Corry who are regular Winter visitors to Delphi who were touring Ireland for a week dropped by in their 86 year old Logonda hadn’t even put the hood up which it must be said is pretty amazing for Ireland in DSCN1160September.

In week 37 we had eleven fish all accounted for by the Shortt party, including Mike Shortt, Chris Cromey Hawke, Mark Corps and Myles Kelly. Eight of these came from the Turn, two from the Whin and one from the Road pool. Nine were on beaded nymphs, one on a Mini Tube and one on a Collie Dog. Mark Corps had the biggest of 12lbs4ozs

Most of the other anglers that week concentrated on trout fishing and the Moore and Gregory party were delighted to have 60 sea trout between them.

In week 38 we had some long standing Delphi regulars, Jack Browne, the Westropp boys, Mike Heckler, the Bannon party and Maggie and Paul Sims. It was however Barbara Ceillier who started the week on a high note in landing a salmon at Cross Point on Doolough DSCN1162of approx. 6lbs on a Dry Daddy. Jack Browne landed our first salmon off Glencullin since 2007, a fish of approx. 5lbs on a Stoats Tail. He followed this up on Thursday with a fish off Doolough of 5lbs8ozs, also on a Stoats Tail. Paul Sims managed to take two from Finlough of 4lbs and 8lbs12ozs, both on Connemara Blacks. Joe Senders had a lovely fish of approx. 9lbs off Doolough on a Stoats Tail. Finally Patrick Bannon had his first ever salmon, a relatively fresh fish of 2lbs13ozs from the Whin Pool on a Frances. Edward Westropp followed this up on Friday with a fish of 5lbs on a Connemara Black off Finlough.

Sea trout fishing was a bit slower but we landed 67 for the week, up to 2lbs. This was primarily due to the efforts of Paul and Maggie Sims, Neale and Caron Moss and Mike Heckler and Mel Parrot.

photoThen we welcomed the Sir Henry Club from Denmark to Delphi for the first time. The group comprised of Thor, Frederik, Peter and Henrik Larsen; Martin and Ben Kay, Brian Gottorp Jeppesen, Stefan Richter, Malte Petersen and Peter Kutzner. The social aspect of their visit is very important, but they have collectively landed ten salmon, nine off the river and one off Finlough. Brian Gottorp Jeppesen holds the prize so far for the largest salmon of the group of 8lbs2ozs taken from the Turn pool on a beaded nymph.

So far today one fish has been landed by Mark Corps from the Turn pool of 4lbs2ozs on a beaded nymph. Having said that the weather here is absolutely stunning today. Hopefully we may see a change this week or we may be setting a new rainfall record. I may even see the rock in the Grilse pool out of the water for the second time in 23 years. The one in the Quarry pool is already out! D.McEvoy

DSCN1155Lagonda at Delphi - Roger & Carol Corry



























The Last Cast

P1070647The weather here in Delphi has been absolutely stunning since my last update, with no rain and relatively calm conditions. It has been far from ideal for salmon angling, with fish becoming increasingly hard to tempt. Those who persisted with salmon were duly rewarded and we’ve had four in the interim. Many of our guests preferred to concentrate on sea trout and there were some nice trout landed.

Chris Barry from Sydney who does a lot of trout fishing in New Zealand managed to land three of these four salmon. The first was on the 3rd of September on what we could call a New Zealand Collie Dog. The fish was taken from the Quarry pool and weighed in at 4lbs4ozs. He had two on the 4th, the first again from the Quarry, again on a New Zealand Collie Dog and weighing in at 5lbs and the second from the Deadmans on a Minkie Collie Dog weighing in at 5lbs2ozs.

Peter Eaton from London landed our fourth salmon. This came from the Turn pool just as he was finishing up his week. The fish was taken on a Nymph and weighed in at 3lbs4ozs.

Again with the weather sea trout fishing was difficult but any day we get enough wind we got fish. With relatively little fishing effort we landed thirty four sea trout for the week, the biggest of these a fish of approx. 3lbs landed by David Rainford on Doolough.

At the moment we are still experiencing some beautiful Autumnal weather which for the West of Ireland at this time of the year is truly incredible. Our fishing is quite busy now till the 22nd of September but we have availability after that and we will be offering excellent value for those of you who want to try the Last Cast for the 2014 season. Speaking purely from a fishery perspective I would hope that the weather will break before the end of the season and we will get some Atlantic Depressions rolling in.

Finally for those of you who used to love the old Land Rover because you could all hear me coming, well that is no longer the case because our new Land Rover has just arrived and the breaks don’t squeal yet!! D.McEvoy




















Angling Report August 2014

August is normally a difficult month for salmon angling and this year was no erxception, but we still managed to land 43 salmon for the month. Water levels were relatively low for the most part, with rainfall of 213mms (8.38inches) for the month. 111.7mms of this fell in the last week which was when water levels throughout the system finally rose.

Week 32 was the first full week of the month. Water levels at this stage were low but we managed to land ten salmon. Mario Renggli from Switzerland and Daire O’Neill from Dublin managed to land their first ever salmon. Highlight of the week was without doubt Urs’ 400th Delphi salmon which he landed in the Turn Pool on the Neighbours Cat nymph. Others to land fish this week were Gareth Beattie, Oliver Ross, Markus Merz and Alexander Mills.

Week 33 saw sixteen salmon landed. We had a nice fresh in the middle of the week which put water levels up somewhat. Rich Taylor managed to land his first ever salmon, a fine fish from the stream on Finlough of 9lbs14.5ozs. Biggest fish for the week was Urs’ of 11lbs9ozs from the stream on Fin. Urs finished his two week stay with seven fish. Others to land fish in week 33 were Malcolm Bell, Markus Merz, Mark Corps and Sean Dempsey.

Week 34 saw water levels drop off again and rainfall was only 22.1mms which made fishing difficult. We did however manage to land five salmon, with seven year old Tom Burke landing his first ever salmon. Paul Shalvey, Hugh Brennan and John Boland also managed to land fish.

The last week in August saw a dramatic change in the weather with Atlantic Depressions returning after a long absence. This actually meant that there were days when the lakes were unfishable. We landed eleven salmon for the week, with Stephen Kennedy (USA), Ben Beardsworth and Steve Whittaker (UK) all managing to land their first ever salmon. Salmon were also landed by Andrerw Cunningham, William McBurnet, Liam Dennehy, Tom Morrison, David Dunne and Enrico Fantasia with his first Delphi salmon of 11lbs3ozs.

Sea trout fishing was by and large excellent for the month with 289 caught in total. The majority of these were caught early and late, i.e. the sea trout fishing died a bit in the middle of the month and picked up again towards the end. It must also be said that by and large most of the fish were in the ¾ to 1lb bracket but in excellent condition. Hopefully this trend will continue next year.

There is plenty of fishing available over the next month and I would expect catches to improve as is often the case in September. D.McEvoy



















Atlantic Depressions Return

1The weather has changed dramatically since my last update. We had our first real West of Ireland Atlantic depression in months last Thursday. We had gales and 90.8mms (3.57 inches) of rain in a thirty six hour period. The river rose to 90 by Thursday evening and all lakes filled up.

Salmon fishing also picked up, but they were still not giving themselves up by any means. On Monday afternoon Liam Dennehy landed a fish of 4lbs from the Bridge pool on a conehead Cascade.

On Tuesday Ben Beardsworth landed his first ever salmon. The fish was taken off Finlough on a Collie Dog and weighed in at 6lbs2ozs. Wednesday we landed nothing but there were plenty seen and numerous handshakes. Tom Morrison managed to brave the elements on Thursday and landed a relatively fresh fish of 4lbs7ozs from 2the Grilse pool on a Yellow Dog.

On Friday Ben Beardsworth had his second of the week, this time from the Grilse pool on a Cascade and weighing in at 4lbs8ozs. David Dunne also managed to land his first salmon of the year. The fish was taken from the stream in Finlough on a Flame Thrower and weighed in at 3lbs11ozs.

Yesterday we landed two. Enrico Fantasia finally managed to land his first ever Delphi salmon. The fish was taken in Weedy Bay on Doolough on a size 10 Black Pennell and weighed in at 11lbs3ozs. Steve Whittaker also had a fish, his first ever salmon, taken on the Turn pool on a Sunrae Shadow and weighing in at 8lbs7ozs.

3Sea trout fishing was slow at the beginning of the week, with even the great Tom Morrison only managing a few. Yesterday, however it improved dramatically with one boat on Doolugh landing 30 and one on Glencullin landing 14. These fish were nearly all three quarters of a pound with the exception of one of approx. 2.8lbs on Glencullin. That brought total sea trout landed for the week to 62.

Hopefully the salmon will start to get a bit more aggressive now as they often do in September and we should start to land a few more. The Daddies are starting to appear so I would expect the sea trout fishing to continue to improve. There is availability this week so if you have the urge don’t hesitate to contact us. D.McEvoy









Back Again

DSCN1141First of all I must apologise for not updating the blog in a couple of weeks as I was off on holidays. In my absence the fishing continued and indeed was not bad at all with 26 fish landed in the interim.

The weather was relatively dry although we did have one good flood on the 14th that put the river to 70 but it ran off quickly and was below 10 again within four days.

Urs continued in his good vain of form after landing his 400th with a fish from Fin Stream on the 10th of 11lbs9ozs on a Collie Dog. He followed this up on the 12th with one of 6lbs15.5ozs from the harbour on Fin on a Francis.

It was then the Turn of Rich Taylor from Brighton to land his first ever salmon. It was a fine fish of 9lbs14.5ozs from the stream on DSCN1146Finlough, taken on a Cascade on the 13th.

There were two landed on the 14th with Malcolm Bell taking one from the Kings pool of 5lbs5ozs on a Cascade and Markus Merz landing one of 3lbs4ozs on an Ally from Morrisons.

The 15th belonged to Urs when he landed four, one from the Grilse pool of 3lbs on a Silver Stoat. The second was from the Quarry pool also on a Silver Stoat of approx. 4lbs. His third was off Fin of approx. 10lbs on a Willie Gunn and finally the fourth also off Fin on a Willie Gunn of 5lbs1oz.

If the 15th belonged to Urs the 16th belonged to Mark Corps who landed five all off the Turn and Quarry pools, three on beaded nymphs, one on a Cascade and one on a Tara. They weighed in at 4lbs3ozs, 6lbs, 4lbs11ozs, approx. 7 and approx. 5. Sean Dempsey also managed to land two fish both in the Bridge pool on nymphs, one of approx. 3lbs and one fresh fish of 5lbs.

Paul Shalvey had a fish on the 17th off the Turn pool of 4lbs11ozs on a beaded nymph. Tom Burke aged seven also managed to land his DSCN1144first ever also off the Turn pool on a beaded nymph of 6lbs15ozs. Paul Shalvey had another two, one off the Turn pool of 6lbs8ozs on a beaded nymph and one off Finlough of 7lbs1oz on a Collie Dog on the 19th. Hugh Brennan also had a fish off Finlough of 2lbs5ozs on a Delphi Collie.

On the 21st John Boland had one off the Turn pool on a beaded nymph of 3lbs5ozs. Yesterday the fish started to move and we landed three, with Andrew Cunningham having two, one of 8lbs8ozs off Boat Point on Fin on a Collie Dog and the other off the Turn pool of 4lbs12ozs on a Red Francis. Stephen Kennedy also had a fish of 7lbs4ozs off the Turn pool on a nymph.

This morning we got some heavy rain and as the river began to rise William McBarnet had a fresh fish of approx. 7lbs8ozs off the Turn pool on a Cascade. The river is now running at 60 and with broken weather forecast it should keep it at good levels for a few days to come. Although I would say it’s very hard to go by the forecast here for the last couple of months.

Sea trout have been a little quieter in my absence, although this was in part due to the fact that a lot of anglers were targeting salmon. There is no great hatch of Daddy’s yet and I’m sure the sea trout will turn on again then. In the past two weeks we landed approx. 60 again the majority small but in excellent condition.

I would be hopeful that if we get some normal Autumnal weather the fishing will pick up dramatically. D.McEvoy



Urs Bags His 400th

photo 2The highlight of the salmon fishing this week was definitely Urs Leibundgut’s 400th Delphi salmon. This is without doubt a truly incredible feat and just reward for the many hours of perseverance and hard fishing. I suppose it must be said that there is a certain amount skill involved also!! Needless to say there was a glass of celebratory champagne which had been on ice for a couple of months!

The fish weighed in at 6lbs1oz and was taken in the Turn Pool on his own Neighbours Cat Nymph. His fishing partner Markus did make the comment that at this stage the Neighbours Cat must be bald. All I can say on my own behalf is “Well Done Urs” and it is well deserved. It may be a while before anyone else reaches the 400 mark.

Overall our salmon angling this past week has been difficult. We got none of the rain that flooded many parts of the east coast which is highly unusual for us. As a result the river only rose above 0 for a few hours this morning. Other than that it varied between 0 and -5.

We did however manage to land eight fish for the week, seven from the river and one off Finlough.

Gareth Beattie was first off the mark with a fish from the Turn pool last Monday of 4lbs10ozs on a Yellow Gary. Shortly afterwards Mario Renggli from Switzerland managed to land his first ever salmon. DSCN1138Amazingly it was a sea liced fish from the Whin pool that weighed in at 2lbs10.5ozs and was taken on a Blue Charm.

On Tuesday Markus Merz had a fish of 7lbs from the Stream on Finlough on a Tummel shrimp. Wednesday Urs landed his 400th. On Thursday Gareth Beattie landed his second of the week, a relatively fresh fish of 5lbs3ozs from the Whin pool on a Blue Charm. On Friday Oliver Ross had a fish of 4lbs6ozs from the Turn pool on a Willie Gunn. Shortly after Gareth Beattie landed his third of the week, again from the Whin pool of 4lbs14 on a Cascade.

Finally yesterday Daire O’Neill had his first ever salmon. The fish weighed in at 4lbs4ozs and was taken in the Turn pool on a Beaded Bone fishing fly.

Again I say in hope that we may get some broken weather in the early days of this week, with a good deluge of rain which we badly need. If it comes I would expect the salmon fishing to pick up.

On a more positive note our sea trout fishing was excellent, with 130 landed for the week. The majority of these were taken on Doolough and Glencullin on traditional sea trout patterns. Again most of these were from three quarters to one pound but there were some bigger fish also up to 2.5lbs. It must be said that all were in excellent condition.

There is plenty of availability for sea trout fishing, so for anyone that is interested just contact us. D.McEvoy