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Swedes Land Four From Finlough

delphi_20150319_2Well after quite a protracted spell of typically West of Ireland weather with heavy rain and severe gales our weather finally settled. This coincided with the arrival of a group of seriousbig river and big fish specialists from Sweden who normally fish the famous Norwegian salmon waters.

We had beautiful sunshine, light winds and no rain all week. After the previous few weeks, water levels held up nicely, falling slowly throughout the week with the gauge now reading 28. However, the fish in the river proved difficult to catch, even though I know there were fish running because any time I checked, I saw fish.

As is often the case once we get into March Finlough started to produce fish. Our Swedish party managed to land four. First off the mark, showing up the boys was Lisa Engberg with a nice fish of 8lbs. The fish was taken at Boat Point, on a Collie Dog and was in a day or two.

We then had a family double when Hasse Dehlin and his son Thomas landed one each. Hasse had a cracking fish of 9lbs9ozs from the bottom reeds. This was taken on a Tosh and again was only in a day or two. Thomas’ was slightly smaller at 7lbs1oz and was taken at the Fallen Tree on a Collie Dog. Again this fish didn’t have sea lice but was just in.

Finally Nils Anderssen who specialises in big fish in Norway had always found it difficult to transfer that expertise to delphi_20150319our smaller fish here managed to land a fish of approx. 7.5lbs on a Collie Dog. Well done Nils.

It looks like the settled weather will continue into the middle of next week, when we may get a belt of rain. At the moment there is still plenty of water for fish to run and only this morning I saw fish at the bottom. With a group of experienced anglers arriving tomorrow it will be interesting to see how they fare out. D. McEvoy










A Week of Extremes

delphi_salmon_meadow_10032015_1In my last update I did mention that the weather this week was supposed to be mixed! To say this was a slight understatement is rather appropriate as we had some truly beautiful days. They were the kind that landscape photographers dream of. We also had the complete opposite with driving rain and winds that you would have to brace yourself against to remain standing.

On these days fishing was almost impossible, as a result of high water, violent winds and the usual tons of sedge grass in the water. Monday was one of these, when I was tasked with trying to demonstrate to a film crew how to hook and land a spring salmon. Needless to say given the conditions I failed miserably even though I actually saw fish.

In the five days since Sunday it has actually made 76.6mms (3.02”) of rain. The river was actually at its lowest on delphi_salmon_meadow_10032015Tuesday afternoon and even this morning it is running at 60. Yesterday morning it was just below 100, which makes fishing difficult to say the least.

Tuesday was actually the nicest fishing day and we managed to land two and there were also a couple lost. John Shipley from England had the first, a small fish of 4lbs5ozs in the Meadow pool on a Cascade conehead.

A couple of hours later Ronan Walsh who had gone through an unlucky spell here last year losing a couple and it looked like it was going to continue in the same vein as he had lost a fish in the morning, managed to land a cracking fish of 9lbs from the Meadow pool on a White Winged Cascade. His fishing partner for the day Ciaran Boland blanked but he did gracefully land Ronan’s fish. Again it was one of those picture perfect spring salmon, short delphi_13032015and deep.

This morning, conditions were ideal, with the river at 58 and Michael McLaughlin from Armagh made the most of these conditions. He landed a lovely fish of 8lbs14ozs in the Meadow on a Willie Gunn.

Conditions played a big part in the week so far, making angling difficult. Having said that I believe there are still good numbers running the system as anytime I look for fish I can see them which is always a good sign. It looks like the weather is finally going to settle so conditions should be ideal for the next week or so and this will hopefully enable our anglers to land a few fish! D.McEvoy












Three for the Week

delphi_06032015Week 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.

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.

delphi_07022015Yesterday 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. D.McEvoy








Best February Since 2001

Delphi_River_Feb2015February 2015 was an excellent month for salmon fishing here at Delphi, with a total of twelve fish landed for the month. This makes it the most successful February since 2001.

You could say it started with a blast, excuse the pun, as we had a group of Germans from Bavaria who came over for the blast and cast. The blast was good, but the cast was beyond our wildest dreams with four fish landed on opening day. The highlight of these was Andreas Durr’s first ever salmon of 6lbs11ozs landed in the King’s pool on a Willie Gunn. It was rather appropriate as Andreas’ son Florian had just bagged his first woodcock with the last shot of the 2014/15 season, the previous day.

Local angler Sean Moogan from Westport managed to land a nice fish the following day of approx. 6.5lbs also on a Willie Gunn in Cooleens.

Water levels dropped off quite a bit then as we experienced quite a bit of dry settled weather. It wasn’t until Valentines’ day when Delphi’s own Mick Wade bagged a beautiful fish of 10lbs14ozs from the Whin pool on a Delphi Collie that we landed our sixth of the season.

Week 8 was one of near misses with quite a few anglers encountering fish but none managed to stay on until Steve Jones did exceptionally well to hook and land a fish in the Schoolhouse with the gauge at 63. The fish weighed in at 6lbs15ozs and was taken on a Delphi Collie.

An experienced party headed by Angus Sutherland fished hard all weekend with David Felton finally bagging a fish in the last few casts. The fish was taken on a Collie Dog from the Waterfall and weighed in at 7lbs4ozs.

There then followed an exceptional three days which was experienced by three Northern anglers headed by Philip McGarrity. They landed four fish and lost two. Robert Arthurs landed his first ever, a fish of 9lbs9ozs in the King’s on a Delphi Collie. Philip McGarrity landed three for three days, one from Cooleens of 7lbs7.5ozs and two from the Waterfall of 8lbs10ozs and approx. 8.5lbs, all on a Delphi Collie. We must spare a thought for the third member of the party George Yendell who sadly lost two fish.

The last two days of February saw quite a lot of rain with the river rising to 90 on Saturday afternoon in conjunction with southerly gales. Then the temperatures plummeted, both air and water and we even had some snow at ground level which makes spring fishing even more challenging. The river was at 70 on Sunday, 65 yesterday and is down to 58 today. This should bode well for the days to come as the temperatures, hopefully are supposed to rise.

All in all it was a great start to the 2015 season and personally February is one of my favourite months to fish as it’s great to get a fly in the water again. The contrast in weather conditions can also be fascinating and the peace and quiet is great. There is also the added bonus that the Bundorragha is almost always fishable due to the clarity of our water which is due to the three lakes on the system and the fact that most of the water comes off rock rather than bog. It is only in very high water or exceptional winds due to sedge grass in the water that it becomes unfishable but this normally only lasts for a few hours.

After a great February, here’s hoping the rest of the season continues in the same vein. D.McEvoy


Three in A Row

delphilodge_250215Well the fish keep coming as we landed another one at Delphi today. This time it was the turn of Philip McGarrity. Philip landed a sea liced fish in Cooleens on a Delphi Collie, weighing in at 7lbs7.5ozs. Needless to say Philip was thrilled.

You may notice from the picture that it looks like it has an adipose fin, but it’s actually only a partial one. It’s what I would call a Monday morning clip. In fairness when you’re clipping 5 or 6000 a day in water temperature sometimes as low as 3.5 degrees C the odd partial clip is inevitable. So it’s actually a fish that would have been clipped and tagged in January 2013, released in late April 2013, migrated more than likely to the west coast of Greenland to feed and made the long journey back before re-entering the system yesterday or today and was then caught by Philip.

Hopefully tomorrow it will be the turn of George Yendell , who having lost one yesterday, actually lost another today. With a bit of luck it will be third time lucky for George!! D.McEvoy



Arthurs Bags His First Ever

delphi240215I did say yesterday that expecting a fish a day this time of year is indeed a tall order, but we managed to achieve that feat today. The weather was a little kinder than yesterday and water levels were about the same at 63 and falling slowly.

Robert Arthurs who travelled from the North with Philip McGarrity and George Yendell managed to land his first ever salmon. He was only fishing about 20 mins when he hooked a fish in the Kings pool on a Delphi Collie. The fish was duly brought to net and landed by Philip. I believe George had to lie down for a few minutes after to compose himself and needless to say he was in that kind of a place that you often see with people who have just landed their first ever salmon. Well done Robert. The fish weighed in at 9lbs9ozs and was only in the system a few hours.

I must also mention George Yendell who had the misfortune of losing a good double figure fish in the Holly pool in the afternoon. Hopefully he can put this right tomorrow and keep this fish a day going! You’d never know. DMcEvoy


Persistence and Skill Pays Off

DSCN1223_2In my last update on Saturday I did mention that we had a group of battle hardened spring salmon anglers who I was expecting great things from and I’m glad to say they didn’t disappoint. There is no point in saying that it was easy, because salmon fishing this time of year isn’t supposed to be and while it would be lovely to have a fish a day in February it is indeed rare in the extreme.

David Felton had managed to hook a fish on Saturday but it was a dreaded head shaker, to which there is generally only one outcome, i.e. getting off. Angus, Niall and Enrico tried hard but had no luck. Water levels rose again on Saturday night so fishing yesterday was difficult, with levels up to 75-80 and the usual sedge grass thrown in for good measure, which makes fishing difficult.

Last night we had very strong winds and it became bitterly cold with hail showers. Water levels were down to 63 which is better. The extreme weather however did not deter David Felton and Angus who braved the elements again this morning. David was duly rewarded for his persistence and skill of course, when he landed a lovely sea liced 7lbs4ozs fish in the Waterfall on a Collie Dog.

I’m afraid the only fishing we have left this week is on the lakes where there has to be a number of fish at this stage. The only downside would of course be temperatures, but if there is any one brave enough to venture out just give us a call.

If this happened to be on Friday you would of course have the added bonus of being able to stay in the Lodge as we are reopening then for the season. D.McEvoy



Excellent February to Date

DSCN1218First of all I must apologise that my updates have been less frequent than usual. The reason for this is I have been moving office up to the Old Rod room (for those of you who remember where that was), and both the computer and myself have been in limbo land. Thankfully I just got everything set up yesterday and for those of you who use the cottages you’ll be all glad to hear that this improvement in technology also means that there is now wi fi in the cottages.

My old office has been turned back into a twin room and is to be renamed “The Heneghan Suite” in honour of the Heneghan family and especially one of the former great characters of Delphi, Paddy.

Well the fishing in February has been excellent and we have now caught seven to date. From my own observations, not alone have we caught seven but anytime I have checked the river, more often than not I have seen fresh fish. We had a period where the DSCN1205water got low but even then I saw fish. During this low water we had some of the most beautiful weather when even an amateur like me can take beautiful photos. It’s days like these that make spring fishing special.

Friday week last I also saw the otter in daytime hours and followed him up the Turn pool for 100 metres and also managed to get a few photos. Although I must say that on this occasion the otter was less successful than Delphi’s own Mick Wade who managed to land a cracking fish on Valentine’s Day.

Last week we had three to four anglers all week and the majority all met or lost fish on the river. Water levels were excellent DSCN1209throughout the week varying from 50 to 65.

Our first fish of the week was however only landed on Friday by Steve Jones who did exceptionally well to hook and land a fish in the Schoolhouse with the river at 62. He was on the far side as this pool fishes much better on the opposite bank in high water. It was his last cast there and he reckoned the fish’s tail must have been rubbing against the weir at the outflow. The fish was sea liced, was taken on a Delphi Collie and weighed in at 6lbs15ozs.

I’m expecting great things this weekend as we have four hardened salmon anglers spearheaded by Angus Sutherland. “No pressure lads.”

That brings our total for February to date to seven fish, which if it stays like that will be the most productive since 2007 when we had nine. I would be very hopeful that we will get a few more before the month is out. D.McEvoy


Valentines’ Day’ Fish

The first signs of Spring are everywhere here at Delphi today and no better way to celebrate this than by landing a beautiful fish from the Bundorragha River.

Michael Wade did just that at 13:45pm today. Caught on a Delphi Collie from the Whin Pool and weighing in at 10lb14oz. A great fish on a wonderful Spring day!















Only One Today

Well, we’re still trying to contemplate the enormity of landing four fish on the 1st of February. If it was the 1st of April you would have to assume it was an April fool joke, but it wasn’t. It was a truly memorable day and one that will be very difficult to repeat on opening day.

We had to come back down to earth today and get on with the normal routine, which at the moment is tagging smolts and picking eggs. Having said that we had four anglers today and there is a great buzz and sense of excitement about the place after such a tremendous start.

The excellent fishing continued today as we had one fish landed. Sean Moogan from Westport who by his own admission is more a lake man than a river man and in all the years he has been fishing Delphi had never landed a fish on the river. Sean was over the moon when he hooked and landed a fish of approx. 6.5lbs in Cooleens. The fish was taken on Willie Gunn Waddington.

River height is now 35 which is actually ideal when the water temperatures are as low as they are, 5 degrees C. With some rain tonight it may rise a bit so conditions should remain good for a few days to come yet.

Again I should remind you all that we have availability for the next few weeks, so get on that phone and give us a call. D.McEvoy