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Catches Continue at a Steady Pace

27052015_0209Our catches have continued to be steady since my last update, with 18 fish landed in the interim.

Mikko Lofgren continued in his good vein of form, by landing another fish on Wednesday last, this time off Finlough. As in the morning the fish was taken on a General Practitioner and weighed in at approx. 10lbs again.

On Thursday last we landed three. Graham Feilden was the early bird with a lovely fish off the Rock pool before breakfast. The fish was 8lbs10ozs and was taken on a Willie Gunn. Simon Albertini had a cracker from the Whin pool of 10lbs4ozs on a Collie Dog. Mikko Lofgren’s lucky streak continued when he landed his fourth of the week in the afternoon from the Meadow pool, a fresh fish of 8lbs8ozs, 27052015_0428taken again on guess what, a General Practitioner.

On Friday Mikko landed his fifth, this time from Fin and actually on a Red Francis as he had given his General Practitioner to his fishing partner. The fish was taken at Boat Point and weighed in at 6lbs9ozs. Ross Hepburn also had a fish in the afternoon off Finlough on a Red shrimp, weighing 8lbs6ozs.

Saturday basically belonged to Adrian Barry who managed to land three sea liced fish on the river in the morning. The first two were from the Quarry pool and weighed in at 6lbs8ozs and 5lbs10.5ozs respectively and were both taken on a Red shrimp. After that he landed a magnificent fish of 14lbs6ozs from the Whin pool on an Ally shrimp. I should have said that he hooked the fish in the Whin and landed it in the Meadow. This is quite hard to do as I know from experience, having done it myself many years ago. He was ably assisted by his son Arron. Paul Wymes managed to make it four for 27052015_0434the day when he had a fish from the Stream on Fin on a Curry’s Red Shrimp on Saturday evening. That brought the total for week 21 to fourteen fish landed.

David Plumpton got week 22 off the mark, when he landed a nice fresh fish of 5lbs4ozs in the Rock pool on Sunday morning, on a Sunrae Shadow.

We landed four fish on Monday. Ian Carroll had a fresh fish from the Whin pool of 6lbs5ozs on a Jack Power Special. Olivier Plasseraud had a fish of 3lbs11ozs off Doolough. His fishing partner Bertrand Fenart landed one in the Turn pool in the afternoon of 8lbs5ozs on a Nymph. David Plumpton had his second of the week from the Meadow pool on a Francis, weighing in at 7lbs7ozs in the evening.

There were three on Tuesday with Brian Shaw landing a fish of 4lbs15ozs in the Whin pool on a Bann Special. Bob Hadden got off the mark with a fish from the Deadman’s on a Collie Dog, weighing 8lbs. Finally John Bartleet who had just celebrated his 88th birthday managed to land a sea liced fish of 4lbs15ozs on a Cascade from the Rock pool. This was a joint effort with his wife Felicity who had just celebrated her 86th birthday. Well done to them both and I’m sure there’s many of us that hope we can do likewise when we are that age.

Water conditions have been excellent during the past week, but temperatures have been low with the lakes being especially cold and one needs to be dressed as you would in February. Interestingly this fact was highlighted by many people who braved the elements. Hopefully as June approaches the temperatures will pick up somewhat. Water levels remain excellent and the river has risen to 50 today so with a bit of luck we should continue to catch a few!! D.McEvoy



Tony’s Record Still Stands, Surprisingly!!

Delphi_0188Well we are still awaiting a new record to surpass Anthony Barrett-Jolley’s magnificent fish last week. Given our history it may be a while before it is surpassed but one never knows when it might happen! Where there’s one there should be two.

Fishing has continued apace since our Monster blog and we have have some lovely fish landed in the interim. On Wednesday last Peter Milne a long standing syndicate member had a lovely fish of 11lbs2ozs from Wrens Bay on Finlough. The fish was fresh in and took a Thunder and Lightening.

There were three landed on Thursday. Peter Milne had his second for the week, a smaller fish of 6lbs15ozs from Fisherman’s Rock off Doolough. This was shortly followed by his boat partner Hugh Brennan 15 minutes later when he Delphi_0183landed a fish approx. 7lbs again from Fisherman’s Rock off Doolough. Later in the day Christopher Jarman got his first fish of the week in fine style when he landed a tuna like fish from the Rock pool of 13lbs. The fish was fresh in and was taken on a Red Francis.

Christopher had his second of the week the following day, Friday, again from the Rock pool of 8lbs4ozs on the same Red Francis.

Saturday the only fish taken was by Paul Wymes. This was again from the Rock pool and weighed in at 5lbs13ozs and was taken on a Sunrae Shadow. That brought the total for week 20 to eleven fish landed, including of course Tony Barrett-Jolley’s of 20lbs11ozs. We should also mention the unfortunate Stuart Lyon from Scotland who had a really bad run of luck on Friday afternoon and Delphi_0190evening when he had four fish on in the Stream on Finlough, but sadly they all came off. He did say to me the following morning that he had thrown his 15’ double handed rod into Finlough afterwards!! (Needless to say he was only joking)

Sunday saw the start of week 21 with many of the usual suspects returning for another crack at Salmo Salar. Graham Feilden was first off the mark with a fish of 6lbs14ozs from Weedy Point on Fin on a Minkie. John Plumb also got off to a flyer with a fresh fish of approx. 6lbs on a Cascade, from the Goat Pool. Mikko Lofgren from Finland also got off the mark early with a lovely fresh fish of 12lbs2ozs from the Stream on Fin on a General Practitioner.

Monday and Tuesday were extremely difficult with arctic like weather conditions returning and Doolough being more akin to the Atlantic ocean in Wintertime. The greatest excitement of these days was when Charles Dring lost a fish on Fin for reasons unbecoming an angler of his ststus!! Many of his friends have been reminding him of this fact, but hopefully he will be more successful by the week’s end as he often is.

This morning Mikko Lofgren had his second of the week, a fine fish of approx. 10lbs from the King’s pool on the same General Practitioner that worked for him earlier in the week. The river is now running at 38 and the wind has abated slightly and temperatures are supposed to rise which will hopefully make the fish more active as even the water temperature dropped to 7 degrees C during that cold snap on Monday and Tuesday.

Hopefully in the next few days I will have information on Tony’s monster from last week regarding its life and how long it spent at sea. D.McEvoy



Tony Smashes the Modern Record

It’s been a great start to May here at Delphi but all other fish pail into insignificance when compared to the magnificent specimen that Anthony Barrett Jolley (or just Tony to his friends) caught yesterday. The fish was sea liced and weighed in at a staggering 20lbs11ozs. The fish was hooked in the Rock Pool at 5pm and landed at 5.30pm. The pool had already been well fished by a number of experienced anglers who shall remain nameless. Tony was the fourth person to fish the pool in the afternoon. He was using one of our small double handed 12’9” house rods with a sinking tip line. The fly was very traditional, a size 6 Gary Dog double. Tony hooked the fish fairly high up in the pool just at the tail end of the white water, even though the gauge was at 50. The fish was netted by Christopher Jarman and Tony was completely shattered afterwards but he soon overcame this to have the look of a man that had just achieved something great. (So well he should)

Delphi Record Salmon 20lbs11ozs – Rock Pool - YouTube Video

imageSo I must say congratulations to Tony from all of us here at Delphi on this great achievement. I should also say thanks to Christopher for netting a fish of this size.(no easy feat). Finally this was one of our ranched MSW stock and is the biggest we have caught here either on rod or when collecting brood stock. Therefore Laurence should get a special mention as the person that actually brought this fish to the smolt stage. I would be 99% sure that the fish is a male and is most likely a 3 sea winter but as the fish is fin clipped but not tagged, we will wait on scale analysis to determine this fact.

Tony’s fish is definitely the biggest of the modern era. The previous record was not quite held for a year by John Sommerville with his 19lbs9ozs fish off Finlough last May. I believe the all time record is held by Sir. Ronald Windgate who had a fish of 21lbs8ozs on the 18th May 1963 at the Sunk Rock on Doolough, followed an hour later by one of 18lbs8ozs. Both were caught on a Jock Scott and Paddy Heneghan was the ghillie.

Before I leave the subject of Tony’s fish, I must highlight the fact that in some of the photo’s there may be no evidence of a tag. The reason for this is that the tag broke and Tony had great difficulty in holding the fish for any longer than a imageminute due to its size.

Well believe it or not we have actually caught other fish since my last update. On the 9th Jens Kober had his second of the week, a fish of 8lbs10ozs from the Turn pool on a Collie Dog. Heribert also had one from the Rock pool on a Willie Gunn of 9lbs5ozs. Paul Shalvey started his week in fine style with a sea liced fish of approx. 9lbs from the Sluice at Doolough.

Sunday was a total wash out with over 51mms (2”) of rain, with the river rising to 90. Water conditions were excellent on Monday but Finlough was unfishable in the morning due to strong gales. Tony Barrett Jolley had a lovely fish of 9lbs off the Rock pool in the morning on a Cascade conehead. In the afternoon Paul Shalvey did extremely well to land a fish of 8lbs1oz off Fin in difficult conditions. The fish was taken on a Collie variant. Finally Ronan Murphy had a fish of 7lbs2ozs from the Whin pool on a Willie Gunn.

Besides Tony’s fish yesterday we did actually land another. Ronan Murphy had a fish off Finlough of 7lbs8.5ozs on a Willie Gunn. One of the photos shows the two fish together which gives one some idea of the size of Tony’s fish.

So again well done Tony and the challenge has now been laid down for all of you to try and set a new record. You’ll have to keep the flies in the water here to be in with a shout. D.McEvoy























April Report and May Starts with a Flourish


Catches for April were down slightly on our 10 year average but we still managed to land 21 fish for the month. Weather conditions had as usual a huge part to play in this with water levels for the most part being relatively low with only 121.65mms (4.79”) for the month.

The first few days in April were relatively quiet with just two fish landed.

Week 15 was a different story with nine fish landed for the week. The Mills family accounted for three of these, with John the old maestro having two. Gareth Byrne also had two, Mick Kelly, Barbara Ceillier and Luke Drey all had one each. Jack Coulter also had his first ever salmon, a lovely sea liced fish of 8lbs5ozs from the Rock pool on a Park shrimp. Fish of the week was Alexander Mill’s fish of 10lbs3ozs from the Whin imagepool on a Collie Dog.

Week 16 was difficult with plenty of fish entering the system but they were playing hard to get. John Mills was again in his usual dynamic form landing two for the week. Without doubt fish of the week was Mary Donovan’s beauty of 9lbs5ozs from the stream in Finlough on the Felix Dolan.

In week 17 water levels dropped off dramatically but we still managed to land four. Greg Gudger from the US was first off the mark landing his first ever salmon. The fish was taken in the Whin pool on a Delphi Collie and weighed in at 6lbs6ozs. Heinz managed to land two off the river and Urs had one from the stream on Finlough on Saturday evening.

imageAfter experiencing tropical weather the previous 8 to 10 days, week 18 saw a return to Arctic like conditions with the grass minimum temperature dropping to -7.2 degrees C and once again snow lying on the hills. The last few days in April saw an experienced German party from Bavaria land three fish. There were also quite a few hit, missed and seen.

That brought our total for the month to 21 and 46 for the year to date.

May has started extremely well with ten fish landed so far. Water conditions have been excellent and there has been a steady stream of fish entering the system.

Catches so far this week have been very diplomatically spread amongst our anglers. Nearly all those who fished imagemanaged to catch so all I can say is hard luck to those who didn’t.

There were three landed on Monday. Heribert had a fish of 9lbs on a Collie Dog off Fin. Paul Duffy and Angus Sutherland both had fish off the Whin pool. Paul’s was taken on a Hairy Mary and weighed 8lbs1.5ozs and Angus’ was on a Sunrae Shadow and weighed 8lbs14ozs.

Paul Duffy had another fish on Tuesday, this time from the Rock pool on a Delphi Collie. The fish weighed in at 7lbs9ozs.

There were three landed on Wednesday. Jacob had a cracking fish from the Rock pool of 12lbs12ozs on a Willie Gunn. Heribert had one from the New Island pool on a Collie Dog of 7lbs2ozs and Peter O’Reilly the famous APAGI instructor had a lovely fish from the Turn pool on a Felix Dolan of 11lbs9ozs. (If you want to live up to Peter’s standards you could also join him on one of his courses here)

On Thursday Paul Duffy’s son Ben managed to land his first ever salmon. The fish was taken in the Rock pool on a Willie Gunn and weighed in at 6lbs6ozs.

So far today we have had two fish. Jens had one earlier of 6lbs15ozs, again from the Rock pool on a Collie Dog. Ken Williams who was the only one of a group from Munich not to have caught managed to land a fish of 8lbs5ozs in imagethe Waterfall on a Willie Gunn.

There are still plenty of fish entering the system so hopefully the fish will start to be a little more co-operative in the next weeks.

If you were interested in a spot of trout fishing to coincide with Mayfly time, we have a special offer at the moment of;

2 nights B+B plus 1 evening meal, plus boat, picnic lunch and experienced ghillie for a day on the beautiful Lough Carra for 425 euros per person,


3 nights B+B plus 2 evening meals, plus boat, picnic lunch and experienced ghillie on Carra for 2 days for 745 euros per person.

If interested please contact the office. D.McEvoy.





Did I Say Costa del Delphi?

Delphi_0415_0374What a difference a week makes! To say our weather has changed in the last week is a slight understatement. Last week we had highs of 19 degrees C but since Sunday the weather has been turned on its head. Grass min was -7.2 degrees C on Sunday morning and since then it has got cold and windy with a covering of snow on the surrounding hills as can be seen in the attached photo. The cuckoo arrived last week and one of my work colleagues commented on seeing the cuckoo yesterday morning; that he must have thought he had woken up in Greenland.

The upside of the snow on the hills is that we have had some precipitation and the river is now running at 35, in contrast to Saturday when it had fallen to 12 which is a bit on the low side.

We did however manage to land two more fish during the fine weather. Heinz has his second fish of the week on Thursday evening from the Whin pool. The fish was approx. 8lbs and was taken on a Collie Dog. Urs then managed to get his week off to a great start when he landed a fine fish of 9lbs9ozs on Saturday evening from the Stream in Finlough. The fish was taken on a Curry’s Gold Shrimp.

So far this week there have been two fish off Finlough, both taken by Reinhard Mittmann. Both fish were taken on Delphi Collies. The first weighed in at 8lbs4ozs and the second at 7lbs3ozs.

There is now renewed hope and enthusiasm among our angling guests with the river up to 35 and more rain (or hail) due this evening and tonight. Just a couple of hours ago I saw eight springers at the pier in Bundorragha, so with the rising tide they should be in the river by this afternoon.

Here’s hoping for a good rest of the week! D.McEvoy


Costa del Delphi

Delphi_2115_161Well the sun has really come out in fine style here in the last few days, with beautiful clear, sunny dry days with little or no wind. Ideal fishing weather of course, ha, ha!!! It is definitely a wonderful opportunity to see this landscape at its most beautiful.

The fishing is challenging to say the least but we have managed to land five since my last update including two yesterday.

John Mills landed another fish for his week on the 13th. The fish was taken at the Fallen Tree on Fin weighed in at 8lbs5ozs and was taken on a Willie Gunn.

On the 15th there was great celebrations when Mary Donovan landed a beautiful sea liced fish from the stream on Fin. The fish weighed in at 9lbs5ozs and was taken on the Felix Dolan.

Delphi_2115_366John Mills then landed another fish from Finlough on the 16th of approx. 11lbs. Unusually this time the fish was taken on a Connemara Grey.

Yesterday we landed two fish. Greg Gudger from the US managed to land his first ever Atlantic salmon. The fish was taken in bright sunshine from the Whin pool on a Delphi Collie and weighed in at 6lbs6ozs. It was beautifully netted by his fishing partner Melissa Slaughter.

Heinz then had a fish at 5pm from the Rock pool, again in bright sunshine on a Collie Dog. The fish weighed in at 7lbs9ozs.

The river is now running at 17 and dropping, but hopefully we expect some change in weather patterns at the weekend. There are still fish moving up through the system and last week there were plenty but they were very difficult to stir. I would be very hopeful that if we see a change in weather the fish should start to be a lot more active than of late.





Six since the 7th

Delphi_1404_5182Believe it or not I’m actually disappointed with the catch for the last week, given the number of fish that I’m seeing in system. I have often used the expression playing hard to get but it seems that the fish are even gone beyond that stage in the last few days. Water levels are good with the river still running at 30 and the last few days have been overcast with a good breeze, but the fish won’t play. They often say that the rod exploitation rate on spring fish can be as high as 50%, well I can definitely tell you that this is certainly not the case at the moment. Weather patterns obviously have a huge influence on the behaviour of salmo salar. Even the great Peter O’Reilly is baffled and his opinion was much the same as mine, just keep the flies in the water and hope!

Martin and Barbara Ceillier were with us for a few days last week and on this occasion it was Barbara who managed to land a fish before her husband, even though Martin did have quite a few handshakes. Barbara landed a nice fresh fish on the 7th on Finlough of approx. 8lbs on a Sunray Shadow.

Alexander Mills kept the family tradition alive and well when he landed a lovely fish the same day on the Whin Pool of 10lbs3ozs on Delphi_1404_0155(unusually for a Mills) a Collie Dog fished on the dropper. This was taken in bright sunshine late in the morning after the pool had been well fished.

The following day the old maestro himself John Mills had his first of the season, a fish of approx. 9lbs from Finlough on a Willie Gunn.

The following day Jack Coulter at his first attempt salmon fishing and under the watchful eye of Peter Joyce managed to land a cracking fish of 8lbs5ozs in the Rock pool on a Park Shrimp.

John Mills had his second fish of the week on the 10th, again off Finlough of approx. 7lbs on a Willie Gunn. He then had another yesterday of 8lbs5ozs off Finlough on guess what, a Willie Gunn.

Delphi_1404_0152So far today we have no fish landed but there have been some close encounters in both the river and Finlough. Some day in the next while these fish are hopefully going to turn on and someone will have a field day. D.McEvoy













March Report and April Begins with Sunshine and Fish

IMG_7011Our total catch for the month was 13, which is actually the same as last year. It is slightly below the 10 year average, but in my opinion there were plenty of fish entering the system but unusually for springers they were proving hard to get. The river produced six fish and Finlough seven.

Water conditions throughout the month were generally good with a total of 259.7mms (10.22”) of rain. There was a period in the middle of the month where water levels dropped from the 15th to the 25th.

The first week in March saw an experienced group of German anglers land three fish. Marcel Dittrich had two for the week of 11lbs1oz and 8lbs15ozs, while Max Groener managed to land his second ever salmon on his last day with the river running at 70.

IMG_7012There were three the second week by John Shipley, Ronan Walsh and Michael McLaughlin, the pick of which was Ronan Walsh’s picture perfect fish off the Meadow of 9lbs.

An experienced Swedish group had four fish the following week, all off Fin. The pick of these was Hasse Dehlin’s of 9lbs9ozs. I must also mention Nils Anderssen, a Norwegian big fish specialist who finally managed to land his first Delphi salmon.

The fourth week was a bit slow with only two landed, but there were quite a few risen and lost. The two landed were both off Fin taken by Florian Schweitzer and Ralph Dietrich

The last few days in March saw Atlantic depressions return with a vengeance with plenty rain and strong gales with cold North Westerly’s. Keith Pilkington landed the last fish of the month on the 30th, from the Waterfall of 8.5lbs approx. on a Collie Variant. That brought our total for the month to thirteen and twenty five for the first two months of the season.

The first six days in April has seen some good angling here at Delphi with six fish landed. The sunshine has appeared again and the scenery is only stunning. Water levels have also held up nicely with the river now running at 40. There are also good numbers of fish running. Any time I check the river I see fish and they seem to be a little more active despite the beautiful weather.

Heribert had a sea liced fish of 6lbs on the 1st of April from the Deadmans on a Beltra Badger. This was followed up on the 3rd by Lennart who landed one of approx. 7lbs from the Meadow Pool on a Delphi Collie.

We then had two fish on the 5th both landed by Gareth Byrne the first of 7lbs6ozs from the Meadow Pool on a Red Francis tube. His second was also from the Meadow pool of approx. 8.5lbs and again on the Red Francis tube. There were two on the 6th with Mick Kelly landing the first of approx. 8lbs on a Collie Dog. Luke Drey landed a nice fish of approx. 7lbs shortly afterwards on a Cascade tube. This believe it or not was the first fish landed in the Rock pool this year which for those of you who know the system is amazing.

Top of the pools is the Meadow pool with ten landed followed by the Waterfall with five. This is actually ten more than the two combined last year. I expect water levels to hold nicely till the weekend at least, so I’ll be expecting and hoping for a few more fish in the next few days.




Fish Playing Hard to Get

Delphi_31032015Well, since my last update we have landed three fish, but there have been plenty fish seen and lost. Added to this I can still see fish entering the system on a regular basis, but I can’t really blame the anglers as we had an experienced group for the week. It just appears that the fish were not in the mood to play!

Two of the fish last week were off Finlough. The first was taken by Florian Sweitzer at Weedy Point on a new fly tied by Florian himself called a Samurai tube. The fish weighed in at 7lbs4ozs and was fresh but without sea lice.

The second was also off Finlough taken by Ralph Dietrich in Sligo Bay on a Delphi Collie. The fish was 6lbs10ozs again fresh but without sea lice. It was slightly smaller than one of the previous fish taken by Ralph off Finlough. In 1993 Ralph had the biggest fish of the season when he landed a fine fish on the 2nd of April at Boat point on a Hairy Mary. The fish weighed in at 14lbs110zs.

Our third fish was taken yesterday by a regular Delphi visitor, Keith Pilkington. Keith had a lovely sea liced fish of approx. 8.5lbs from the Waterfall on a Collie Variant. Keith even had to net the fish himself as his long time fishing partner, Peter Morrison (of Morrison pool fame) became ill last week and couldn’t be with us this year. Needless to say Keith was smiling from ear to ear and it wasn’t long before he Delphi_31032015_2was on to his old mate to convey the good news and gloat of course!!

That brings our total for the year so far to 25 which is 10 more than this time last year. I would be hoping for a few more this week as water conditions are perfect and hopefully the wind will ease somewhat in the next few days. D.McEvoy






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