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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



Angling Report July 2014

It was an unusual month for angling at Delphi, with climatic conditions far from ideal for salmon angling. We had 156.3mms (6.15inches) of rain for the month, but the river only got to a decent level for a few days in the middle of the month. A lot of the time the weather was heavy and fish were playing more than hard to get. As a result total salmon landed for the month was forty.

The first few days of the month coincided with the second half of week 27. We had five fish in this period. The highlight of this was Patrick Hughes from Australia who landed his first ever salmon, a fine fish of 12lbs5ozs from the Turn pool on a Green nymph. Fish were also landed by Giovanni Mazzoleni, Reinhard Mittmann, Ash Mathews and Pat Cassidy.

Week 28 was a relatively dry week with only 24.1mms of rain and the river dropped off dramatically during the week. The pick of these was Sean Dempsey’s fish of approx. 14lbs taken on a Dempsey nymph from the Turn pool. Sean also landed three more, while Conor Hannon, and Nick Kreissl had one each.

Week 29 was the wettest week of the month, with 56.8mms and also the best for angling, with fifteen fish landed. Best of the week was Alan Boyd’s fish of 10lbs4ozs from the Turn pool on a Beaded nymph. Alan also had three more. Michael Righton had two from the Turn pool in half an hour, as did Patrick Carroll also from the Turn pool and Paul Smyth from the Quarry Run. Bill Williams, Ken McMillan, Pat Timpson, George Westropp and Mike Shortt also had a fish each.

Week 30 again saw the water run off with only 25.4mms. There were nine fish landed with Christopher Jarman accounting for four of these. John Mills had two, while his son Alexander had one, as did Anthony Walsh and Bob Hadden.

The remaining few days of the month were extremely difficult with water levels below 0 but there were still fresh fish seen and a few caught. The highlight of these was John Coulter’s first ever salmon, a sea liced 5lbs3ozs fish from the Whin pool on a Red Frances. William Beattie had two lovely fish on the afternoon of the 28th. His son Gareth had one on the 30th and Ross Sweeney finished the month off with a fish of 7lbs7ozs from Finlough.

On a more positive note we landed 103 sea trout for the month. Catches were slow enough to begin but they picked up towards the end of the month and have continued to do so in the first week or so of August with some excellent sport being had. Hopefully with some good rainfall I would also expect salmon catches to pick up. D.McEvoy


















Delphi Events Calendar August 2014

D70_0650August is off to a flying start with a Bank Holiday Weekend. We have Gaelforce West taking place in the area and everything from heritage week, triathlons through to outdoor theatre in the grounds of Westport House. Whatever your interest…it’s covered.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar August 2014.
Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.




















Weather Still Playing it’s Part

DSCN1126Another week has passed here at Delphi with the climatic conditions making angling extremely difficult. For the most part the week was fine and dry with little or no wind. We only had 7.3mms of rain for the week, so the river is basically on it’s knees or even below that. The river is now running at about -3, despite all the rain that fell in Munster and especially Leinster in the past 24 hours.

Having said all that there were still fresh fish coming in and people were reporting fresh fish in the river and Finlough but they were playing harder than hard to get. Water temperatures are still above 15 degrees C. Bearing all this in mind we only managed to land seven salmon for the week.

The first was taken last Sunday by John Coulter who managed to land his first ever salmon, a sea liced fish of 5lbs3ozs from the Whin pool on a Red Frances.

William Beattie managed two the following day. The first was a sea liced fish from the Meadow pool of 3lbs14ozs taken on a Willie Gunn. The second was a cracking fish of 6lbs14ozs from the Quarry Run on a Gary Dog.

Gareth Beattie had a sea liced fish on the 30th from the Rock Pool of approx. 5.5lbs on a Cascade with the river at 5.

DSCN1136Ross Sweeney had a fish of 7lbs7ozs from Finlough on a Collie Dog on the 31st. Gareth Beattie managed to land his second of the week on the 1st from the Turn pool of 6lbs1oz on a Curry’s Red. Finally Alexander Mills had a lovely fish of approx. 6lbs from the Whin pool on a Silver Wilkinson.

Sea tout fishing was however quite good despite limited pressure with approx. 40 landed for the week to 2lbs. The majority were .75lbs to 1lb and all are in good condition. There is no doubt that it’s hard to beat a good session of sea trout fishing on Doolough or Glencullin. Any readers who have the urge to give the sea trout a go just call me here at Delphi.

Hopefully we’ll get some rain this week which should liven things up a bit. D.McEvoy





Balmy Weather

DSCN1124The most memorable element of the past week here at Delphi has been the weather. We had little or no wind most of the week and it was incredibly warm and humid with temperatures as high as 26 degrees C. We also got some good thundery downpours which totalled to 25.4mms. The only problem with the thunder lumps is they run off very quickly.

With this in mind I suppose I should tell you that the fishing was difficult to say the least, with only nine fish landed since my last update. Again there were fish coming in on every tide but there was little or no take on them at all.

First off the mark this past week was Christopher Jarman with a picture perfect sea liced grilse of 6lbs9ozs off the Quarry Run on a Willie Gunn. He followed this up half an hour later with an old fish of 7lbs15ozs off the Turn pool on a Nymph.

There were two on the 21st, with Bob Hadden landing a fish of approx. 3lbs8ozs in Morrisons on a Cascade mini tube. This was followed by the old maestro himself John Mills with a fish of 6lbs11ozs off Finlough on a Willie Gunn.

We had two again on the 22nd, with Alexander Mills landing one of 3lbs1oz from the Turn pool on a nondescript and Christopher Jarman with a fine fish of approx. 9lbs off Finlough on a Red Francis. Christopher had his fourth of the week on the 23rd off the Turn pool on a Nymph weighing in at 9lbs14ozs.

John Mills had his second of the week on the 25th on a Willie Gunn from Finlough weighing in at approx. 3lbs. Finally Anthony Walsh had one on the 26th off the Bridge pool on a Beaded Nymph weighing in at approx. 3lbs.

Sea trout were relatively slow this week with only 26 landed. The highlight of this was John and Alexander Mills who had fifteen in a session off Doolough. Conditions were far from ideal for sea trout fishing.

Water levels are now at 15 so hopefully we will get some rain during the week. Temperatures are supposed to drop a little which would indeed be a great help as it might liven things up a bit. D.McEvoy

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Fish Showing

Fishing has improved here at Delphi in the past week, but more importantly the number of fish entering the system has improved dramatically, especially in the latter half of the week. Having said that fish were still playing hard to get, but we did manage to land fifteen for the week. It must be said that generally we had excellent water conditions on the river with water finally falling off to 30 on Saturday evening.

George Westropp was first off the mark, last Sunday with a nice fish from the Stream on Finlough of 5lbs5ozs on a Verminator.

Bill Williams managed to land a sea liced fish of approx. 5lbs in the Quarry pool on an Allie shrimp on Monday.

On Tuesday we landed four fish. Mike Shortt had one off the Turn pool of 3lbs6ozs on a Collie Dog. Pat Timpson had one off Quarry Flats on a Cascade of 4lbs3ozs. Michael Righton then had an amazing hour at the head of the Turn pool between 9 and 10pm in torrential rain when he lost five and landed two, both on a Collie Dog, the first of 3lbs11ozs and the second of 7lbs1oz.

Wednesday, Patrick Carroll had two off the Turn pool, both on a Collie Dog of 1lbs9ozs and approx.3lbs.

Thursday belonged to the dynamic Northern duo of Alan Boyd and Ken McMillan who landed four for the day. Before starting one of them happened to startle three ladies who were skinny dipping. On exiting the water one of them suggested that it might be his lucky day. As it turned out they were right. Alan Boyd managed to land three fish; one from Morrison’s of 5lbs2ozs on a Cascade and two from the Quarry of 3lbs1oz and approx. 3lbs on a Yellow Shrimp and Cascade respectively. Ken McMillan had a fish of approx. 6lbs from the Kings on a Willie Gunn.

Friday, Alan Boyd landed a big old springer of 10lbs4ozs from the Turn pool on a Beaded nymph.

Saturday Paul Smyth from Tullamore finally got off the mark with two fish in quick succession from Quarry Run. They weighed in at 4lbs and approx. 5lbs and were taken on a Yellow Allie.

On the sea trout front George and Helen Westropp had an entertaining afternoon on Glencullin with eight finnock to 1lb and a ewe. They noticed a ewe swimming across Glencullin and they did their good deed and towed her ashore.

In total we had 50 sea trout to 1lb8ozs for the week. Most of the fish were under a pound but all in excellent condition. Hopefully it bodes well for the sea trout this year and for any of you sea trout enthusiasts out there it may be worth giving it a go. D. McEvoy



















Fish Playing Hard To Get

After some nice water last Saturday, I was expecting some reasonable catches but I’m afraid it was rather slow with only six fish landed for the week. Water levels were above 15 till Thursday which although low is enough to bring fish. Most fisheries seem to have a similar story at the moment with a few exceptions.

There were grilse seen here during the week but they were less than co-operative. Conor Hannon had the first fish of the week on Monday, a sea liced 3lbs2ozs fish from the grilse pool on a Cascade. Sean Dempsey managed to land two on Tuesday. The first was 6lbs12ozs on a Beaded Nymph from the Turn pool and the second a 2lbs fish from the Bridge pool on a Delphi Collie. On Wednesday Nick Kreissl managed to land his first ever salmon on the fly from Salmon City on Finlough. The fish weighed in at 6lbs1oz and was taken on a Yellow Allie. That evening Sean Dempsey landed a sea liced fish of approx. 14lbs from the Turn pool on a Dempsey nymph. On Thursday, whilst fishing with Roger Kenny, Sean Dempsey again, with the expert help of Roger, managed to land a 9lbs fish from Salmon City on Finlough on Jungle Bunny Bibio.

On a positive note there appear to be some good sea trout arriving and there were some landed during the week, although nobody has specifically targeted them yet. That may change this week as we have some old time sea trout anglers fishing with us. So it will be interesting to see what sea trout catches are like this week.

We have had some light rain today and the river having fallen to 10 yesterday is now running at 25 and with more forecast for Monday I would be hopeful of more Grilse showing up in the system.




















DSCN1113Fishing conditions here at Delphi were extremely difficult all week until Friday as we finally got some much needed rain on Thursday night, 21.3mms to be exact which put the river up to 40 by lunchtime. After the long dry spell it was however rather coloured at first.

This was in stark contrast to earlier in the week when our Mediterranean weather continued and the river dropped off to minus 10, with the tip of the rock in the Quarry pool just visible by Thursday. It made fishing the river very difficult because of low flows, with most people concentrating on the Turn and the Quarry pools. Tuesday was a truly incredible day almost flat calm and clear blue skies. I personally had a group sea fishing with John Brittain out of Cleggan and the scenic picture below is actually of a sea stack and the cliffs on the west side of InisTurk. You could probably count on one hand the number of days in the year you could get that close to these cliffs. photoAir temperatures peaked at 22.9 degrees C with the water temperature rising to an amazing 21 degrees C.

This however did not deter Patrick Hughes from Melbourne who managed to land his first ever salmon, a cracking 12lbs5oz fish from the Turn pool on a beaded nymph. Giovanni Mazzoleni from Florence also managed to wangle one out of the Turn pool of 6lbs11ozs also on a beaded nymph. We must spare a thought for Janet Till from Devon who was also seeking that elusive first ever, managed to hook numerous but didn’t manage to hold on, which was indeed a great pity.

Michael Fisher did manage to land a beautiful 2.8lbs approx. sea trout off Finlough. I must again give credit to all our anglers earlier in the week as they thoroughly enjoyed the social aspect of their holiday despite the terrible fishing conditions.

Thursday night, Friday morning the rain finally came and the river albeit a bit coloured became fishable again. There was a fish lost in the Rock pool just before lunch and then in the afternoon Reinhard Mittmann managed to land a good fish of 6lbs14.5ozs off the Stream on Fin on a Delphi Collie. He landed the fish just in time see the Germany beat France in the World Cup.

DSCN1117Today the river was in lovely order with the water running at 28. There were quite a few fish seen and lost and as of this point in time we have landed two. Ash Mathews had the first, a sea liced 6lbs15oz fish off the Whin pool on a Sunrae Shadow. Pat Cassidy had the second, a picture perfect grilse of 4lbs6ozs taken in the Quarry Run on a Delphi Collie.

The river is still at 25, so hopefully we will get some showers or rain overnight to keep it at a fishable level for the next few days. D.McEvoy











Angling Report June 2014

Fishing this month basically reflected our weather patterns. We had twenty eight fish for the first two weeks and then eleven for the second two. All rainfall in June 85.2mms (3.35”) bar 13.2mms fell in the first thirteen days. After that we became Costa Del Delphi with air temperatures rising to 24.9 degrees C and water temperatures peaking at 19.7 degrees. This makes salmon angling a little bit difficult to say the least. However I must give credit to the people who were here in those difficult weeks as they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and appreciated Delphi and this part of Ireland for what it really is.

Week 23 we managed to land thirteen fish. Husband and wife pairing of Martin and Barbara Ceillier managed to land three of these. All up eleven anglers managed to land fish, which I must say was a very even spread. There were three firsts with Charles Finch (UK), Lukas Steinmann (Germany) and Anabelle Tomes (USA) managing to land their first ever salmon. Others who had a fish each were David Walmsley, Fred Eberle, Bill Middleton, David Rainford and Ian Carroll. Manfred Wolf had two including the fish of the week of approx. 13lbs off Finlough.

Week 24 we landed fifteen fish, the majority of which were Springers, some still fresh run fish. We had no firsts as we had a rather experienced bunch of anglers. Those to land salmon included Chris Cromey Hawke, Chris Dickinson, Mike and Mark Shortt, Jean Howman, David Hewetson Brown, Peter Joyce, Tom Callanan, Sean Moogan, David Duffy and the dynamic duo of John Mills and Alan Dunlop. Biggest fish of the week was David Duffy’s 10lbs fish off Finlough.

Week 25 was beautiful, but not particularly for fishing. We landed three fish with two people landing their first ever salmon. David Hartstein and Jeff Mouttet, both from the USA had sea liced fish from the Turn pool. Margaret Downes also managed to land a sea liced fish of 9lbs.

Considering the conditions the German party in week 26 did rather well, even though there was particular emphasis on the social aspect of the week, which I must say makes our job much easier. They managed to land eight fish with Benni Weltz having four, Martin Nolde two and Sean Dempsey two.

The river is now at minus 5, so fishing this week will be difficult. 39 fish for the month brings our total for the year to 121, which is not bad at all as fishing generally around the country has been slow. Hopefully with a drop of fresh water our Grilse will start running in numbers. D.McEvoy


Delphi Events Calendar July 2014

Summer is in full swing here in the west of Ireland – gorgeous days for walking, cycling and visiting the many festivals happening in the Galway, Westport and Southwest Mayo region. You’ll be spoilt for choice with musical and food festivals, garden trails, horse racing at the Galway Races and Carrowniskey, dog shows, heritage events…you can even have a go at a bit of scuba diving. It’s all happening in the West.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar July 2014.
Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.