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30/10/2014

Delphi Events Calendar Nov 2014

November’s here and we’re asking, where has the year gone? Still plenty to do in the Galway, Westport and Southwest Mayo region though with everything from Arts and Science Festivals to adventure sports such as Turf Warrior in Leenane and Sea2Summit in and around Westport. Towards the end of the month you’ll notice things starting to get a little festive…

Here’s what’s going on in the region in the coming month.
Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar November 2014.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning

the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

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05/10/2014

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.

 

01/10/2014

Delphi Events Calendar October 2014

Delphi Valley is the perfect place to witness the change in seasons and at Delphi Lodge we provide a wonderful setting in which to truly immerse yourself in nature. Our guests have been enjoying a complimentary climate upgrade which may well last through the month (give or take the odd dramatic interlude). more

24/09/2014

Delphi Lodge Early Autumn Special

B70_1607Farm to Fork and Shore to Table, Meet our Food Suppliers

Stay and dine at Delphi Lodge on the weekend of the 17th & 18th October and enjoy a day trip along the Killary Fjord where we will meet some of our local food suppliers.

Tom Nee, a traditional hill sheep farmer, will explain all that is involved in producing Connemara hill lamb in these dramatic mountains on the edge of the Atlantic. He will demonstrate gathering sheep with his collie dogs and will also show the cutting and saving of turf on his family bog.

A short walk further along the Fjord will bring us to shellfish farmers, Simon & Kate Kennedy, of Killary Fjord Shellfish.

B70_1489Simon will explain and show all involved in producing mussels and preparing clams & oysters for market. While with the Kennedys, there will be a complimentary light lunch, comprising of fresh Oysters, Irish Cheese Board and our very best Delphi white wine.

This area is along the historic Famine Road on the south shore of the Killary Fjord and after lunch there will be the opportunity to enjoy a guided scenic walk along the route to better understand the famine history of this region.

Later on, back at Delphi Lodge, we will be joined by Alan Gilligan of Gilligan Meats. A Traditional Beef Farming Family from Roscommon who, mindful of the stress of transportation for livestock, have taken their business a step further and B70_1505now provide a complete ‘grass to table’ service. Alan now supplies many of Ireland’s premier restaurants including Delphi Lodge.

Before dinner and over a few drinks Alan will give a short presentation on how the Gilligan Farming method ensures that only premier meat products are produced.

Dinner will be hosted by our Manager Michael Wade and our Head Chef Pascal Marinot will compose the menu around the ingredients available from the suppliers you will meet. You will get to taste first-hand the freshness & quality of their produce.

B70_1521Two nights Bed & Breakfast with Dinner each evening at €295 per person sharing, including complimentary guided day out on the Saturday with seafood and cheese lunch along the fjord.

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21/09/2014

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

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09/09/2014

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

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04/09/2014

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

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02/09/2014

September Specials

Thinking of a last minute break ? Delphi Lodge is the perfect location to watch the change in the season.

Choose from

Two nights’ B&B in a Lakeview Premier Double Room for 2 people at €420.

Or

Two nights’ B&B in a Classic Double Room for 2 people at €380.

For more information email Carole or Anne at info@delphilodge.ie

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31/08/2014

Delphi Events Calendar September 2014

Where did the summer go? September has arrived and it’s time to see what’s happening in the Galway, Connemara and Southwest Mayo region. Plenty going on in the area if you’re planning a trip.Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar September 2014.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

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31/08/2014

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