Flyfishing School

featuring Robert Gillespie

World-class instruction at Ireland’s most beautiful fishing lodge

Robert_Gillespie_3At Delphi Lodge we are able to provide world class tuition through our resident instructor, Robert Gillespie. Fly fishing instruction can be as simple as a short visit for half a day or built into a fully tutored course over a few days while staying in the Lodge. Robert Gillespie is one of the worlds most qualified fly casting/fishing instructors and is available for one to one tuition in addition to offering excellent tuition to small groups and families. Robert was the first person to successfully take all three FFF (Federation of Fly Fishers) examinations at the one testing event, doing so in November 2004 on the Beaverkill river at Roscoe, New York State.

Floyd Franke, Past Chairman and spokesperson for the five Certifiers involved said –
…”Robert Gillespie, with his calm quiet, retiring demeanour proved to be the biggest surprise of all. He breezed through the tests with the confidence of the professional he truly is. He deserves the distinction of being the first to pass all three certifications offered by the Federation in a single testing event. I was very pleased to have been a part of this “historic” event”…

A tutored course at Delphi Lodge, with Robert Gillespie, is a wonderful, relaxing and learning experience for anyone who wishes to take their first steps into this rewarding form of fishing. For many fly fishing becomes a true passion.

Beginners Course
Beginner’s Fly-Casting and Fishing Course featuring Robert Gillespie

€850 full board
 (no single supplements) 

Max 8 students per course

Sunny day copyThese popular 3-day residential courses, normally run over weekends, provide an all-round introduction to fly-fishing. They are designed both for absolute beginners and for those wishing to improve their knowledge and eliminate troublesome casting faults.

The programme covers:

  • How to fish safely
  • Casting with single-handed rods
  • Correct rod-arm mechanics
  • Casting accuracy
  • Coping with windy conditions
  • Spey-casting and roll-casting
  • Leader making and fishing knots
  • Equipment appraisal; choosing tackle to suit your needs
  • Watercraft and how to read a river
  • Demonstrations of wet-fly, dry-fly and upstream nymph fishing
  • Fly-tying demonstration
  • An opportunity to river fish for trout each day
  • Guided boat fishing on one of Connemara’s premier fisheries
The courses are limited to eight participants.
A 50% deposit is payable on reservation. The balance is payable on departure. For details of Delphi’s cancellation policy, click on
 Reservations. Course dates are subject to change. Participants from overseas should await final confirmation of their course dates before.
Personal Course
Flyfishing School – Personal Tuition

FISHING TUITION (up to 3 persons)
2 hours’ Tuition @ €90 (€50 per additional person thereafter)

A half day’s tuition @ €180 (€50 per additional person thereafter)
A full day’s tuition @ €290 (€50 per additional person thereafter)
Robert in RiverBy arrangement, Robert Gillespie is available for personal one-on-one tuition at Delphi. This is probably one of the best investments an aspiring fly-fisher could ever make. Advance reservation essential. Accommodation charges are additional.
All Courses

All the Delphi courses involve maximum individual care and attention from Robert himself. After a course at Delphi, participants are equipped with all the knowledge and skills required for a long and successful fly-fishing life. All courses are residential and include accommodation and all meals. The prices are based on shared rooms – for single rooms a supplement applies (see below). Course participants should bring warm and proper waterproof clothing, including waterproof over-trousers and wellington boots, a hat and sunglasses or other eye protection. All fishing tackle is provided. But, if you have your own tackle, by all means bring it along for assessment by Robert as to its suitability.

Robert Gillespie - More Information
Robert Gillespie – More Information:

Robert_Portrait 1Robert was fully qualified at advanced level in all three disciplines in the Apgai-Ireland organization. Those were ‘Salmon Angling’ and ‘Trout and Sea Trout Angling’ and ‘Fly Tying’ disciplines.

He holds the Irish record for single hand distance of 39.08 metres, set when winning the inaugural Irish Open Professional single handed rod distance competition.

He is currently GAIA APGAI qualified in ‘Salmon Angling’ and ‘Trout and Sea Trout Angling’ disciplines.

He is currently a Double handed examining member of E.F.F.A. (European Fly Fishing Association)


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