Here we are in August already. Unbelievable. If you’re planning your visit to the area here’s what’s going on in Connemara, Galway and Westport – not far from the comfort of Delphi Lodge. This month you can bike, […]
World-class instruction at Ireland’s most beautiful fishing lodge
At 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.
Delphi Flyfishing School Robert Gillespie part1
Delphi Flyfishing School Robert Gillespie part2
€850 full board
(no single supplements)
Max 8 students per course
These 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:
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)
By 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 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.
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.