Hatchery

Delphi Hatchery

DL_Hatchery_2497In recent years Delphi’s wild salmon stock has been greatly supplemented by a major hatchery programme which produces an extra 50,000 juvenile smolts for release and migration to sea each year. These hatchery salmon are indistinguishable from their wild brethren apart from a clipped adipose fin to indicate the presence of a coded wire nose-tag.

These extra fish, reared in Delphi’s own hatchery, are tagged prior to release and make the same journey to the north Atlantic as their wild cousins. Those that return are just as sporting and powerful as the wild fish; in fact they would be indistinguishable from them were it not for their clipped adipose fin.

The hatchery programme provides very valuable scientific data. For research purposes and to protect the genetic integrity of the wild fish, all hatchery-origin salmon must be killed. Any wild fish, in contrast, must be released alive (unless it is the very first salmon of a fisherman’s life).

23/07/2017

Week 29 Ends on a High

It’s truly amazing the dramatic change that occurs in the West of Ireland when you get weather fronts streaming in from the Atlantic. Valleys are transformed into rivulets of cascading water where just 24 hours previously there was […]

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17/07/2017

Good Numbers Running but Hard Caught

Week 28 was frustrating from a salmon angling viewpoint, with plenty of fish running but they were playing very hard to get. The water was quite low until Saturday when it rose to 35, after 15mms on Friday […]

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09/07/2017

Seventeen for Week 27

Our fishing here at Delphi has been steady for the past week, with seventeen fish landed in total. My own opinion is that the numbers caught don’t reflect the numbers running, with salmon being difficult to tempt, even […]

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