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).

20/03/2020

Important Notice

Dear Regular Guests, Friends and Supporters, Sadly, we have had to make a very difficult decision and close Delphi Lodge with immediate effect. Delphi Lodge will close on Friday 20th March and re-open on Friday 29th May. This re-opening date […]

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10/03/2020

March & April 2020 Special Offer

Breakaway for a one or two night staycation in Delphi Lodge, Connemara. A one night stay in a Premier Lakeview Room, including a six course Dinner, Bed and full Irish Breakfast for €130 per person sharing midweek and €140 per […]

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06/03/2020

Yvonne To the Fore Again

Well it certainly doesn’t seem like four years since Yvonne landed her 20lbs6ozs fish in the Waterfall on International Women’s Day. Believe it or not Yvonne managed to do it again one day short of International Women’s Day. […]

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