The Fishery

Delphi Fishery – Salmon Fishing in Ireland

Fly fishermen have been coming to Delphi for centuries. Formerly it was the sporting playground of the Marquis of Sligo. It is now particularly noted for its excellent runs of Atlantic salmon. There is also the added attraction of staying at the magnificent Delphi Lodge, a beautiful Georgian country house with a glorious lakeside setting, fine cuisine and great atmosphere.

The number of rods is limited to 12 per day (and only 8 in February and March). Fishing rotates between the river and lakes on a half day basis to provide maximum variety of scenery and opportunity. Fishing is by fly only except for some early season trolling on Doolough.

Larger spring salmon, weighing between 7lbs and 20lbs, generally run into the Delphi system between January and June, followed by the smaller and more plentiful grilse of 2lbs to 6lbs, from mid June to late August. By September there is a full population of fish in the system. Fresh run fish may be taken in Delphi at any time from February 1st. The wild salmon stock is now supplemented by a hatchery programme which produces 50,000 smolts per annum. These fish have their adipose fins clipped to distinguish them from their wild cousins. To protect the genetic integrity of wild fish all those of hatchery origin must be killed. By contrast any wild fish, unless it’s the angler’s first ever, must be released. All sea trout are fished on a catch and release basis.

The Delphi system includes the Bundorragha River, Finlough, Doolough and Glencullin.
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16/09/2017

36 for August and September Rolls On

We ended up with thirty six fish for August here at Delphi which wasn’t too bad, but we would have hoped for better given the number of fish in the system and conditions that were for the most […]

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26/08/2017

Fifteen since Last Update

As is often the case with August there are plenty of salmon in the system but they become more challenging from an angling perspective. Conditions have been good with plenty of water and levels rarely fell below 40 […]

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12/08/2017

73 for July

July this year saw a further improvement on June with 73 fish landed for the month as opposed to 55 in June. It was also a vast improvement on last year, with good numbers of fish running throughout […]

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