David McEvoy reports from Delphi:

It’s ten years and ten days since Franz Josef Rothkotter and his son Nicklas first fished here at Delphi and on that occasion, it was young Nicklas who took the limelight, when he landed three Springers on his first day’s salmon fishing. They have both been a number of times since with Nicklas nearly always catching fish, but Franz Josef hadn’t been so lucky.

That all changed today, when Franz Josef hooked and after 25 minutes landed a magnificent fish of 18lbs 12ozs in the Rock Pool. The fish was taken on a fly that can only be described as a Conehead Cross between a Red Francis and a Monkey Dog, if that makes any sense! The fish was one of our own, as all wild fish are released and was more than likely a three sea winter fish. In other words, it would have been released as a smolt in late April 2016. All I can say is congratulations to Franz Josef, on landing his first Delphi salmon and doing so in such great style, in conditions that can only be described as horrendous, with a northerly gale and temperatures of approximately 5 degrees and the river running at 25.

We also had a fish yesterday when David Swaine one of our new syndicate members landed a cracker of 10lbs 7ozs from the Quarry Pool on a Dee Sheep. Again, conditions were terrible, with a north westerly gale and showers of hail, sleet and snow, and the river was only at 15.

Hopefully the weather will become a little milder over the coming days and with some more water I would expect to see more fish running.


We have recently renovated and refurbished our self-catering cottages here at Delphi.

Our cottages are surrounded by some of the highest mountains in the west of Ireland and are extremely popular with hill walkers, artists and those in search of a quite hideaway. These old world cottages, set in the most scenic and tranquil location are perfect for that well earned break.

We still have some availability left for the season, should you wish to check availability please do not hesitate to contact the office on +353 (0)95 42222 or email to [email protected]

David McEvoy
Delphi Fishery

Go fishing…

At Delphi Lodge, with many years of experience with the timing of the best runs of fish, we have in place a price system that offers both great value fishing and lets our anglers know when they have the best chance to catch a fresh run spring salmon or a summer grilse or Delphi sea trout.

Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphilodge.ie

Cold April photo by Carole
Cold April 2016 – Franz’s 18lb 12oz salmon would have been released as a smolt around the time this photo was taken by Carole in 2016