At this time of year, it’s been a few months since most salmon anglers wet a line. For many it will be another few months, but in the meantime, a reminder of summer and better fishing days is here. The Delphi Fishery annual newsletter is now available on their website here, a must-read for many salmon anglers who have fished this little gem of a fishery, or those who are considering it.
Fishery manager David McEvoy opens with a highlight familiar to everyone – the return to some semblance of normality after a mad couple of years.
As David writes “This was without doubt the highlight, because
without people we have nothing, and you the
customers are all part of what makes Delphi such
a special place“.
Spring was actually quite productive, with numbers of multi-sea-winter (MSW) salmon up on recent years, despite a very dry April. Plenty of rain in February made for good early fishing, which continued into March and April. The best spring fish was a 14lbs salmon taken in early April by Paul O’Malley.
A slow start to June was swept away by a fine finish, with 29 fish in the last 5 days of the month, greatly aided by 171mms of rain arriving in the final week! That rain was a blessing, as it kept the fishery going until late July, when many river systems without lakes were already struggling severely with low water.
July fished reasonably well, but the warm, dry weather that we will remember the summer of 2022 for kicked in then. August is often a difficult month, and as the dry days ticked on, catches dwindled away.
Dry weather continued into September, with any rainfall quickly soaked up and flushed through the dry ground, and the only significant rain falling in the last 2 days. Salmon catches reflected this, although sea trout fishing was rather good.
For the full run-down, with some great writing and even better photos, read the newsletter here.
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 Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296