River Bundorragha (Delphi) Guide
The Bundorragha River is part of the famous Delphi fishery in County Mayo. As well as the river, the fishery contains Finlough and Doolough, which also produce plenty of Salmon and Sea Trout every season.
The river has 19 named pools, many of which were created in the latter part of the 17th century, by the addition of stone weirs all along the river. Being such a short river you’d expect the fish to run right through to the Loughs but instead they hold up in many of these pools.
The excellent Grilse run starts at the tail end of May and lasts through the summer, with July being the best month. The average Grilse is around the 4-5lb mark. The Delphi fishery also gets a small run of large summer fish, which can run to over 20lbs.
You can use up to a 14 foot double handed rod on the river, but a single handed 11 footer is fine for almost all of the fishing. You don’t need to worry about wading as it’s not necessary, nor is it allowed. A 9-11 foot rod is fine on the Loughs. You don’t need a Ghillie on the river but you’d be better with one on Finlough, and they are mandatory on Doolough.
To make up for the lack of Sea Trout the Delphi Fishery has its own hatchery, which releases thousands of extra Salmon smolts each year. These fish have their adipose fin clipped and are then tagged before being released back into the river. If you catch one of these fish when they return from the Sea, you must kill it as part of the research program on the Delphi. All of the wild fish must be returned to the water unharmed.
River Bundorragha (Delphi) Tributaries
No River Bundorragha (Delphi) tributaries listed.
River Bundorragha (Delphi) Neighbouring Rivers
River Carrowbeg (Westport)
River Manulla (Bellyvary)
River Owenglin (Clifden)
River Owenwee (Belclare)