Salmon, Trout and Brown Trout Fishing
Ballynahinch River Fishery
The best known and largest salmon and sea trout fishery in Connemara, three miles of the river and adjoining Ballynahinch Lake is managed by Ballynahinch Castle. The Ballinahinch river has eight salmon beats and four sea trout pools along with downstream brown trout fishing.
Beats are available for a full or half day on a space-available basis if you are not a guest and the hotel also rents fly rods, reel and waterproof clothing. (095 31006)
The Owenglin is a narrow easily fished river that flows through the town of Clifden. It can be fished for about 8 miles upstream of the town and access to the river is easy in the lower reaches and can be fished easily with a single-handed fly rod. The fishery is owned by the Clifden Angling Association and visitor permits can be purchased from Stanleys in Clifden (095 21039)
The Lough Inagh/Derryclare Fisheries
Lough Inagh and Derryclare Lough, surrounded by the Twelve Bens and Maumturk mountains offer exceptional fishing for salmon, sea trout and large resident browns. The Lough Inagh Lodge offers four river beats and permits to fish for non-guests at the Lodge are available on a space-available basis. The Inagh Lodge also rents rod, reels and equipment at their tackling shop aswell as flies for the type of fish you’re after. Lough Inagh (095 34706)
The Erriff Fishery
The Erriff fishery is located in Leenane and is one of the premier fisheries in Ireland that is popular with returning guests annually. Characterised by lively streams and deep-fish-holding pools, it offers 8 miles of prime angling water, divied into 9 beats which are rotated amongst anglers daily. Flyfishing is the norm but spinning, worm and prawn may be permitted by the fishery manager at Aasleagh Lodge. (095 42382)
Renowned world wide for its excellent game angling in Lough Corrib, Oughterard also offers Coarse fishing on the near-by Ross Lake. Fishermen and women visit and return from all over the world to try their hand at catching some salmon and trout. Fly fishing is best practised throughout the year and throughout the season, which usually runs from February to September, the Oughterard Anglers host about six angling competitions.
The Culfin fishery runs alongside the Leenane-Tully Cross Road and comprises of the Culfin River, Lough Fee and Lough Muck. The fishery offers Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout fishing on the two lakes and river where both fly fishing and spinning is permitted and equipment to hire is available. Season details can be found on their website www.culfin.com
Galway Bay Fishing
Step aboard the fully equipped vessel the Maighdean Mara and fish the sea waters of Galway Bay. The vessel offers day and evening trips to the Aran Isalnds or down by the Cliffs of Moher for both group and private hire and whether its your first-time fishing or if you are an experience angler, the Galway Bay Fishing crew cater for all levels. When your trip has finished, a local restaurant in the area will cook your catch of the day for you to enjoy while you trade stories of your day out at sea.
Shore Fishing off the beaches and bays between Roundstone and Clifden is some of the best in Ireland. Shore anglers catch everything from ray and pollack to turbot and flounder.
Clifden has probably the best fishing waters in Europe. The scenery in this area is spectacular on land and at sea with a great variety of seabirds and wildlife, including seals and dolphins. Individuals are welcome, but why not get a group together (up to 12 persons) and have us arrange Celtic Queen Sea Angling give you an unforgettable day – Fishing, an Island trip and a Picnic on board!
John Ryan, Sky Road, Clifden, Connemara,Ireland.: +353-(0)95-21069 +353-(0)86-2484674
*Information from: Flyfishconnemara.com ConnemaraIreland.com Fishinginireland.info
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