Whilst Ireland may at first appear as a small country, the sheer number of rivers both large and small, not to mention a whole host of loughs and smaller waters, can often overwhelm an angler wondering where to fish. Over the last few weeks we have been adding more fishing availability to our Irish section.
River Bann System
The Bann and its tributaries are notable salmon rivers, but also have sea trout, trout and dollaghan and some excellent coarse fishing. The beautiful River Bann provides the perfect experience for every angler. It rises in the Mourne mountains and flows into and then out of Lough Neagh – the largest freshwater lake in the Europe.
The Upper Bann is a medium-sized river noted for its brown trout fishing, which can be good throughout the season, but especially so when there are hatches of black gnats or blue winged olives. Salmon and dollaghan may be present in June, but it is generally later in the season before there are significant numbers. Day tickets are available for the tributary rivers, such as the Moyola where the dollaghan, a unique species of trout, exists which migrates to and from Lough Neagh.
River Foyle System
This provides approximately 900 miles of prime salmon, sea trout and trout fishing and is one of Ireland’s most prolific grilse and summer salmon fisheries. Situated in the north-west region of Northern Ireland the Foyle system is one of Ireland’s most prolific grilse and summer salmon fisheries with the peak months being June and July. Though where there is a mild and wet August, not uncommon in Ireland, the fishing can be as equally good as the two prior months. The autumn months of September and October can also fish well given the right conditions. Fisheries scientists estimate that the run of salmon in this river system in 2007 was in the region of 80,000 fish. The River Foyle has the largest population of Atlantic salmon in Northern Ireland, with around 15% of the estimated spawning numbers
River Moy: The West of Ireland is, undoubtedly, one of Europe’s top angling destinations and visiting anglers from around the world consider it as a ‘salmon fishing paradise’ providing excellent salmon and sea trout fishing opportunities using both fly and bait methods. The average annual salmon rod catch on the Moy during the last ten years is a staggering 6,000 plus fish.
If we’ve wetted your appetite to book a day or fishing trip to Ireland please view our Fishing in Ireland section on the FishPal system, alternatively speak to one of our customer services team on 01573 470 612. As we introduce more Irish rivers, loughs and fisheries to the site we will be keeping our customers up to date with the latest news. TightLines from the FishPal Team