Fishing in Northern Ireland: Plenty of opportunities
Fly Fishing in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland with its host of fresh water rivers and lakes is an ideal destination for lovers of angling in general and fly fishing in particular. Though I am not particularly enthralled by the sport, here is some information nonetheless. Enjoy your game, don't mind me!
How Fly Fishing got started
Hmm, yes, I must know the history behind everything. Even the history of fly fishing!
In his work Varied History he described how Greek anglers used an artificial fishing lure made of red wool and feathers.
Modern methods of fly fishing are thought to have originated in England and Scotland. Northern Ireland is not to be undone, however. With a host of rivers, brooks and small lakes you are sure to find what you are looking for.
Fly Fishing in Antrim
Antrim is anglers paradise.
The most sought after fish is the Dollaghan, a local variety of brown trout. It is found mostly in lake Lough Neagh, the largest fresh water lake in the UK at 151 sq. miles, where it spends most of the year but returns to the numerous rivers and streams that flow in and out of Lough Neagh during autumn to spawn..
Anglers love it because it is larger than most other Irish trout.
Salmon is common in many rivers in the area, especially the river Bush.
The River Foyle
The river Foyle flows on the western part of Northern Ireland through counties Tyrone and Londonderry as well as through county Donegal in the Republic of Ireland.
It is considered one of the best rivers for salmon fishing on the whole island.
The best period for salmon fishing in Northern Ireland is from the end of March to the end of September.
A popular destination is Baronscourt estate in County Tyrone. The magnificent house of the Lord Abecorn family since 1612, it offers accommodation and conference facilities and offers access to 24 pools ideal for salmon fishing. Costs are higher from mid June to end of September due to high demand.